Our Staff Team

Daniel Mason | Lead Pastor

Daniel graduated from Auburn University and attended Reformed Theology Seminary-Orlando, Florida and served as the RUF Campus Minister at UNC-Chapel Hill before planting this church. Daniel loves Durham and loves what Durham is becoming. He is humbled that he has the privilege to live downtown with his wife, Rachel, and two children, with the hope of seeing Christ exalted, by loving God, loving neighbor, loving the city, loving the world.

Timothy Price | Associate Pastor

Timothy graduated from the University of Alabama and attended Reformed Theological Seminary – Orlando. Timothy and his wife, Stacy, live in Durham with their four children. They are humbled and excited by the privilege to be a part of God’s gracious building of His church in Durham.

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Araceli Cruz Belz | Communications Director

Araceli Cruz Belz, originally from Southern California, received her journalism degree from San Francisco State University. She's been working as a writer ever since graduation. In the spring of 2016, she married Aaron Belz and moved from New York City to Hillsborough. A big change! But her life as been a lovelier adventure ever since.

Christie Bowman | Children's Ministry Assistant 

Christie grew up in Atlanta and graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Nursing. She fell in love with caring for kids and became a Pediatric Oncology nurse. Since relocating to Durham from Washington, D. C., she and her husband Mark, along with their two kids, have loved serving and being a part of Christ Central Church. 


Kandis Florian | Worship Director

Kandis Florián has been a long time multi-genre musician, beginning her career in Nashville as a studio musician and performer. In the last six years, she has focused her energy in Durham as a solo recording and performance artist and made her Christian debut solo record appearance in 2012 with the album, Be Still. Since then, Kandis lends her gifts to leading and directing Worship, employing her multi-genre experience to thoughtfully blend and reflect culture styles with the vision of a cross cultural community.


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Emily McCall | Children's Ministry Director

Emily grew up in South Florida, and graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a major in Spanish and a minor in Bible/Theology. At Wheaton she met her husband Paul, and they moved to Durham in 2004. Emily has worked as a nurse, a coffeeshop entrepreneur, and a homeschooling mom to three daughters in different seasons of her time in NC. She has found parenthood and raising her children to be an endless source of spiritual growth and blessing in her life. She is excited to help children and families at Christ Central grow in faith as they join in with the church’s mission of bringing glory to God and good to Durham.

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Beth Miles | Women's Ministry Coordinator 

Beth grew up in the Deep South and graduated from Newcomb College in New Orleans. She and her husband Andrew have 5 adult children and 6 grandchildren dispersed across the country and overseas. In addition to teaching both children and adults over the years, Beth has been blessed to be a part of several women’s ministry teams at several churches as her family moved from place to place. Her desire is to facilitate women’s growth in their relationships with the Lord and community with one another in order to use their spiritual gifts for their families, their church, their workplace and their city.

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Meredith Miller | Executive Assistant

Meredith is from Concord, NC, and attended Wake Forest University where she met her husband, Brandon. They now reside in Durham while Brandon earns his Master's of Divinity from Duke University.  Meredith has a passion for writing and English as well as a love for the church and its ability to empower believers. She and Brandon have loved making Durham home and especially have appreciated finding a home at Christ Central. 

Melinda Orr | Membership Coordinator 

Melinda graduated from Meredith and received a Masters in Counselor Ed from UVA. She and her husband Todd have 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren that they don't get to see often enough. After working 17 years in research administration with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Melinda retired in 2014 and began serving Christ Central as an admin assistant. Now serving as the Membership Coordinator, she enjoys helping new members discover how they can use their gifts to serve Christ Central and Durham.

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Lorna Spence | Director of Ministries and Operations 

Lorna is a native of New Orleans. She received her Bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and received her graduate degree in Private School Leadership from Columbia University. Lorna is thrilled to bring her 25+ years of experience  in private school administration and leadership to Christ Central. Lorna and her husband Ed have three children, two of whom are married and live out of state. Their youngest child is in high school. They are also the proud grandparents of two adorable little girls. Lorna is excited and honored to use her gifts and experience to help build God's kingdom. 

Marvin Thorne | Assistant Worship Director

Marvin “EJ” Thorne Jr is a native North Carolinian musician. Born into a musical family, Marvin quickly became very acquainted with the world of music. He first found his passion and love for music by singing in his local church choir. Early in his career, Thorne became one of the youngest directors of the local mass choir, creating many of the musical arrangements, including both vocal and musical. Marvin received his bachelor in Music performance at East Carolina University, and later received his masters in Jazz Voice Performance and Composition at North Carolina Central University. Thorne plans to continuously devote himself to a life of music.

Our ruling elders

Todd Orr

Mark Bowman

Trevor Smith 

Blake Townsend