Chris Phelps, Pastor –

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Chris comes to Southeast from the First Baptist Church in Graham, NC where he was Minister of Education for over 14 years. He began his work as Pastor in June of 2009. He has over 30 years of ministerial experience serving in churches in Durham, NC; South Boston, VA; Monroe, NC; Graham, NC and Greensboro, NC. Chris is a 1983 graduate of Elon College with a BA degree in Human Services and a 1986 graduate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master’s degree in Divinity with Religious Education. He is a loyal UNC Tarheel fan who enjoys playing basketball weekly at the gym, playing golf and helping with SESO soccer in the spring and fall. He and his wife, Becky, live in Julian, NC. They have two daughters, Caroline and Rosemary.

Tyson Hankins, Music Director –


Tyson has been a part of the ministry team since 2005. His ministry of music and his eagerness to serve others has been a blessing to Southeast. He also works at Elon University in the Music Department and Performing Arts Department. Tyson is an accomplished pianist and musician. He is a graduate of Jacksonville University with a BM degree in Composition/Theory and Piano Performance and a 2007 graduate of UNC-Greensboro with a MM degree in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music. He enjoys playing for community theater and musicals. He, his wife Caroline, and his daughter Molly live in Greensboro.


Garrett Bowman, Minister to Youth and Children –

Garrett Bowman

Garrett began his ministry with us in mid-August, 2016. Garrett and his wife Bridget live in Stokesdale, NC. Garrett graduated in 2017 as a student at the Baptist House of Study at Duke Divinity School and Bridget is a third-grade teacher at New Vision School of Math, Science and Technology in Madison, NC.



Bonnie Barker, Financial Services Director –

Bonnie has been with Southeast since 1996. She serves as Church Secretary and Financial Services Director. Bonnie has a graduate degree in Banking from Chicago Institute of Finance. She retired as Vice-President of Gate City Federal Savings & Loan Association (merged by BB&T) after 35 years of service before coming on board at Southeast. Bonnie loves playing golf and enjoys being in the outdoors with her two grandchildren. She lives in Greensboro.

Shelia Sabin, Pianist

Sheila has been a part of the Music Ministry of Southeast Baptist since 1983. She previously served as pianist at First Baptist Church, Deerfield Beach, FL before moving to Greensboro in 1980. She enjoys traveling, reading and watching sports with her husband, Walt. They live in Gibsonville and have one daughter, Allison, who resides in Raleigh, NC.