and Ministry Associates


Dr. Bob Setzer

Dr. Diane Lipsett
Minister of Faith
Formation and Education 

Rev. Lucrecia Norman
Minister to Senior Adults

 and Weekday Preschool

Dr. Kenneth A. Wilson
Minister of Music

Rev. Josh Godwin
Minister of Youth and Recreation

 Mr. Ted Philpott

Pastoral Associate
for Congregational Care

Dr. Ben Wagener
Minister of Welcome and Engagement 

Chrissy Hardy
Children's Ministry Associate

Dr. Robert (Bob) Setzer, Jr.
Bob began his tenure on November 17, 2011. The fourth pastor for Knollwood, Bob comes /files/ConstantContact/bob_headshot.jpgfrom the First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon, Georgia, where he was pastor for the last 15 years.
Bob received his Bachelor's Degree from Gardner-Webb University, Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has more than 25 years of experience as a pastor, serving in Danville, Middleburg, and Annandale, Virginia and Atlanta and Macon, Georgia. Bob has been active in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship holding various leadership positions, notably that of national moderator in 2004-2005. While in Macon, Bob served as an Adjunct Professor of Christianity for Mercer University's College of Liberal Arts, and mentoring pastor in the McAfee School of Theology's Teaching Churches Initiative. Active in his community, he is an author of two books, Encounters with the Living Christ and Sessions with John: The Vocabulary of Grace, and a contributing writer to national publications on religious life and Baptist issues.
Bob is married to Mary (Bambi) Wilson Setzer, who is an artist and photographer. Both are natives of North Carolina. Bob and Bambi have one child, Whitney Setzer Owen, a consultant who lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband, Jay and sons James and Andrew.

Diane Lipsett
Minister of Faith Formation and Education

The Personnel Committee is pleased to announce that Diane
Lipsett, Ph.D., has agreed to serve as Knollwood’s Minister of Faith Formation and Education.

Diane’s primary responsibility will be to lead and facilitate spiritual formation among adults. She will also work with the church’s other ministers and lay leaders to enhance faith formation for children and youth and assist with pastoral ministry as time allows.

Diane’s outstanding qualifications for serving in this position are well known to most Knollwoodians: a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from UNC, her career as a professor, ordination by Knollwood Baptist Church, extensive teaching at Knollwood and other churches, various publications, and her deeply personal faith and pastoral presence. Diane will offer bivocational leadership, combining her work as a minister of the church with her role as Professor of Religion at Salem College.


Lucrecia "Chris"  Norman

Minister to Senior Adults and Weekday School

Chris, also known to us as Lucrecia, serves as the director of the Knollwood Preschool, a half day enrichment program for infants through five-year-olds. She is a graduate of High Point College in 1981 with a BA in Christian Education and from Duke University Divinity School in 1984 with a Master's of Divinity. She is married to Fred Norman, Jr. and they have two grown children, a daughter Casey and son Russell. As an ordained minister, she has served as an associate minister and an assistant director of another preschool before coming to Knollwood.


Ken Wilson
Minister of Music
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Ken Wilson, Knollwood's Minister of Music, was born in Winston-Salem. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1974 as the school's first classical guitar major. He received the Master of Church Music degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1977 with a major in composition and guitar, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the seminary in 1979 as a conducting major. His wife Cathy is a pastoral counselor at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. They have two grown daughters, Emily and Erin. Before coming to Knollwood in 1986, Ken served as Minister of Music at Second Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia. He enjoys his family, computers (and his new iPhone) and playing jazz guitar in a variety of settings including two different big bands.