rick  Gutierrez

lead  Pastor


Rick was born in Weehawken, NJ, but grew up in Angier, NC. After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, he pursued a career in pharmaceutical and medical sales. In 2003, Rick accepted the call to full-time, vocational ministry and enrolled at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) where he earned his Masters in Divinity. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry in Christian Leadership.

Pastor Rick has served as interim pastor at Crossway Church (Apex, NC), pastor of college & singles at Apex Baptist Church (Apex, NC), and pastor of biblical living at Explore Church (Fuquay-Varina, NC). In April 2013, Rick and his family moved to Angier, NC to plant Anthem Church. Currently, Rick serves on the Board of Directors of Angier's Chamber of Commerce. 

Rick is married to Jamie, and is father to Edie, Ellie, Emmett, and Eve.

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brent  honeycutt

Director of ministry services


Brent was born and raised in Fuquay-Varina, NC. He graduated from Mount Olive College with a degree in Business Management, and is currently employed by Brinley's Grading Service, Inc. as a site work estimator. 

Throughout his life, Brent has served in all areas of church life: youth ministry, Sunday school teacher, A/V team, small group leader, etc. He has served as a deacon at Piney Grove Chapel Baptist Church (Angier, NC) and as an elder at Explore Church (Fuquay-Varina, NC). Brent's current role at Anthem is to help coordinate between our various ministries. Since we consider our ministry directors to be deacons, Brent is our head deacon.

Jimmy  Baughan

Director - Local School Mission


Jimmy was born in Louisiana but grew up in Gibsonville, NC. He graduated from NC State University (Go Pack!) in 2003 with degrees in Biological Sciences and Science Education. He earned his Master of Secondary Education from UNC-Charlotte. Jimmy has taught at Clayton High School, Middle Creek High School (Apex, NC), completed an administrative internship at Willow Springs Elementary School and is now serving as an Assistant Principal at Holly Springs Elementary.

Anthem Church has adopted Angier Elementary School (AES). Our hope is to be a blessing to the staff at AES, serving and volunteering to help teachers in educating the next generation. Jimmy's role is to coordinate our efforts at AES, and, in the future, at our other local schools as well.

Jimmy and his wife, Stephanie, also lead our student ministry.

jennifer  payne

director of children's ministry


Jennifer oversees our children's ministry team. Her role is to communicate and coordinate with all kids' volunteers to ensure that our children's environments are safe, nurturing, well supplied, and focused on our mission of filling Angier with love-filled, faith-filled, hope-filled children who follow Jesus.