Leadership

Pastors

  Mike & Darla Rakes- Mike and Darla have always done ministry together as a team. They are both passionate about pursuing intimacy with God and His great purposes in the earth. They love God, people, and helping others live to their greatest potential. They came to Winston Salem First in 2006 with a message of renewal and restoration.   Darla Rakes had an encounter with God in 2007 that exchanged who she thought she was for who God said she was. One phrase that constantly surfaced in those early days after her encounter was, “I am who God says I am.” She delivered her first message in 2007 and now shares the podium every week with Mike.   Darla has two degrees in Art from Missouri State University and University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, graduating both with Summa Cum Laude honors, and she is creative in every way. She also has a Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership and serves alongside Mike as a Lead Pastor of Winston Salem First.   Darla is responsible for Sunday ministry atmospheres and the spiritual development of the staff. She grew up without a father and with an abusive stepfather in her teen years. She’s now turned all of her energy toward her perfect Father in heaven and loves to read, pray, and spend long periods of time with Him in worship and contemplation.    Mike is kind, yet opinionated about the direction of God’s church. He often speaks of people being the greatest kingdom resources in the North American Church. He is all about mobilizing people to get involved with what God is doing on an hourly basis.   He is the author of Slings And Stones: How God Works in the Mind to Inspire Courage in the Heart, released by Charisma House. In 1995, Mike had a visitation from God that still shapes his theology and vocabulary to this day.  He is known for inventing words and rearranging phrases that create new opportunities for people to experience God.   Mike is the founder of the 24sixchurch and believes what happens in a believer’s life six days a week is just as important as Sunday church. His ministry is always about empowering the underestimated to step into their God-given assignments. Mike serves as the North American representative for the Coalition of Transformational Churches and as the Vice Chair of Oral Roberts University Board of Trustees.   Find Pastor Mike & Darla online: Twitter & Instagram- @drrakes and @darlarakes Facebook- Mike-Darla Rakes Mikerakes.com    

 

Mike & Darla Rakes- Mike and Darla have always done ministry together as a team. They are both passionate about pursuing intimacy with God and His great purposes in the earth. They love God, people, and helping others live to their greatest potential. They came to Winston Salem First in 2006 with a message of renewal and restoration.

 

Darla Rakes had an encounter with God in 2007 that exchanged who she thought she was for who God said she was. One phrase that constantly surfaced in those early days after her encounter was, “I am who God says I am.” She delivered her first message in 2007 and now shares the podium every week with Mike.

 

Darla has two degrees in Art from Missouri State University and University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, graduating both with Summa Cum Laude honors, and she is creative in every way. She also has a Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership and serves alongside Mike as a Lead Pastor of Winston Salem First.

 

Darla is responsible for Sunday ministry atmospheres and the spiritual development of the staff. She grew up without a father and with an abusive stepfather in her teen years. She’s now turned all of her energy toward her perfect Father in heaven and loves to read, pray, and spend long periods of time with Him in worship and contemplation. 

 

Mike is kind, yet opinionated about the direction of God’s church. He often speaks of people being the greatest kingdom resources in the North American Church. He is all about mobilizing people to get involved with what God is doing on an hourly basis.

 

He is the author of Slings And Stones: How God Works in the Mind to Inspire Courage in the Heart, released by Charisma House. In 1995, Mike had a visitation from God that still shapes his theology and vocabulary to this day.  He is known for inventing words and rearranging phrases that create new opportunities for people to experience God.

 

Mike is the founder of the 24sixchurch and believes what happens in a believer’s life six days a week is just as important as Sunday church. His ministry is always about empowering the underestimated to step into their God-given assignments. Mike serves as the North American representative for the Coalition of Transformational Churches and as the Vice Chair of Oral Roberts University Board of Trustees.

 

Find Pastor Mike & Darla online:

Twitter & Instagram- @drrakes and @darlarakes

Facebook- Mike-Darla Rakes

Mikerakes.com

 

 

  Clint & Claire Jett – Clint and Claire Jett come from ministry families. They have previously served as Senior Pastors, Executive Pastors, and Associate Pastors. Both have advanced graduate degrees, and Pastor Clint is in the final stages of earning a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy. The Jetts bring energy and joy to every aspect of WSF and oversee all the Adult Ministries.   

 

Clint & Claire Jett – Clint and Claire Jett come from ministry families. They have previously served as Senior Pastors, Executive Pastors, and Associate Pastors. Both have advanced graduate degrees, and Pastor Clint is in the final stages of earning a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy. The Jetts bring energy and joy to every aspect of WSF and oversee all the Adult Ministries. 

 

  Brayden & Heather Rakes – Graduates from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, this couple brings an authentic approach to the most challenging issues facing the next generation. Heather’s grandfather pastored WSF decades ago. Brayden and Heather have innovative ministries focusing on the relational aspects of disciple making. Brayden and Heather are responsible for all the Student Ministries, including Middle School, High School, and College-age.  

 

Brayden & Heather Rakes – Graduates from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, this couple brings an authentic approach to the most challenging issues facing the next generation. Heather’s grandfather pastored WSF decades ago. Brayden and Heather have innovative ministries focusing on the relational aspects of disciple making. Brayden and Heather are responsible for all the Student Ministries, including Middle School, High School, and College-age.

 

  Holly & Brandon Potter – Holly grew up at WSF, left to attend North Central University in Minneapolis, returned with a degree in Children’s Ministry, and has served on staff for 15 years. In 2014, Brandon and Holly’s son, Evan, became a focal point to elevate the faith of WSF. The church rallied in prayer for his miraculous healing, and God came through. Together, Holly and Brandon oversee all the Kids’ Ministries from birth to 5th grade.   

