Pastor Jason Lee Watford was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1980. He was saved at the age of twelve at Mt. Olive Baptist Church under the preaching of Bro. Dave Roberson. He also surrendered to preach at the age of twelve at a Youth Camp on a Thursday night. He began growing in the Lord under the leadership of Dr. B. G. Buchanan while attending Central Baptist Church and School. After graduating high school in 1998, he attended Hyles-Anderson College where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Theology.
He married his high school sweetheart, Kelli, in 2000 and they have 4 children together: Kaden, Kelcie, Kylee and Kinsey.
After graduating from Hyles-Anderson College in 2002, he went to Open Door Baptist Church in McComb, Mississippi, where he served as the Youth Pastor. In 2006, he went to Jacksonville, Arkansas to serve as Youth Pastor at Bible Baptist Church. While there he helped to build the youth ministry, bus ministry, and taught an adult Sunday school class. He received his Master’s and Doctorate Degree in Pastoral Theology, and eventually became the Vice President of Bethel Baptist College. All of these ministries grew under his direction and leadership.
He came to Pastor Spring Creek Baptist Church of Seven Springs, North Carolina in July of 2013.
Since that time, our church has started a Missions Program and is supporting twenty-one missionaries around the globe. We have had a record attendance of 1128. We have expanded our visitation efforts with an adult and teen/junior visitation time weekly. Many folks have been saved and baptized and joined our church. In 2015, we started an Upward Sports Program with over 60 children enrolled. Also in 2015, we started a preschool and are at max capacity; looking to expand it in the near future. We plan to begin building a new auditorium in the near future. We plan to use this to reach our community even further. God is greatly blessing the efforts of His people as we strive together to serve Him. We are thankful that God sent Pastor Watford and his family to Seven Springs, North Carolina.
Miss Brenda Irby grew up just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio and was saved at the age of 12 while attending camp with her home church. She graduated in 2015 with her Secretarial Studies Certification, in 2016 with her Christian Counseling Certification, and again in 2017 with her Bachelors of Science in Secretarial Studies all from Hyles-Anderson College. She has been on staff here as Pastor’s Secretary since August of 2017 and can normally be found somewhere around the kids. She works in the preschool as a closer in the afternoons, assists in A.W.A.N.A. Clubs, Teaches a 2-4 year olds class, assists in the Junior High Class and in the Children’s Church service as well as our Nursery Director.
Mrs. Kelli Watford is our Preschool Director. She started the Spring Creek Christian Preschool in her home, and now is at max capacity in the preschool. She sings in the church choir and has assisted wherever needed.
Mrs. Rebecca Dyer is the K-2 Preschool teacher here at Spring Creek Christian Preschool. She graduated from the University of Mount Olive in 2008 with her Associates in General Studies and in 2010 with her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. She has worked here since 2016. She also helps out with the Youth at Heart meals.
Miss Sarah Smith is the K-3 Preschool teacher here at Spring Creek Christian Preschool. She graduated from Texas Independent Baptist Seminary in 2015 with a Bachelors in Religious Education. She also helps out in the Children’s Church as Coordinator and the A.W.A.N.A. Clubs program here. She has been on staff here since 2017. She assists with the Upward Sports program and is fluent in American Sign Language.
Mrs. Lara Johnson is the K-4 Preschool teacher and the Assistant Director here at Spring Creek Christian Preschool. She graduated from Horry-Georgetown Technical College in 2014 with her Associates in Science and Health Science. She married Steven Johnson in 2015, and has worked here ever since. She is the director of our A.W.A.N.A. Clubs program here.