Aversboro is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bios of our leadership team, their qualifications for ministry, and a way to get in contact with them
Dr. Jeffrey Sholar
Office: 919.779.0434 ext. 224
Pastor Jeffrey is a native to southeastern North Carolina - a Duplin county boy from the crossroads community of Pin Hook. He was raised on a farm and came from a large family. Jeffrey worked with Carroll’s Foods in the late 1990s and accepted the call into ministry in November of 2001. In 2002, he was hired by First Baptist Church of Wallace NC as their minister of youth. While serving FBC-Wallace, he attended Campbell University and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and a Master of Divinity Degree with emphasis on Pastoral Care and Preaching. Upon completion of his Master of Divinity, Jeffrey transitioned into his first senior pastor position by accepting the call to Sawyer’s Creek Baptist Church in Camden NC. He later moved to Cedar Falls Baptist Church in Fayetteville NC in 2012 and served them for seven years. While serving as senior pastor at CFBC, Jeffrey earned a Doctor of Ministry from Campbell University Divinity School in 2017. He is a member of the Board of Ministers at Campbell University and a licensed Prepare-Enrich counselor. Jeffrey has a passion for marriage ministry and helping young couples enrich their marriages.
Pastor Jeffrey is married to his wife, Amanda, and the father of a daughter, Isabella, and son, Wells. He enjoys the time he spends with his family - being a husband and dad. When personal time becomes available, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and golf.
Rev. Danny Poyner, Jr
Minister of Music and Worship
Office: 919.779.0434 ext. 230
Pastor Danny is a native of central North Carolina, where he grew up running around farms throughout Johnston County. Prior to surrendering to full time ministry, he was working in radio broadcasting and promotions. Danny holds a Bachelor of Arts from Campbell University in mass communication (broadcast production), and a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Worship Leadership. He has served as church pianist since age 10. Danny served on staff at First Baptist Church, Cary for more than 20 years before accepting the call to Aversboro.
Deuteronomy 8 is his ministry's focus. In summary, "Take care lest you forget the Lord your God." (Deut 8:11)
Pastor Danny is married to his wife, Jill, and they have two teenage boys, Samuel and Vincent.
Rev. Joe Sinclair
Minister to Students
Office: 919.779.0434 ext. 228
Pastor Joe completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1984 at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. His major was Psychology, with an emphasis on Childhood and Adolescence Development and Counseling. Joe completed his Master of Divinity Degree with Christian Education in 1998 at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Studies included: counseling, youth ministry, children's ministry, education ministry, and Christian School Administration. Joe has been involved in Youth Ministry since his college days. He spent five years with Household Financial Services before entering the ministry full time in January 1990. In addition to serving in the local church, Joe serves as a Student/Youth Resource Specialist for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina - facilitating leadership training for student leaders in the areas of Bible Study, Discipleship, and Planning. Joe was the 2001 Recipient of the Outstanding Young Religious Education Leader Award, presented by the Baptist Association of Christian Educators for his contributions to Youth Ministry. Joe joined the staff at Aversboro Road Baptist Church on May 1, 2000, as Minister to Students (Junior High, High School, and College) and Young Adults. In addition, he coordinates our Audio-Visual, Digital Media, and Technology Ministries at Aversboro. Joe is a certified Prepare-Enrich Counselor to foster healthy relationships in the areas of Premarital, Marriage, Parenting, and Families. He has additional training in Conflict Coaching and Mediation to help individuals, couples, and families.
Pastor Joe is married to Selena and they have three adult children: Melissa, Jennifer, and Jacob.
Minister to Children
Office: 919.779.0434 ext. 229
Pastor Hunter traces his faith in Christ to the earliest time he remembers it being shared with him by his mother at five years old, shortly following his sister Hannah’s passing at 13 months old. His positive experiences in both the children’s and youth ministries of his home church growing up have inspired and driven the focus of his ministry niche today. He believes strongly in how such ministries and the people in them can have a lasting impact on young people for the long term. He hopes that the ministry done now in our children's lives will leave a Gospel legacy felt in both this life and the next.
He received his Bachelor of Arts from the School of Christian Ministries at Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs, GA, in 2013.
Pastor Hunter, and his wife Kristen, have one son, Liam, who is seven years old.