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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phil  hart - church elder

Director of ministry services


Phil was born in Nashville, TN and grew up mostly in TN and GA.  For two years during college Carson-Newman University), he worked in Nashville as a music writer and producer.  After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army. Commissioned as a 2LT, he served in combat in the first Gulf War, then for 6 more years in peacetime before leaving the military.  He earned an MBA from Kennesaw State University while working primarily for Fortune 500 companies for 14 years, including Norfolk Southern, Merrill Lynch, and The Hartford. Currently, Phil's is a consultant for the military.


Phil became a Christ-follower at the age of 10. He was ordained as a deacon by his church in GA at the age of 24 after serving one year as a deacon apprentice.

Anthem’s many ministries require a great deal of administrative coordination and information flow. Phil's role is to help our ministries maintain alignment with our vision and mission and to ensure that our ministries work synergistically together to accomplish the greater things God has entrusted to AnthemChurch.


Phil’s wife, Jenny,  leads our church-wide Connections Team designed to help members and new attenders connect with one another..

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.