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Greenwood Forest Baptist Church

Rev. Lauren Efird

Rev. Lauren Efird

Lauren brings her talents, training and enthusiasm to lead our church as our Senior Pastor, focusing on preaching, pastoral care, faith formation, and community.  She also brings her gifts in chaplaincy to our Congregational Care ministry as she offers pastoral counseling and congregational care training, coordinates the pastoral care of the congregation, and leads grief groups.

Lauren received her Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in 2009.  During divinity school, Lauren was a Pediatric Chaplain Intern at UNC Hospitals, and after graduation from Duke, Lauren completed a year of Clinical Pastoral Education as the Pediatric Chaplain Resident at UNC Hospitals and later extended her education there as a Pediatric Chaplain Fellow. Lauren was ordained as a minister by HomeStar Fellowship in 2010. Lauren's call to this ministry started young, participating in the youth ministry of her home church, Emmanuel Baptist Church in Camden, SC. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Psychology at Campbell University. During college, she worked at the Boys and Girls Homes of NC in Lake Waccamaw and also served as a student chaplain at WakeMed here in Cary. Her husband Adam also graduated from Campbell University; they were married in 2009 and have one child named Isaac.  In her free time, Lauren enjoys making chocolate bundt cakes, canning red pepper jelly, and most of all, playing with her son.