Summer '24 Speakers  

  • week ONE :: Josh Woodcock

    Josh has been a born-again believer since 2014. After Jesus found him, Josh became a youth pastor in Florida for 3 years, and then moved to North Carolina to get his MDIV in Pastoral Ministry at SEBTS. Currently, Josh is the pastor at Drakes Branch Baptist Church in Drakes Branch, VA. His passions include serving Jesus by teaching His Word, hunting, fishing, and almost any sport. 

  • week TWO :: JAMIE DEW

    Dr. James "Jamie" K. Dew is the president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's in New Orleans, LA. Prior to his coming to NOBTS, Jamie served as Vice President of Undergraduate Studies and Distance Learning and Associate Professor of Philosophy and the History of Ideas, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jamie served as senior pastor of Stony Hill Baptist Church, Wake Forest, NC, for eight years and in a variety of church ministry positions including minister to adults, youth minister, and interim pastor. Jamie and his wife Tara are the parents of two sets of twins – Natalie and Nathan, Samantha and Samuel.  

  • Week THREE :: Ben Price

    Ben is the Associate/Youth Pastor at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Banner Elk, NC. 

    He and his wife Liz met at TVR where she grew up and he worked for many years as a staff member. Ben graduated from Appalachian State University and loves to study and teach the Word of God. Ben and Liz have four awesome kids - Laurel, Judge, Willow and Miles. The whole family loves the outdoors, hiking and adventuring. They all love TVR - three of the kids have worked there on summer staff and the last one can’t wait!

  • week FIVE :: William 'duce' branch

    Duce was raised by his father in New York City, where his passion for urban ministry began.  Through his career as the Christian hip-hop artist, "The Ambassador," and a fervent love for the Gospel, Duce has reached out to the hip-hop and urban community for over two decades. He is currently involved in leadership with Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC, and is pursuing a PhD through Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also serves as Assistant Professor of Preaching and Bible in the College at Southeastern. Duce has spoken at camp several times in the last few years and it has always been a blessing. Duce is married to Missie and they have five beautiful children.

  • week Six :: ricky lee

    Ricky Lee is the Pastor for Discipleship and Care at Grace Community Church in Angier, North Carolina. He and his wife April met at TVR and served on staff for about a decade before the Lord led them to Grace. Ricky is one of the most relatable people you will ever meet, and his humble leadership and dynamic teaching truly open a door for him to be able to share the Word of God in a way that makes people want to listen. Ricky and April have five precious, full-of-life children.

  • week Seven :: Josh Benfield

    Dr. Josh Benfield is an elder at Fairview Baptist Church in Apex, NC where he previously served as Pastor for Students. Josh began serving in full-time ministry in 2002 at TVR (where he also met his wife Tracy) and has served the church for more than 22 years. Josh and Tracy have been married for 20 years and they have 4 children between 8 and 15 years old.  He has worked for 9 years with an organization that serves high school students and helps them to prepare for college and career. His hobbies are getting his kids to sports and music practice, loves serving in local ministries with his family and, of course, being at TVR!! 

  • week Eight :: Shane Padgett

    Shane Padgett is the Pastor of Families and Next Gen at Warren Baptist Church in Augusta, GA at their Grovetown Campus. Shane has served in Student Ministry for over 24 years. He has also serves in various character and leadership coaching positions in local High Schools. Shane has been married to his beautiful bride, Diana, for 19 years. They have 3 children – Daisy (13), Andrew (10), and Sawyer (8). Shane enjoys fishing, working out, and sharing the Gospel!