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Knights - 2008


A native of Durham, North Carolina, Mike Knight was born to Christian parents. He had the privilege of attending a Christian school and graduated from Friendship Christian School in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1986. Pastor Knight recounts the following story about his salvation experience. "I grew up in church. My parents were both Christians, and I went to a Christian school all of my life. I was what you would call a 'good kid.' If you would have known me then, you would have thought I was a Christian. However, I knew deep down in my heart that I was lost and on my way to Hell. I would wake up in the middle of the night scared to death, because I knew I was a hypocrite. At the age of fourteen, I woke up at 2:00 in the morning, and the Holy Spirit was convicting me of sin. I jumped out of my bunk bed, ran down the hallway, flipped on my parent's bedroom light, and cried out under conviction, 'Dad, I need to be saved.' That night I trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior." During his senior year, Mike attended The WILDS Christian Camp in Brevard, North Carolina, and surrendered his life to full-time Christian service.

The Lord directed Pastor Knight to attend Bob Jones University in order to prepare for the ministry. He graduated in 1990 with a B.A. in Bible. While at Bob Jones University, the Lord brought Nancy Bowen into his life. Also from a godly Christian family, Nancy attended Faith Baptist Christian School in Davison, Michigan. Nancy was also preparing for the ministry by working on a B.A. in Counseling, which she received in 1991.

While working on a Master's in Pastoral Studies, Pastor Knight taught Bible at Bob Jones Academy and ministered as a youth pastor in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Upon completing his Master's in 1994, God moved the Knights to a large church in the Chicago area where Mike served as the Outreach Pastor for five years. In June of 1999, the Lord led Mike and Nancy to Bible Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina where he served as Associate Pastor for six years.

While at Bible Baptist the Lord began to burden Mike’s heart towards church planting.  In September of 2005, the Knight's moved to Clayton, North Carolina, to plant Community Baptist Church. Pastor Mike and Nancy both have a heart for people and a desire to see God use them to evangelize the lost and disciple God’s people. God has blessed them with three children: Mikayla, Ashlyn, and Hudson.

The following quote expresses Mike’s desire in the ministry:

“Some want to live within the sound
Of church or chapel bell;
I want to run a rescue shop
Within a yard of hell.”

- C.T. Studd

Watch the Knight's Deputation Video.