PASTORS & STAFF

Our pastors and staff are dedicated to leading by following the example Jesus set before us…to lead by serving.

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many."
(Matthew 20:28)


NHC is led by a committed and godly team of men.  We call these guys our "pastors" or "elders", and they are responsible as a team to lead and equip the church to fulfill our purpose to Love God, Love Others and Reach the World.  To accomplish this, each of our elders leads a different area of ministry and/or mission.

Along with our pastors, our three additional staff members assist in leading different areas of ministry in the church.

  • RICK LAWRENSON - LEAD PASTOR

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    Rick has been on staff at NHC since 1991 and is continually amazed that he has been given the opportunity to pastor a most amazing community of believers.  Along with preaching most Sunday mornings, Rick teaches our Discovering Life at Nags Head Church class, and serves as the leader of our team of pastors, ensuring that our vision stays true to our beliefs.  He has undergrad ('77) and seminary ('84) degrees from Liberty University and Seminary in Lynchburg, VA.

    You can often find Rick hanging out with Nags Head firefighters and police officers and responding to those in need following traumatic events in his volunteer role as the town's fire and police chaplain.  He also serves as chaplain to the Outer Banks Detachment of the Marine Corps League.  As an author, he writes a weekly column in The Outer Banks Sentinel, and in 2018 The Replanted Church, Rick’s first book, was published.

    Rick and Gail celebrated 40 years of marriage in 2017.  They've called the Outer Banks "home" since 1986, which gives him a unique perspective on reaching our resort community.  They are the proud parents of Nathan (married to Tricia), Sarah (married to Terry) and Rachel (married to Ramon) and love spending time with their four grandchildren.

  • TOM LEE - PASTOR of partner care

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    A member of our elder team since 1996, Tom and his wife Sandra have been Partners at NHC longer than anyone, attending since his childhood.  Tom leads our Usher Team, our Partner Care team and teaches on Sundays several times a year.  When he's not serving at NHC, Tom operates a drywall and painting business.


    Tom and his wife, Sandra are the parents of four daughters and six grandchildren.

  • ANDY LAWRENSON - MObilization Pastor

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    Andy has been on staff since 2001 and has recently transitioned from youth ministry to organizing our Mission Teams, coaching our Ministry Teams, and leading our Discipleship strategy.  Along with teaching our CLASS: 201, Andy helps our partners grow in their faith and equips our team leaders to help our partners use their gifts in serving the church.


    Andy  oversees our mission strategy of supporting and equipping church leaders in the nation of the Bahamas.


    Andy and his wife, Misha and their three children love living in the Outer Banks.  Andy's is a foodie and enjoys cooking and eating out, and  he loves to take his Jeep four-wheeling on the beach.  Andy volunteers his time as a little league baseball coach.

  • BURNIE STAPLES - EXECUTIVE PASTOR

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    Not only is Burnie one of our elders but he is also our volunteer executive pastor, Burnie oversees the administration of our staff and church finances.  Burnie also plays the bass guitar in the MilePost13 band.

    While his service at NHC is as a volunteer, Burnie stays extremely busy with his business ventures. Burnie and his wife, Roxanne commute from Chesapeake, VA every week where they spend much of their time hanging with their six grandsons.

  • BONNIE BEACHAM - CHILDREN'S MINISTrIES Director

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    A recently retired elementary school teacher of thirty plus years, Bonnie has a heart and a gift for working with children.  Hired on staff in the spring of 2015, Bonnie has already led our children's teams to the next level and has more exciting plans for the future.  You'll find her and her team of thirty NHC Partners serving 100 plus children in Cowabunga Cove every Sunday.

    Outside of work and ministry, Bonnie enjoys camping and traveling with her family.

  • Ramon Sanchez - Student pastor

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    Ramon became our student pastor in January of 2018.  He has been an NHC Partner for thirteen years and has volunteered in student ministries for twelve years and is now one of our elders. Ramon is passionate about teaching and equipping the students of G252 and the youth adults of his C-Group to grow in their relationship with Jesus.

    Ramon is also our Connection Groups Coach.  He oversees and encourages our C-Groups to maintain a healthy atmosphere in which they can grow in Christ together.

    Ramon and his wife Rachel have been married for ten years and have two children, Ramon III and Evaine.

  • Luke Culley - Worship Leader

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    Luke has been on staff since May 2018.  Luke is a recent graduate of Liberty University.  On Sundays you can find Luke on our stage leading us to worship God in music.  His love for worship is evident in his leadership.

  • Scott Williams - Pastor/Elder

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    Scott has been active in Nags Head Church since moving the OBX in 2009 to become the Northeast NC Area Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  He is a  1991 graduate of Virginia Tech and received his M.Div degree from Southeastern Seminary in 2002.  

    Scott has been involved in student ministry for 25 years, the past 20 with FCA.  He's been involved in the G252 Student Ministries at NHC since 2010 serving students.  


    He's been married to Lori for 25 years and has two daughters, Chloe and Judy.