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Senior Pastor:

Billy Ragland  
Billy became our Youth and Children's Minister on October 1, 2007.  He has 33+ years in Youth Ministry, served as the Youth Team Leader for the Transylvania Baptist Association for 14 years, and has run a high school sports website since 1999.  He received a degree in Marketing and Computer Science from Asheville Buncombe Community College and the University of North Carolina at Asheville.  He is a graduate of Rosman High School.  He was born in Marysville, California, but has lived most of his life in the Brevard area.  He is the son of Bill and Lucille Ragland, and has one brother, Dale Ragland, and one sister, Rhonda Ragland Burris.

"I'm excited about what God is doing in our student ministries at Morningside.  It is my desire to see our students develop a genuine relationship with Christ, learn what being a Christ follower means, and then provide opportunities for them to use their gifts to reach their families, friends, community, and world.  My favorite verse is Galatians 2:20 'I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.'   That was my grandmother's favorite verse, and it reminds me that all I do is made possible only through faith in Christ.  You can find out more about our youth and children's ministry here on the website
 or give me a call."