MEET OUR STAFF

 
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PASTOR FREDDY JOHNSON

LEAD PASTOR

Freddy and his wife, Helen met in Asheville, NC and have been married for 21 years. They have 2 children, Taylor (19) and Bailey (10).

Freddy left the business world after giving his life to Christ in a bar and has been in full-time ministry for nearly 30 years.

He has served as a Pastor to Single Adults, Pastor to Missions, Executive Pastor as well as Lead/Senior Pastor. He served as a liaison to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Ministries for seven years and traveled all over the world during that time. He has studied at The Stephon Olford Center for Expository Preaching (Memphis, TN) and Fruitland Bible Institute. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and Master’s degree in Christian Studies from Luther Rice Seminary and University. He believes God has called him to teach/preach the Bible, help churches and people find their mission and purpose, so they can join God’s work in their city and the world.

Freddy’s life verse is 1 Chronicles 4:10 which says, "Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, 'Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!' And God granted what he asked." (Christian Standard Bible)

Freddy enjoys spending time with his family and he loves sports of all kinds with football, basketball and “Shuffling” (used to be called running) being his primary focus.  

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Sam Stevens

Student Pastor

Sam Stevens was raised in a Christian home, when he got to the University of South Carolina, he realized that he merely had a head-knowledge of God rather than a heart-knowing of Him. Sam would have told you that Jesus was “a” way, and “his” way, but not necessarily the only way. Through the influence of a godly discipler and the leading of the Holy Spirit, Sam came to profess genuine faith in Christ as a sophomore in college. After that, he became very active in lay leadership and ministry at various churches he attended, including Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia, SC, where he had the privilege of meeting and befriending Pastor Freddy. Sam has a heart for discipleship and a passion for teaching and preaching God’s word.  An Army and Gulf War veteran, Sam currently serves as the General Manager of a local moving company. He has four daughters, ages 9 through 14. 

 
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Holly Vanco

Kid's Director

Holly is the oldest of four kids and has attended North Point since she was 8 years old. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where she studied Biology. During her time at USC, Holly began to feel called toward missions leading her to move to Haiti in 2021 where she serves as the Children’s Advancement Director for Disciples’ Village.  However, due to the political unrest in Haiti, she came back to the United States and has been unable to return. She looks forward to seeing what God has in store for this next chapter in her life and serving the children and families of North Point!

 

Holly’s favorite verses are Philippians 4:4-7, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)

 

She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, all things coffee, and music.

 
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Lisa Beasley

Worship Leader

Lisa has been married to her husband Terry for 29 years and is the mother of six children.

Her favorite verse is Philippians 4:13 which says, "I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me." (English Standard Version)

 

Lisa enjoys cooking for family, gardening and doing home projects.

Praying is her therapy!

 
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Bettine Riggs

Adminstrative Assistant

Bettine and her husband Steve met through a mutual friend in 1996, a short year later they were married, and their two families became one. Together they have three (3) adult children, Justin (33), Emily (30), & Amber (27). They also have four (4) grandchildren, two (2) nephews, & two (2) nieces, Cristian (12), Jessica (10), Delia (8), Kevin (2), DeAndre (20), Timothy (16), Alexis (13), & Christina (11). All of whom they help raise, so you know there is never a dull moment!

At the age of 41, Bettine returned to school and at the age of 50 she obtained her Master’s degree with honors proving you are never too old to learn something new and excel at it with God’s support & power. Since obtaining her degree she has felt lead to serve God which led her to meeting Pastor Freddy and eventually North Point Community Church.  

Bettine’s life verse is Philippians 4:13 which says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (English Standard Version). She uses this verse to remind herself with God’s strength anything is possible. 

Bettine enjoys time with her family, painting, crafting, gaming, and spending time outdoors.