Dr. Cranford is from High Point, NC and has earned a bachelor's of science degree from Western Carolina University. Kent pursued a career in biochemical research while working at Wake Forest University Medical School but was called into Christian ministry. He sought and received further education at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY receiving the MDiv. and DMin, degrees. Before being called to Loray, he ministered in churches in Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina and Georgia. Kent's wife is Janet and they have three children. He has been our pastor since 2005.
Mrs. Starr is a graduate of Gaston College and has been previously employed by the Greater Gaston Baptist Association and another local church. She grew up in Cherryville, NC in a pastor's home but moved to Gastonia where she has raised a family with her husband Baxter. Cynthia is more than the "church secretary." She serves as the director of Women on Mission for the church and is the unofficial "confident and counselor" of many of our members. She is gifted as a pianist and fills in for services as needed. She has served full time for our church since 2005.
Mrs. Starnes is also employed with the Gaston county school system as a substitute teacher. She accompanies several high and middle school choruses in Gaston and surrounding counties. Christine is married to Jarrod who volunteers his time on Sunday mornings as our sound board operator. Musically talented, Christine is the assistant director to the Gaston Choral Society. At Loray, she directs our choir and assists in the planning of our worship services. Christine has served our church as Music Director since 2012. Prior to that she served as our pianist.
Teresa Bradley is our volunteer Youth and Children's Director. She is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University. She has four children and eight grandchildren. She has ministered to children in various ways throughout her adult life as a Girl Scout leader, choir director, and church and community volunteer. She teaches our youth in Sunday School and on Wednesday evenings and is our VBS Director. If you would like to contribute to this ministry, please contact her.