At Leesville Baptist Church, our doors are open to every soul seeking to welcome Jesus Christ into their hearts. We foster a community where we teach individuals to show their love for The Lord and for one another through worship, fellowship and community service. Members of our church are those who build relationships with our family through community groups, volunteer activities, worship services or learning. We welcome all individuals seeking God’s love. We teach the doctrines of our Savior in prayer, and invite you to open up your hearts and allow his grace to penetrate into your soul and being. We welcome the chance to meet and minister to you and your family.

Meet Our Staff

About Us

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We at Leesville Baptist Church are currently in search for our new Pastor.

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Bill Preston


I have served as Deacon at Leesville Baptist Church for 5 years.   I am a Senior Chemist at Consolidated Safety Services where I manage a research laboratory in RTP, NC.  I am also the technical lead for methods development for emerging techniques that analyze volatile and semi volatile organic compounds.  I enjoy spending time with my wife, Ann,  and 2 sons-John (20 years old) and Nathan (14 years old).  My hobbies include family time, basketball and golf.


Dennis Berry


I have been a lifelong resident of the Leesville Community. My great grandparents moved from Raleigh to the very much country community of Leesville township in the mid 1800's. I have been married to my wife Dianne for 47 years. My family has faithfully served Leesville Baptist Church for five generations. Now retired from "real" jobs, I now work full time spoiling my two grandchildren and serving the Lord.


Janet Masters


My husband, Mike, and I moved to Raleigh from Tennessee in 1983. I didn't start searching for a church home until 11 years later, when my dad found out I hadn't and started praying about it. One reason was that my brother had passed away in 1991, and by the second hymn I was always in tears. Leesville Baptist was the praying church I needed to call home. 

In 2020 I retired after 45 years as a software engineer supporting electronic library systems.

I'm the world's worst procrastinator, and almost always arrive everywhere five minutes late. I love working in the church's library and serving people. 


Megan Candora

Praise & Worship Leader

I am originally from Kansas and moved to Raleigh in 2005. My husband and I have been members of Leesville Baptist Church since 2010. We had been searching for a church for quite some time and immediately felt at home at Leesville. Everyone was warm and friendly from day one. I worked in Commercial Banking for 14 years before we had our first child. I now homeschool our two boys and enjoy providing free piano lessons to members in my spare time.