Pastors & Staff

Dr. Chris Griggs

Lead Pastor

Dr. Chris Griggs serves First Baptist Welcome as the Lead Pastor. Chris' objective is to fulfill his calling of edging the church by using his gifts to make disciples and advance the gospel.

Native Town: Winston-Salem, NC
Year Service Began: 2023
College: Doctor of Ministry, Expository Preaching, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Master of Divinity. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Bachelor of Arts, Psychology. Wake Forest University.
Spouse: Tiffany
Children: Mary Elizabeth (married to Christopher), Jenna Catherine, and Elijah.
Grandchild:  Mia



Linda enjoys reading, flower arranging, and photography – making pictures of nature scenes and her family – just ask any of the family who see Linda with her camera! She considers it a privilege to serve the Lord through the ministry of First Baptist.
Native Town: Welcome, NC
Year Service Began: 1982
College: Winston-Salem Business
Spouse: Charlie Nifong
Children: Jana Eanes

Lee Christensen


Lee has been bookkeeping for churches for over 20 years.  Her heart is happiest when she's serving the Lord, especially with her church, Two Cities. She is passionate about inner city ministry, helping organize community events for special needs adults, and is a supporter of families involved in foster care & adoption.

Lee and her husband, Rod, live in Clemmons, NC. They have two children, Ben and Chloe, and a sweet labradoodle, Buster.



Carolyn has been in church preschool ministry for over 35 years and still loves what she does! She is mom to twin sons who are grown and long moved out- replaced by a dog named Macie! A community Bible Study "Faithful Friends" meets at her home on Thursdays and this group has been meeting together for nearly 20 years. Carolyn enjoys walking with friends, baking and spending time with her boys.
Experience: 33 years of Experience Directing Programs
Native Town: Abington, VA
Year Service Began: 2007
College: Forsyth Tech (degree) Salem College, WSSU, and DCCC (additional training and licensing)
Children: Richard - Teacher: Clemmons Middle and Michael - Editor: Winston Salem Monthly, both are accomplished musicians.
Grandson: Luke & Nora, Lucy & Adam