Our Church Staff:
Mike Ragland - Senior Pastor
I was born and raised on the Westside of Jacksonville, FL and graduated from Edward H. White High School. Attended Florida Community College at Jacksonville then transferred to Liberty University and graduated with an Associate of Science in general studies and Bachelor of Science inReligion, Psychology, and Business and then completed my Master of Biblical Studies from Trinity Baptist College. After high school Publix Supermarkets hired me and worked for nearly twenty years there before joining my brother’s family business and spent seven years working at Ragland and Sons Landscaping. After the time with my brother God called me into full time ministry after being a bi-vocational lay pastor for four years and served as associate pastor at Normandy Park Baptist Church. I have been at Crown Point Baptist Church since 2019. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for over 30 years and have two son’s Cody and Chad.
My life was changed and was saved at my house during my junior year in high school and immediately my life was different. Was able to follow up with believer’s baptism and get involved in alocal church and the youth group which led me to become a leader in the youth group at the church. It was here that God called me into ministry while on a weekend retreat with the youth group in Daytona Beach, Florida. I thought it would be immediately but as in all things it was God’s timing not mine. During this time of preparation an opportunity came to get involved in missions that carried meacross the globe with short term trips which led to organizing and leading these trips. I have a heart for my community and the different people groups that compose my community and well as going across this great country and into other countries to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to all who will listen.
My greatest joy is that my wife and sons love to go out in the community and on short term trips to share their faith and point others to Christ and see lives transformed with the Gospel of Jesus.
There is a passion for me to see people excel and become followers of Christ which far exceeds anyformal training you can gain from a classroom. I am committed to helping people reach their potential of living out their lives rooted and grounded in God’s Word and to be successful in their personal lives
Drew Pilkenton - Youth Pastor
Drew was called to be the Youth Minister at Crown Point in October 2014. Overall he has been in the Youth Ministry for eleven years and has served churches full time in both North Carolina and Florida. He has a strong passion for sharing his faith and teaching others to do the same. He loves Apologetics, Presidential history, and is a huge N.C. State Wolfpack fan.
Drew's favorite scripture verse is Acts 4:20 -“For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” He is married to his wife Courtney who also helps out with the youth and together they have one son, Sawyer.
Dori Bennett - Children's Director
With a great love for others, especially children, Dori has served as our Children's Director for over fifteen years. With a background in early childhood development, Dori’s desire is to partner with parents in bringing little ones to Jesus. Having recently retired from the Federal Reserve where she was a member of the Support Services Division, she now has the opportunity to devote herself fully to the ministry and her family.
Dori and husband Jim have been married for more than thirty-five years and have two children and four grandchildren. Jim is a marketing specialist with Advantage Sales Corporation and has been with his company since their family relocated to Jacksonville in 1998. Dori’s life verse is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Be joyful always, pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Ellen Ferris - Preschool Director
Ellen has served as the Preschool Director at Crown Point Baptist Church since April 2008. She loves teaching the children about Jesus! Ellen has had the opportunity to serve in her church's children departments since she was a teenager and feels that God has blessed her with a heart for the little ones. Ellen had a home based childcare service for twelve years in Virginia Beach, VA.
Ellen and her husband, Lee, have a daughter, two sons, and three grandchildren. Lee actively serves in the Sound Ministry at our church. Ellen’s life verse is Jeremiah 29:11 -“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.” Lee’s life verse is Romans 5:8- -“But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”