Pastors & Staff

Matthew Cornett

Lead Pastor

Pastor Matthew Cornett and his wife Kerin have two children, Isabella and Lucas.  Matthew and Kerin have been actively involved in ministry for over twenty years.  Both Matthew and Kerin have their bachelor degrees from Lee University in Cleveland, TN.  Matthew earned his degree in 1999 in Bible & Theology and Kerin earned hers in 2000 in Sociology.

The Cornett's moved to Princeton, NC in the Fall of 2014 to lead the Princeton Church.  Their ministry focuses on the personal discipleship of individuals as well as the church as a whole.  Their mission is to LEAD, L - Love People, E - Engage Culture, A - Advance the Kingdom, D - Disciple Believers.

Dustin Lee

Associate Pastor

Pastor Dustin Lee and his wife Carla have two children, Josiah and Ethan. Dustin and Carla have been in pastoral ministry for more than 20 years. Both Dustin and Carla have their bachelor degrees from Lee University, in Cleveland, TN. Dustin also has a Master of Divinity from Pentecostal Theological Seminary.

The Lee family moved to Princeton in the summer of 2019. They help Pastor Matt by leading the staff and focusing the ministries of the church. On a personal level, they enjoy board games, good movies, and Seattle Seahawks football.

Forbes Talley

Worship & Arts Pastor

Pastor Forbes Talley and his wife Bailey met at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. Forbes earned a Bachelor's of Science in Music Business in 2013 and Bailey earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication with an Emphasis in Advertising in 2014. Forbes recently received his Master's Degree in Church Music from Lee University.

Tracey Phillips

Children's Pastor

Tracey grew up in Princeton and has attended Princeton Church of God most of her life. She is a graduate of East Carolina University where she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education. After teaching in the public school system for fifteen years, Tracey felt called into children’s ministry where she now has the opportunity to build relationships with our children, while still following her passion, teaching them about Jesus. Tracey is married to Seth, and they have three sons, Luke, Drew, and Reid.

Stephen Braswell

Student Pastor

Stephen and Ashlee Braswell have a heart to lead students into a life-long relationship with Jesus. They want to see those students discipled and for them to become lights of love in our community through Awaken Student Ministries. Both Stephen and Ashlee are Johnston County natives. They have three children, Jayden, Owen, and Preslee.

Beth Graham

Adminsitrative Assistant

Beth Graham along with her husband Dennis and dogs, Dallas and Ellie are residents of Princeton. Beth is  a member of the choir and praise team and  serves as a hostess at church functions. She grew up in church and has served in many capacities throughout the years. Beth enjoys meeting and connecting with new people but also loves talking to those who have been in the church all their lives! She and Dennis are the parents of two daughters, Lynn and Ashley and the grandparents of 4. In her spare time, Beth enjoys spending time working on their farm with her horse and chickens as well as fishing, gardening, and cooking, especially for her family.

Lori McCoy

Preschool Director

Lori has grown up at Princeton Church of God.  She has been a part of most of the ministries within this church and has seen the church grow, transform, and change since childhood.  She started with the preschool in 1994, and accepted the position of Director in 1995.  Lori earned her Bachelors of Science in Accounting from East Carolina University in 1991.  Lori and her husband, Larry, have three children Drew, Grey, and Whitley.