The Tar Heel Leadership Network was originally founded by Dr. Mark Corts, pastor of Calvary Baptist in Winston-Salem, in 1997.  I was part of the 2000 group and it had a big impact on my life and ministry.  The Baptist State Convention has entered into a joint endeavor with THL under the leadership of Dr. Steve Corts, pastor of Center Grove Church in Clemmons.  Tarheel Leadership Network provides a series of one-day seminars to train, encourage, and equip pastors for greater effectiveness in their personal life and pastoral leadership.  This is currently the most effective and practical pastoral training opportunity in our state.  Pastors from every level of pastoral experience and education will benefit by being a part of this opportunity for training, encouragement, and fellowship.  Basic requirements are a desire to grow in ministry effectiveness and a willingness to commit to attending the seminars. 

The best thing the association do to help churches is to invest in the lives and ministries of pastors. God has opened the door for the North Roanoke Association to serve as an Eastern NC satellite virtual campus for this ministry.   We now have a group of Eastern NC pastors meeting at the association office on the first Thursday of each month.  Steve and the THL Team met in person with the Rocky Mount group for the January meeting and the Rocky Mount group will travel to Clemmons for the last meeting of the year in November. The comradery and learning experience have been fantastic as pastors feel comfortable sharing their hearts in a confidential setting.


Rev. Bill Grisham, retired pastor of First, Rocky Mount, is serving as a personal ministry coach with monthly contacts between meetings for each Rocky Mount participant.   Rev. Dathan Hall and Rev. Clay Leonard (2020 participants) are operating the tech equipment and coordinating our local online group routine (lunch, breaks, etc.) with the Clemmons campus.   


To find out more information go to www.TarHeelLeadership.com.


Cory Procter

"Tar Heel Leadership has been an incredibly enriching experience. Whether you are a seasoned shepherd or a new pastor, you will gain much through the wisdom and resources provided by Tar Heel. Being able to learn and grow amongst a group of fellow pastors has been incredibly encouraging."

AJ Highsmith

"Since I am new to full-time ministry, I was a bit skeptical before starting THL. I thought that my limited experience would create a disconnect between myself and those who have been in full-time ministry for years. I was mistaken! I have felt nothing but included, valued, and involved since day one. Through a combination of exercises, guest speakers, and times of focused prayer, I have not only connected with many other men, but have also been challenged both personally and spiritually."