 

Holly & Brandon Potter – Holly grew up at WSF, left to attend North Central University in Minneapolis, returned with a degree in Children’s Ministry, and has served on staff for 15 years. In 2014, Brandon and Holly’s son, Evan, became a focal point to elevate the faith of WSF. The church rallied in prayer for his miraculous healing, and God came through. Together, Holly and Brandon oversee all the Kids’ Ministries from birth to 5th grade. 

 

  Terrance & Allonda Hawkins – This couple is known for their love of Winston-Salem and all of those who call this city their home. Together, they bring a passion to create reconciliation in the hearts of God’s people and connect them to God. They’ve written character curriculums that are currently used on multiple school campuses across the Triad. They founded and lead L.I.T. City and oversee all the Outreach Ministries of WSF.   

 

Terrance & Allonda Hawkins – This couple is known for their love of Winston-Salem and all of those who call this city their home. Together, they bring a passion to create reconciliation in the hearts of God’s people and connect them to God. They’ve written character curriculums that are currently used on multiple school campuses across the Triad. They founded and lead L.I.T. City and oversee all the Outreach Ministries of WSF. 

 

Associate Pastors

  Ashley Reyes – Ashley oversees the Prayer Ministry and altar ministry teams for all the worship services. She works directly under the ministry and leadership of Pastor Darla to help elevate spiritual awareness and provide opportunities for the people of WSF to pray and seek the Lord.   

 

Ashley Reyes – Ashley oversees the Prayer Ministry and altar ministry teams for all the worship services. She works directly under the ministry and leadership of Pastor Darla to help elevate spiritual awareness and provide opportunities for the people of WSF to pray and seek the Lord. 

 

  Kristen Edgar – Kristen, a Wake Forest University graduate, serves directly under Pastor Holly to help deliver effective ministry to our children. Engage Kristen in a conversation about connecting kids to God and watch her eyes tear-up with passion for these precious little ones.   

 

Kristen Edgar – Kristen, a Wake Forest University graduate, serves directly under Pastor Holly to help deliver effective ministry to our children. Engage Kristen in a conversation about connecting kids to God and watch her eyes tear-up with passion for these precious little ones. 

 

Campus Pastors

  Ariel Ivey – A daughter of Pastors in Hickory, Ariel joined the Student Ministry Team right after graduating from Bridges Christian College. She is a dynamic communicator and passionate about girls pursuing God’s will for their lives.   

 

Ariel Ivey – A daughter of Pastors in Hickory, Ariel joined the Student Ministry Team right after graduating from Bridges Christian College. She is a dynamic communicator and passionate about girls pursuing God’s will for their lives. 

 

      Holli Johnson – Holli Johnson and her husband, Bobby, have been a part of WSF for many years. They are passionate about leading people into a deeper place with God through worship. Holli leads the Worship Ministry of WSF and is a prolific songwriter, arranger, and mentor of young musicians.   

     

Holli Johnson – Holli Johnson and her husband, Bobby, have been a part of WSF for many years. They are passionate about leading people into a deeper place with God through worship. Holli leads the Worship Ministry of WSF and is a prolific songwriter, arranger, and mentor of young musicians. 

 

  Joe Musten – Joe and his wife, Emily, are staples around among the WSF family. Joe, best known for his musical gift on the drums, stepped into a role of ministering to Middle School students in the fall of 2015. They know well the struggles of Middle School and love connecting with these students.   

 

Joe Musten – Joe and his wife, Emily, are staples around among the WSF family. Joe, best known for his musical gift on the drums, stepped into a role of ministering to Middle School students in the fall of 2015. They know well the struggles of Middle School and love connecting with these students. 

 

      Joseph Bullin – Joseph is a bright light around WSF. He has a desire to serve those in need and adds his own energy in the café and in the Kids’ Ministry. He is a graduate of Bridges Christian College.   

     

Joseph Bullin – Joseph is a bright light around WSF. He has a desire to serve those in need and adds his own energy in the café and in the Kids’ Ministry. He is a graduate of Bridges Christian College. 

 

  Jordan Kelly – Jordan is a worship leader, pastors’ kid, and student pastor focusing primarily on assisting Pastor Brayden Rakes with High School and College-age students. Jordan brings an insight to the Student Ministry that adds value to every student. He is a graduate of Bridges Christian College and has a heart for worship like no one else in his generation.   

 

Jordan Kelly – Jordan is a worship leader, pastors’ kid, and student pastor focusing primarily on assisting Pastor Brayden Rakes with High School and College-age students. Jordan brings an insight to the Student Ministry that adds value to every student. He is a graduate of Bridges Christian College and has a heart for worship like no one else in his generation. 

 

  Monti Swicegood – Monti serves the WSF community through hospitality, using food and refreshments to engage with the needs of people. She has served in nearly every role at WSF for nearly two decades and has a heart to help hurting people.  

 

Monti Swicegood – Monti serves the WSF community through hospitality, using food and refreshments to engage with the needs of people. She has served in nearly every role at WSF for nearly two decades and has a heart to help hurting people.

 

Pastoral Mentors

  Elwood & Glenna Rakes – This couple has served faithfully in ministry for more than fifty years. They are loving, gentle, and deeply spiritual. Elwood and Glenna bring a maturity and steadiness to the younger members of the Pastoral Team at WSF. They oversee all the Legacy Ministries, as well as caring for families going through life-changing crises.   

 

Elwood & Glenna Rakes – This couple has served faithfully in ministry for more than fifty years. They are loving, gentle, and deeply spiritual. Elwood and Glenna bring a maturity and steadiness to the younger members of the Pastoral Team at WSF. They oversee all the Legacy Ministries, as well as caring for families going through life-changing crises.