Staff & Leadership

Matthew 20:26-28  ~ Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

We are passionate about serving like Christ.  We endeavor to lead lives of worship, demonstrating the love of God through the ministries in which we have been called to serve.


    LEAD Pastor

    Brandon Teachey is the Lead Pastor of JMC (Johnson Memorial Church) located at McGee’s Crossroads, NC. His heart is to see people transformed through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Each week his inspiring messages challenge, yet encourage hundreds of people to grow closer in their relationship with God. He is known for his practical and dynamic teaching styles which help people apply the timeless truths of Scripture to their every day lives.


    Pastor Brandon is native to the eastern parts of North Carolina but has resided in the Benson area for over 5 years. He is committed to bringing Jesus to his local community in an understanding and relatable way. He graduated from Heritage Bible College with a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies with a focus in Missions and Evangelism. 


    Worship Pastor


  • Hugo & Leslie Zacarias

    STudent Pastors

    Together, Pastor Hugo and Leslie serve as the middle and high school leaders at JMC. Investing into JMC Students has been a passion of theirs over the last two years. They thoroughly enjoy growing God’s Kingdom through His Word, discipleship, worship, and prayer, all while building relationships that last a lifetime with the students. 

    They have two children, Darin, 19, and Jayden, 7. They have been married for three years and have served in ministry together for over 5 years, both internationally and locally. 

    In their professional life, Hugo has worked with The Neuse Termite and Pest Control for over 17 years. Leslie has been in the banking industry for 11 years and is currently employed at AgCarolina Farm Credit. Both Hugo and Leslie strongly feel that their work field is also their ministry field. Above all, leading others to Christ is their number one goal, daily. 

  • terry byrd

    Administrative Assistant


  • Joanne Collier


    My mission as Administrative Assistant is to assist the Pastor so that he may concentrate on his ministry, to make JMC as inviting and friendly as I can, to make sure we have all we need to keep it all running smoothly,  to be available to anyone who has questions or needs, and to do this in a timely, loving manner.

    I have attended JMC for about 50 years. I married my husband, Paul, here in 1964. Our two children grew up at JMC, and during those years we served as Youth leaders. I consider JMC my home and the people here my family!

  • Natalie Gurley

    Pre-school director

     In addition to her love for serving God, her church and community, Natalie has a heart for preschool-age children.  She is very proud of the ministry that has been built by many at JMC Preschool and feels extremely blessed with a staff who love Jesus, love children, and love teaching children about Jesus.  

    Born and raised in the McGee’s Crossroads community, Natalie has attended Johnson Memorial Church all her life.  Spending time with family is among her favorite things to do, and she is thankful for the love and support of her husband, Richard, and their two daughters. 

  • Ryan & Irene Hunt

    Kids Directors

    Disciples of Christ, followers of the Holy Spirit, children of God by adoption. Ryan and Irene lead the Children’s Team. Ryan is the Children’s Pastor for K-5th grades each Sunday morning delivering the message and leading praise. Irene is the chief administrator for the Children’s Program and ministers/teaches as the opportunity arises. They work together to provide Christ centered learning opportunities for the kids throughout the year. Both have a passion for the word of God and building a Christian foundation in our children. 

    Professionally, Ryan is a Director of Application Development. Irene home schools their children. In addition to these pursuits, they are committed to growing in their faith and building up the body of Christ.
  • Barry & Joanne honeycutt

    Life Group Leaders