Pastors & Staff

Brian Dawson

Associate Pastor of Students & Education

Pastor Brian was born in Atlanta, GA but has called the Eastover area home since an early age. He is a graduate of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, VA, where he earned a Master of Arts in Religion in Church Ministries. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Educational Ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX. He continues to enjoy watching God transform the lives of children, teenagers and their families since he began working with them in 2001. Pastor Brian is married to his beautiful wife and junior-high sweetheart, Sarah. They are blessed with two wonderful children, Aidan and Allie and their dog Chance.

Dawn Seegars

Worship Leader

Dawn Seegars is a native of Fayetteville.  She is a graduate of South View High School, and earned a nursing degree from Bladen Community College.  As a bi-vocational worship leader, Dawn’s passion for worship ministry is born out of her love for God, and for His people.  She realized early in her walk with the Lord that His children were created to worship Him.  Her heart’s desire is to see disciples of Christ commissioned for personal and corporate worship, and she works diligently at not only leading corporate worship, but raising up new musicians and vocalists to be leaders in worship as well.  Three years ago, Dawn was led to begin Tempo, The Temple Arts Institute, a ministry of Temple Baptist Church, where she and other instructors help train even our youngest musicians through individual voice and piano instruction, and Kindermusik.  Along with her heart for worship ministry, Dawn has a heart for missions and outreach.  She involves the entire worship arts ministry in several outreach opportunities each year, and has been on various mission trips locally and internationally.   Dawn is married to her best friend, Bo, and they are parents to 7 children, ranging in age from 26 to 7.  They enjoy traveling, live music, and sports, but are happiest when their entire big family is together.

Trent Haywood

Pastor of children & families

Pastor Trent hails from Lumberton, NC and accepted God's call to vocational ministry in 2013. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and his Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served previously as youth Sunday school teacher and pulpit supply at various churches and served most recently as the Associate Pastor of Green Springs Baptist Church. Having been blessed to accept Christ at an early age under the care of Christian parents, Trent desires to see children and families come to Christ and to develop in them a biblical foundation that will last for eternity. In addition to his responsibilities as Children's Pastor, he sells cars at his family's dealership in Lumberton. Trent is married to his precious wife HaLeigh and is enjoying time with his three children Blaise, Arlo and Ellie.

cynthia Johnson

Ministry Assistant

Cynthia Johnson is a native of Fayetteville. She is a graduate of Douglas Byrd High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix, and a bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Ministry from Carolina College of Biblical Studies. Cynthia is married to her best friend Bill, and they are parents to six children and grandparents to nine. They enjoy traveling, live music, hiking, and riding together on their Harley, and are happiest when their big family is together. Bill and Cynthia find their greatest joy in serving the Lord, both in their vocation and together.

Shari Pier

Temple Christian Academy Director