PASTOR JASON SMITH
As founder and lead pastor, Jason Smith has helped plant and grow Latitude Church from the beginning. In June of 2014, God instilled a vision in Jason, and called he and his family to plant Latitude Church in Eastern North Carolina. Jason holds a Bachelors Degree of Religious Studies from Liberty University. He is passionate about reaching the lost, and seeing lives changed for Christ. Jason and his wife, Christina, live in New Bern, NC with their two sons, Garrison and Chandler.
Corey began leading worship through various avenues at a young age, which eventually led him to the position of lead singer of a band known as Awake the Fire. They traveled for 5 years, and on many occasions worked alongside Pastor Jason while leading student conferences. Corey came on staff at the conception of Latitude church in 2014. He now oversees the worship experiences at all campuses, as well as the teams that lead them. He and his wife, Ashley, live in New Bern, NC with their two sons, Ayden and Liam.
Jen began serving with Freedom Kids at the conception of Latitude Church in 2014. She came on staff in January of 2016, and now oversees the ministry, its teams, and the children and families that they serve. She is passionate about teaching children about Jesus in fun and creative ways, and loves helping families grow together in their relationship with Christ. Jen and her husband, Chad, live in New Bern, NC with their four children: Josh, Alex, Ali, and Ella.
After giving his life to Jesus in 2008, TJ felt the call of God on his life to serve the local church through vocational ministry. This lead to him getting his first ministry position at the age of 19. Since then, TJ has seen hundreds of people come to know Jesus through youth ministry, conferences, camps, church services, and special events. TJ came on staff at Latitude in 2017, and now serves as our Student Pastor. He believes that there has never been a better time for a young person to be a part of the local church and to change the world around them! TJ lives in New Bern, NC with his wife Mindy, and their son, Zeek.
Donny has been an owner of Latitude church since July of 2014, and was brought onto the Elder board in February of 2016. He served within the church for four years prior to coming on staff as our Executive Director in June of 2018. Donny has over 28 years of experience in business and team management. He and his wife Cindie are originally from Springfield, Ohio, and moved to New Bern, NC in 2010. They have 4 Children: Megan, Jordan, Emalee, and Abagale.
Becky has been an owner of Latitude Church since it’s conception and joined our staff in the Spring of 2015. She currently works as our Executive Coordinator, assisting our Executive Director; however, has had the blessing of working in many different staff roles over the years, including getting to work with our Freedom Kids and Guest Experience Ministries. Becky and her husband Kirk live in New Bern, NC.
Guest Experience Director
Freedom Kids Director (New Bern Campus)
Maintenance Manager (New Bern Campus)