Meet the Leadership

Clarence Hardison Jr.

Senior Pastor

Born in Morehead City, N.C., Clarence Hardison, Jr. is passionate about preaching and teaching God’s Word.

An alumnus of East Carolina University in business administration, Clarence enjoyed playing shortstop for the Pirates baseball team. After working several years in the business sector, Clarence began post-graduate work in accounting at North Carolina State University. It was during this time that God gave him a desire to help people understand the Bible. Clarence and his family moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1989 so he could pursue a Master of Theology degree at Dallas Theological Seminary.

After graduating seminary in 1993, Clarence faithfully served as an associate pastor and a senior pastor in Indiana. In 2012, he became senior pastor of Rawls Baptist Church. Clarence provides the Rawls church family a leadership style grounded in the Word of God. He also brings to the pulpit a teaching ministry that enables people to learn the Bible and to grow in their Christian walks.

Clarence is married to Debra, a Fuquay-Varina native. The couple has one adult son, Will.

Joe Starr

Worship Leader


Melissa Cates

Children’s Director


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New Members Class

If you are interested in becoming a member at Rawls Baptist Church, or would like to know more about what we believe as a church, you are invited to attend our New Members Class on May 21 at 6pm. Please contact us and indicate that you are interested in the membership...

With Love from Jesus

WUC will be volunteering at With Love from Jesus on Saturday, May 20. We will leave the church at 7:30am. The event is from 9am - 2pm. The entire congregation is invited to attend and serve. There is a sign up sheet in the lobby of the fellowship hall.

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