Dr. Lon Chenowith
Director of Missions and Associational Missionary
Pastor Lon was born in Covina, California, raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, and married to: Katherine (Kay) Shelley of St. Augustine, Florida. The two of them met at Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. They have two sons and a daughter: Malachi, Nathanael, Karis and three grandsons: Isaiah, Isaac and Gabriel, and one granddaughter, Emily. Their sons are in British Columbia and China, and their daughter lives in North Carolina.
He has studied at Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma, where he got a Bachelor of Arts (’80) in American Studies; went to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas, where he received a Masters of Divinity (’83) with emphasis in missions and evangelism; and then at Luther Rice Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia, where he has a Doctor or Ministry (’92) with a dissertation on discipleship.
He has served as a church planter with First Baptist Church, West Pembroke Pines, Florida, 1983 – 1988; a church developer and planter with Mineral Wells Baptist Fellowship, Mineral Wells, West Virginia, 1988 – 1994; a Senior Pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Oneida, Tennessee, 1994 – 2008; a Chaplain for St. John’s Welfare Federation and Interim Pastor at GracePointe Baptist Church in St. Augustine, Florida, 2009 – 2010; a Senior Pastor at Baptist Home Church, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, 2010 – 2013; an Interim Pastor at Arlington First Baptist Church, Jonesville, North Carolina, 2013 – 2014; and a missionary evangelist since 2006 with Way of Grace International. He was elected as the Director of Missions for Sandy Run Baptist Association in Bostic, North Carolina, March 2015.
Lon has been a Bible preacher and mission work nationally and internationally . He has published a book called Five Million Steps: Adventure along the Appalachian Trail. It is comprised of stories of faith and witnessing along the 2,170 mile trek through 14 states in 14 years of backpacking from Georgia to Maine in the USA. He and his wife also published High Calling: A Training Manual for Men of God and Ladies of Grace in 2016.
Kay completed a Masters in Biblical Counseling from Luther Rice Seminary in Atlanta in May 2014. She has led youth mission teams, done county-wide National Days of Prayer and has been a featured speaker at ladies conferences. As a pastor’s wife, she has also served as VBS Director, taught Bible ladies studies, worked in prayer ministries and has done extensive work in hospitality.
Administrative Assistant-- since April 1, 2018