PASTORS & STAFF

At NHC, 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 five 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 two 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.

    Rick and Gail celebrate 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 Moore) and Rachel (married to Ramon Sanchez) and love spending time with their four grandchildren.

  • TOM LEE - ASSISTANT MINISTRIES PASTOR

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    Tom has been a partner of NHC for just about longer than anyone, literally attending NHC since his childhood.  Tom helps coach and equip our many ministry teams, along with occasionally teaching on Sundays.  Tom operates a drywall and painting business.


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

  • STEVE WISE - DISCIPLESHIP PASTOR

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    You'll often find Steve in the ocean, catching waves and teaching kids how to surf as our Hukilau Surf Camp Director.  As our discipleship pastor, Steve teaches our Discovering the Basics CLASS and leads our team of trained counselors.

    Steve and his wife, Diana are long-time OBX residents who spend as much time outdoors as possible.

  • ANDY LAWRENSON - STUDENT AND MINISTRIES PASTOR

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    Andy has been on staff since 2001 and is passionate about reaching middle and high school students and helping them to develop into fully devoted followers of Christ.  Andy has surrounded himself with a fantastic youth ministry team who work with parents and assist them as they disciple their children.  Along with teaching on Sunday nights at Loft Students, Andy coaches our ministry team leaders. 


    Andy also volunteers his time as the chaplain for the Manteo High School Football Team.

    Andy and his wife, Misha and three children love living in the Outer Banks.  Andy's favorite foods are hot dogs and ice cream.

  • BURNIE STAPLES - EXECUTIVE & MISSIONS PASTOR

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    Although Burnie has been pastoring at NHC for several years now, he remains our "newest" pastor.  As our executive pastor, Burnie oversees the administration of our staff and church finances.  Burnie also organizes and oversees our short-term mission trips around the globe.

    Burnie and his wife, Roxanne commute from Chesapeake, VA every week where they spend much of their time hanging with their five grandsons.

  • BONNIE BEACHAM - DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTrIES

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    A recently retired elementary school teacher of 30+ 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 30+ NHC Partners serving nearly 100 children in Cowabunga Cove every Sunday.

    Outside of work and ministry, Bonnie enjoys traveling with her three children.

  • NATHAN LAWRENSON - WORSHIP AND CREATIVE ARTS & CONNECTION GROUPS COACH

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    Nathan is passionate about helping others realize their purpose as artists and worshippers.  On staff since 2006, you’ll often find Nathan on stage with The MilePost13 Band, working behind the scenes with our tech and arts teams and coaching our Connection Group leaders.


    In addition, Nathan volunteers his time with our local Fellowship of Christians Athletes.


    Nathan, his wife, Tricia, and their two children Hunter and Gwyneth love the beach and spending time with friends and family.