Our Staff

Gary Shugart

Lead Pastor

Gary serves as our Lead Pastor. He is married to Debbie and they have a son, Dylan, who lives with Jesus. Gary and Debbie are originally from Calhoun, GA. Prior to serving at Antioch, Gary served as the Senior Pastor of Red Bud Baptist in Castalia, NC, and as an Elder at Grace Baptist in Wake Forest, NC. He holds a Master of Divinity, a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, and an Associate of Divinity from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.

Richard Hovater

Next Generation Pastor

Richard serves as our Next Generation Pastor. He is married to Robin and has two children: Luke and Clara. Richard and Robin met while they were attending Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. While at Southeastern, Richard earned a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology degree. He is currently a Ph. D. student at SEBTS. Richard also serves as a Professor of Theology and Church History at the Carolina College of Biblical Studies in Fayetteville, NC.