Our staff


Senior Pastor - Dr. Danny Emory

Pastor Danny has been serving at Hopewell Baptist Church since 2012. He has a great passion for God and proclaiming His word as well as loving on God's people. When he is not studying for his messages, Pastor Danny enjoys working on his John Deere tractors. He and his wife, Barbara have 3 adult daughters and 10 grandchildren, 7 on earth and 3 in heaven.

Worship/Education Pastor - Rev. Michael Lawhorn

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Mike is a native of Roanoke, Virginia and has served churches in North Carolina, Virginia and Alabama. He is a graduate of Ferrum College (AFA in Music), Radford University (BS in Music) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity with Christian Education).  His ministry began at Hopewell Baptist Church in March 2019 just before the COVID 19 crisis began, but has moved quickly to engage the leadership and musical gifts of the membership of Hopewell to pursue Jesus in worship. He has been married to Stacey since June of 1993. They have 3 daughters Kaitlyn (Kate), Sarah and Rachel. Mike likes spending time with his family, playing golf and doing yard work. One of Mike's favorite verses is John 10:10, "I came that you might have life and have it to the full."


Youth Director - Jamie Buchanan

My name is Jamie Buchanan. I am the youth director at Hopewell Baptist Church. My wife and I have been married for 19 years and we have 3 children and a son-in-law. We believe God has called us, in partnership with parents, to invest in the next generation of young people. The youth are the future of the church so to me it is important to be able to gain their trust and respect first and foremost. I have found with my 25 years of experience working with youth that you have to make them feel a part of what is going on so I strive to do that in my daily Christian walk. I want to inspire them to take faith filled risks and rely on God in all situations. My prayer daily is that when they leave the youth department here at Hopewell that each of them have a passion of Jesus and be the light in this dark world.

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Children's Director - Emily Reece

My name is Emily Buchanan Reece. I am the children’s director at Hopewell Baptist Church. I was born and raised in the church as a youth pastor's daughter. I have always had a love for the kids and wanted to help them grow in their faith.  I am super excited about being the children’s church director! My goal for our children's ministry is for every child to come to know God, and out of that gain knowledge to live for him, and serve others. I look forward to working with your children and helping them grow in their faith as a little one.