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


Recent Blog Posts

The New RBC Food Pantry

The New RBC Food Pantry will open to the public in mid-July. Distribution will be performed on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. A sign-up sheet will be available in the fellowship hall lobby for volunteers. Each volunteer will be provided a...

Rawls Baptist Church Homecoming Celebration

The Rawls Baptist Church Homecoming Celebration will be October 14, 2018, celebrating 105 years of God's Faithfulness! Dr. Timothy Warren from Dallas Theological Seminary will be our guest speaker. Be sure to mark your calendars and look for more information and...

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