Ministry Staff


  • Pastor Ben Whitmire


    Pastor Ben Whitmire was born and raised in Monroe North Carolina. While growing up, Pastor Ben and his family attended Antioch Baptist Church where at the age of 15, he responded to the drawing of the Holy Spirit and was saved. He made the decision to dedicate his life to the Lord's service and answered God's call to the ministry at age 18. Pastor Ben graduated from Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute in 1996 and then served as Pastor and Youth Pastor at several churches in the Charlotte metro area before coming to Locust Grove. Ben is married to Jenifer and they have two children, Timothy and Gracie. Pastor Ben has continued his formal studies of the scripture by completing his Bachelor’s Degree and is continuing to pursue a Masters Degree in Theology.

  • Associate Pastor Scott Reece

    Associate Pastor Scott Reece came to Locust Grove in the fall of 2012 as Associate Pastor. He is a local guy, who grew up in the Weaverville area. He came to faith in Christ at 20, releasing his own will to truly follow Christ. His ministry actually began serving in the local church as a deacon and youth leader. After a mission trip in 2000, God challenged him and he answered the call into pastoral service. He served 10+ years as a youth pastor before coming to Locust Grove. He is also the Human Resource Manager for a company in Spruce Pine, NC. He is passionate about people and their accepting the call to simply be disciples and follow Christ. 

    He married his high school sweet heart, Crystal. They have 3 children, Jared, Jordan and Anna Grace. 

  • Youth Pastor Jeremy Kurth

    Pastor Jeremy Kurth was born in Tomahawk, WI. Shortly after his high school graduation, he enlisted into the United States Navy. While serving in the military, he came into a personal relationship with Christ at age 19.  A little over a year later, he was baptized and answered the call to ministry. He served in multiple positions in Florida as a youth leader and youth pastor. Pastor Jeremy graduated from Word of Life Bible Institute in Hudson, FL in 2008. He furthered his education and graduated from Trinity College of FLorida with a Bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry. He looks forward to continuing his studies in pursuit of a Master's Degree in Theology. Jeremy married his beautiful wife Pamela in 2011. They have two children, Landen and Mia Grace.

  • Secretary

    Brittany George currently serves as Secretary at Locust Grove Baptist Church. She grew up in Weaverville and has attended Locust Grove her entire life. She is married to Justin and has two children, Ian and Ava. She enjoys and appreciates the opportunity to serve God and the members at Locust Grove.