WHAT WE'RE ABOUT





Our Staff Team

The staff and leadership here at Bagley Swamp is made up of men and women who love, care and pray for our church and community. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with someone. 

  • JAMES SPAUGH lead pastor

    James is married to Amy and they have three kids. He grew up in the Winston-Salem, NC area and is a graduate of UNC - Chapel Hill and Asbury Seminary. James is a sports fan (Atlanta Braves, Washington Football Team, UNC Tarheels) and enjoys exercising at the Y most mornings. He is often better after he has had his cup of coffee. He has been the Lead Pastor at Bagley Swamp since 1999.

    Subscribe to Pastor James weekly emails here

    contact: james@bagleyswamp.org

  • CASEY SPAUGH assistant pastor

    Casey and her husband Kaleb joined the Bagley Swamp team in 2020. She grew up in Goldsboro, North Carolina and is a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University and Wesley Seminary. In her free time Casey enjoys days spent on the beach, fishing, good cups of coffee, and spending time with their goldendoodle, Fern. Casey’s greatest passion is to help people and communities grow into all Christ has for them. 

    contact: casey@bagleyswamp.org

  • HEATHER DAIL admin/children's director

    Heather is married to Greg and they have two sons. Heather graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in 2007 and has worked with children in numerous settings over the past 14 years. Her passion lies in creating personal relationships with children and their families. Her favorite bible verse has always been Proverbs 22:6- "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." She feels that as a team, Bagley Swamp Church and families can work together to instill the love of Jesus in all children.

    contact: heather@bagleyswamp.org

  • BOBBY & STACEY LAYDEN worship

    Bobby and Stacey are married with three awesome children. Bobby and Stacey have deep roots in the community here. Stacey spends her days working with small businesses in branding and website design as well as leading within the Perquimans Chamber of Commerce. Bobby works in media at Regulator Marine. The Laydens joined the Bagley Swamp team in 2021 as our worship leaders. 

    contact: laydens@bagleyswamp.org

  • KALEB SPAUGH youth pastor

    Kaleb grew up in Hertford and is a Graduate of Southern Wesleyan University, where he met his wife Casey. Kaleb loves working with teens and kids. His greatest passion is equipping kids and teens to become lifelong followers of Jesus. Kaleb is also a third grade teacher at Hertford Grammar School and in his free time you can find Kaleb watching Atlanta Braves baseball, playing on the water, or eating ice cream. 

    contact: kaleb@bagleyswamp.org

Our Core Values

  • God is God and we are not.
  • We will sacrifice for the future of the church. 
  • We will connect with others to make us stronger. 
  • We are a welcoming place that stands on unsettling truth.
  • We wholeheartedly serve to make an impact. 
  • We freely give to a generous God.
  • We will do whatever it takes so that the world will know. 

Our Beliefs


At our church we believe that Jesus changes everything. We strive as a community to follow after Jesus together as we seek to love God and love our neighbors to the best our our abilities. 


Bagley Swamp Church is a Wesleyan Church. You can click that link to find out the history of the Wesleyan Church and to read our official statements of beliefs. 


Each Wesleyan Church is different in style and personality. Our church is made up of people from lots of different church backgrounds and some with no church background at all. Feel free to come as you are!