Meet Our Staff
Rev. John Newton, Senior Pastor
Pastor John and his wife Cindy are originally from Texas, where they are 30+ year veterans of the ministry. John has served in several churches, most recently in Santa Fe, Texas, where he served as Senior Pastor from 2002-2019. Prior to being called to Pleasant Ridge, Pastor John and his wife Cindy were deployed with Samaritan’s Purse, working at a rebuild site in Louisiana.
Pastor John has served as pastor/teacher, music director/worship leader, musician, event organizer, and cook. He enjoys woodworking as well.
John and Cindy have two adult children and five grandchildren. They have been married for over 40 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and a Bible College Diploma.
Pastor John claims his life verses to be: Psalm 91:1-2 "He that dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty, I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge, my fortress, my God, in Him will I trust".
Rev. Brandon Davis Associate/Youth Pastor
Pastor Brandon and his wife, Regina, are natives of the Ridge. They consider PRBC to be their home church and have served as teachers and in other capacities since 2014. In the Fall of 2020, Brandon surrendered to the call to ministry that he believes God had been laying on his heart for many months prior. In May 2021, he was officially called to come on staff at PRBC, giving up an established and rewarding 17-year career in public service that he believes God used to help prepare him for this calling. Brandon is finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical and Theological Studies at Liberty University and plans to pursue his Master’s Degree. He and Regina live just outside of Elkin and have four children. They are also licensed foster parents so you never know how many children you may find at their home on a given day! They are an active family, enjoying sports, outdoors, and anything they can do together.
Brandon and his family have relied heavily on the Godly promise found in Philippians 2:13 during this time of transition in their lives and they would encourage you to do the same.
Dana Easton is originally from the Detroit Metro, Michigan area and moved to this beautiful area of NC in 2008. She was thrilled to join the PRBC team in the beginning of 2019, bringing her automotive engineering/computer background from General Motors along with business, office management, accounting and finance experience from the building and sale of her company, Woods of the World.
Dana and her husband Reid are members at Elkin Valley Baptist Church, where Dana serves as the Budget and Finance Committee Chair and personnel financial management resource. She is a woman who loves The Lord and was saved in 2007. Outside of PRBC, she loves to read, garden and can, create art, rock hound, bird watch and spend time in God’s creation with her 4 rescue pitties.
She feels honored to work the ministry of the church secretary/treasury position and loves being able to serve PRBC any way she can.