Pleasant Hill Baptist Church


Dr. Jack R. Hodges, Jr. - Senior Pastor
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Dr. Jack R. Hodges, Jr. was called to be the Senior Pastor on April 30, 2017. Jack has served in the ministry for 40 years. Before coming to Pleasant Hill, he previously served for 18 years at Mountain Grove Baptist Church in Granite Falls, NC as Minister of Pastoral Counseling and Restoration and previously as Singles Minister. Prior to that, Jack and his wife, Shawn, served as missionaries with the International Mission Board for nearly 15 years in the Gaza Strip and in Nazareth, Israel, where they served as Church Developers and had the pleasure of planting a church in Nazareth, Israel. Dr. Hodges earned his Doctorate of Ministry degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, and his Bachelor of Science in Education from Appalachian State University. Jack and Shawn have been married for 44 years and have three married children, Daniel, Joshua, and Lydia and fourteen grandchildren. Jack loves App State football and enjoys music, skiing, scuba diving, and traveling.

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Rev. Van Buchanan - Children’s and Youth Ministry Pastor
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While working a secular job in the mid-90s, I was asked by my supervisor if this was what I saw myself doing until retirement or was there something else that I had in mind? My answer was that I felt the Lord calling me into the ministry. I answered God's call and over the next 20 years (from 1996 until 2017), I was blessed to serve as a minister of youth and children at several different churches. Many years ago, while having lunch with my daughter at her elementary school, I was asked if I would accompany her and her classmates to the playground. A lasting impression was made that day as I stood in the middle of all those children being bombarded with questions. Before I could answer a single question, another, then another was asked. What an experience! Young minds are very inquisitive. Because of this I have been involved with children’s worship services, Good News Clubs, AWANA, and youth Bible studies while also participating in local mission projects, and children’s camps as well as mission trips and camps for middle and high school students (aptly named ‘adventures’ by a student). In October 2021, after taking some time away from full-time ministry, God once again called me back and has allowed me to serve as Pastor to the Children and Students of Pleasant Hill. If you and your family are searching for a place to worship and serve, the invitation is open to join us as part of a wonderful congregation. You will be loved and accepted and made to feel at home. My wife, Deanna, and I have been married for 34 years. We have two children, Hillary (husband, Bryce) and Zach (wife, Eliza).
One of my favorite passages from Scripture is from ‭‭Daniel‬ ‭3:17-18‬, “If the God we serve exists, then He can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He can rescue us from the power of you, the king. But even if He does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.” (HCSB)‬‬

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Mrs. Amy Dixon - Administrative Assistant
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Mrs. Amy Dixon serves as part-time Administrative Assistant. Her husband, Brandon, is currently serving as Chairman of our deacons, and they have two daughters, Cameron and Casey. Amy enjoys time with her family and cheering on their favorite teams (NC State/Appalachian/UNC football & basketball). She also loves reading, hiking & spending time in God’s creation. Psalm 8:3-5 is among her favorite verses.

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