Bishop Gerald K. Franklin, pastor of New Ephesus Baptist Church in Semora, was awarded a Doctor of Ministry Christian Leadership and Renewal degree from Regen University School of Divinity. He has been pastor of New Ephesus for 11 years.
Marlika D. Hairston was awarded a certificate in paralegal studies from Duke University. Hairston is a 2013 graduate of Roxboro Community School and graduated cum laude from North Carolina Central University. She is a member of New Ephesus Baptist Church and is employed at Wells Fargo Bank.