Meet Our Leadership

Pastors

Senior Pastor

Peter Rochelle

Founding COTR in 1999, Peter’s calling is to encourage and equip God’s people through faithful expository preaching and teaching. Peter also enjoys riding Harley Davidson motorcycles, playing basketball, and reading.

 

Peter was born and raised in Raleigh, NC and is married to his beautiful wife, Kimberly. Together they have two daughters, Jamie Elizabeth and Kristin Nicole.

Peter's favorite verses are 2 Corinthians 5:21 which reads, "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him," and Romans 1:16 which states, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek."

Admin

Administrative Assistant

Kimberly Rochelle

As part-time Administrative Assistant of Church on the Rock at Raleigh (COTR), the Lord has given me the unique opportunity to not only serve and meet the administrative needs of the church, but to also work alongside my husband in ministry. I am married to Pastor Pete and we have two adult daughters, Jamie and Kristin.

 

As I serve in my role, I am guided by Colossians 3:23-24 and 1 Corinthians 10:31. Respectively, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” and “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” My primary purpose in serving COTR, is to serve our Lord Jesus Christ and bring glory to God and his eternal kingdom.

Elders

Elder

Clyde Alston

Clyde was born in Durham, NC, and has been a member and faithful servant to COTR since its inception, 21 years ago. You can see his love of the Lord in all interactions with him. He has served as an Elder, Deacon and Men’s Ministry leader. He is a humble servant, with a warm and welcoming spirit.

Jude 24-25 is one of his favorite passages of scripture: "Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in His presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”

Elder

Harold Freeman

Harold and his bride of 45 years, Ruby, have been attending Church on the Rock since its inception. In addition, so serving as an Elder, Harold is also a Small Group leader. He’s always willing and eager to share his love of the Lord and sharing of the Word.

When asked what is your favorite Bible verse, Harold quoted Philippians 4:8 – “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

Elder

Melvin Nowling

At work, Melvin helps people in need as a licensed mental health and substance abuse professional. Away from work, let’s just say Melvin enjoys sports – watching sports, bowling, playing basketball and table tennis. He goes on to say he enjoys being around people and laughing. Upon retirement, Melvin hopes to lead a lay counseling ministry at a church.

 

His favorite Biblical verse is Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Elder

Michael Jones

Raised in New Orleans, Mike and his wife Nicole live in Durham with their 14-year old twins, Carter and Camille. Their oldest daughter, Tonnica also resides in Durham. They first started going to Church on the Rock around 1997 after being invited by Nadia and Anthony (Clyde) Alston to come worship with them.

 

Mike was an officer in the Army National Guard and enjoys studying history, reading, running and motorcycles. He says, “I am so grateful for God’s grace and to be part of a wonderful God-honoring body of believers.” Amen.

Elder

Joe Lucas

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.” – Psalm 27: 1-2 is Joe Lucas’ favorite verse of scripture.

 

Brother Joe grew up in the Washington, D.C., southern Maryland area, and today he and his wife of 30 years, Lois, call Rolesville home. A former church member first invited Joe to small group in 2013 and, in September of that year, he started attending church only to become a member in June 2016.

Deacons

Deacon

Tyrone Ayers

His favorite Bible verse is “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

 

Tyrone was born and raised on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, hence he developed a love for the ocean and the beauty of all of God’s creation at an early age.

Deacon

Thurman Yelverton

“It was in 2003 that my wife, Bonnie, and I were invited by a member to visit Church on the Rock,” said Thurman. “And it’s the small congregation and biblical teaching that keeps us coming back every Sunday.”

The Bible verse that resonates most with him is Psalm 73:26 – “My health may fail and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart, he is mine forever.”

Deacon

Jerry Dodson

Jerry’s favorite Bible verses include John 3:16 and Philippians 4:11-13 – “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

 

He and his family were introduced to Church on the Rock by a friend who offered to share “a different worship experience.” Jerry also stated, “I believe it’s important to give back to others by serving through deeds and kindness.”

Deacon

Gaffney Gunter

Gaffney is a restaurant owner/operator. Away from the restaurants he enjoys fishing, biking and playing golf. Gaffney and his family first started attending Church on the Rock when friends they knew from Campus Crusade for Christ Impact Movement invited them to come one Sunday in 2003.

 

The Bible verse that most resonates with Brother Gaffney is Psalms 37:4 – “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Deacon

Fred Phinazee

Fred has a heart for evangelism and a love for a good rack of ribs!  He was born in Georgia, and attended Georgia State University, with a degree in Food Service Management, Nutrition and Dietetics.  He and his family have been members of COTR for 14 years.

Fred serves faithfully as a deacon and co-leader of the Men’s Ministry.  He truly lives by:

 1 Timothy 3:1-3 “This saying is trustworthy: 'If someone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires good work.' 2 The overseer then must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher.”

 

Worship Leader

Michael Williams

Michael is a recent graduate of North Carolina State University where he received a Bachelors of Science in General Educational Studies. Michael currently teaches 9th grade NC Math I at Smithfield-Selma Senior High School, and he also holds the title of Head Men’s JV basketball coach. Michael has been a coach for 7 years at Smithfield-Selma. 

 

Michael serves as the Praise and Worship Leader here at COTR. Michael has been involved with Christian music serving and leading for roughly 12 years. 

Deacon

Nadia Alston

Nadia and her husband (Elder) Clyde, who were high school sweethearts, have been part of Church on the Rock since its beginning in 1998, and have stayed because of the consistent, sound biblical teaching and joyful fellowship.

 

Sister Nadia says, “Growing up, I attended church out of obedience to my parents. But in my late 20s, God revealed the sin of self-centeredness, as well as many other sins that accompanied it.” In conclusion, she stated, “I remain eternally grateful to Him for removing my sin and spiritual blindness and welcoming me as His child.”

Deacon

Sarah Rochelle

“I love the Lord, and love serving His people at COTR,” shows the heart and spirit of Sarah. Her warm smile, and hearty greeting makes everyone feel welcome and at ease when you meet her. She has been a member of Church on the Rock since its conception, 21 years ago.

 

She is the consummate servant leader.  In addition to her Deaconess role, she also serves as facilitator for the COTR Women’s Ministry and works in the Youth Ministry. God has blessed her with three sons and five grandchildren. Her guiding scripture is Hebrews 13:5- “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."