Meet the Elders, Pastors, and Staff here at Liberty!

scott & lisa hobbs

senior pastor

Scott Hobbs has been in full time ministry for over 24 years and in worship ministry for over 29 years. With a heart to see people encounter the freedom and abundant life through love of the Father, Scott ministers through passionate worship, music, teaching, and the creative arts.

Scott and his wife, Lisa, are both graduates of Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA with a Bachelors of Science in Christian Ministries. They helped plant and serve at Maranatha Christian Fellowship in Wilmington, NC for seven years where Scott served as the youth and worship pastor and Lisa as the children’s ministry and worship arts director. They also founded and directed Higher Place Ministries. Scott served as the Worship Arts Pastor at Eagle’s Nest Fellowship in Milton, DE from 2006-2010. Scott and Lisa cherish their children Olivia, Joseph, and Victoria, who recently married the love of her life, Viktor Pilipovich.


Blog: www.scotthobbs.me

Email: pastorscott@libertyobx.com

Michelle pruitt

executive director

Michelle moved to the Outer Banks during her freshman year of college to work for the summer and ended up never leaving the beach!  She finished school locally at College of the Albemarle where she received her Associate's Degree in Fine Arts and then headed the Elizabeth City State University to get her Bachelor's Degree in Business Management with a concentration in finance.   Michelle spent many years in the business arena as a General Manager of two large companies here on the Outer Banks.  "I am grateful to use my gifts of administration for the Kingdom."  

Michelle met her husband Nathan the summer of 1999 while "working for the summer" and have been married for 18 years.  Together they have two wonderful children.  


Email: michelle@libertyobx.com

nick blount

worship & production pastor

Nick was born and raised in Killeen, TX and moved to Franklin, VA in 1996. At the age of 17, Nick accepted Jesus Christ into his life during a youth rally at the Rock Church of Franklin. A few years later he felt the calling to pursue ministry. He later became a graduate of Brewer Christian College in Jacksonville, FL with a degree in Worship Studies and has been involved in youth and worship ministry for over 20 years.

Nick met his wife, Leigh-Ann, at a youth service in 2000 and later married in 2005. Nick's love for theatre and music mixed with Leigh-Ann's love for dance led to them serving with a performing arts company based out of Virginia Beach called HeartBridge. This then led to them serving with YWAM (Youth with a Mission) where they continued to travel to various countries and within the United States on mission outreaches. They served for a short time at the main YWAM campus (University of the Nations) in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and helped to start the performing arts school that is flourishing today. It is truly their desire to "Know God and to Make Him Known" throughout the world.

Nick likes to refer to this life as an adventure. "It's important to have fun and enjoy the ride!" Nick and Leigh-Ann are blessed to have their 2 beautiful children, (daughter) Cadence and (son) Ezra, along with them on their adventure.


Email: pastornick@libertyobx.com

martha cain

finance director


Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


leah budde

administrative & communications director

Leah Budde grew up in Currituck & graduated from Currituck County High School in 2012. After graduation, Leah studied dance at UNCG & met Jesus while there. She began to serve on CRU's (Campus Crusade for Christ) weekly meeting team & helped plan outreach events & weekly meetings for the campus ministry. 

After her freshman year, Leah transferred to Mid-Atlantic Christian University, where she double majored in Youth & Family Ministry & Biblical Exposition. Leah began attending Liberty Christian Fellowship in 2013 where she has served our youth department as a youth intern & leader & youth Bible study leader. Currently, she serves as our youth dance & drama instructor & is a member of the Women at the Well admin & leadership team. She has attended & helped oversee several missions trips to the Dominican Republic with both groups as well & loves any time she has to dance & be in the Dominican.

Leah is currently on staff as our Admin & Communications Director & helps to keep all of our information & communication flowing smoothly!

Leah met her husband, Josh, at Liberty & they adore their son, Jack, and daughter, Georgia!


Office Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 9-4


christina thompson

children's pastor

Christina was born and raised in Central Florida, and moved to the Outer Banks in 2008 after marrying her husband, Cameron. Since that time she has been attending Liberty. She has always had a heart for Children's Ministry and served as part of Liberty's Children's Ministry for 10 years prior to becoming Children's Pastor in 2021. She also has always had a passion for teaching: she subbed for Dare County Schools for 4 years and worked at Kitty Hawk United Methodist Preschool for 2 years. She is now homeschooling her 3 children, Zackary, Joshua and Lilyann. In her spare time she enjoys crafting, gardening and baking. 




    The Elders are committed to prayer, the study of the Word of God, and make decisions as needed in relation to the growth, health, and needs of the church.  They delegate authority to the Senior Pastor to minister, oversee the day to day operation of the church and it's staff, and lead the church.

    Pastor Scott Hobbs, Pastor Jim Southern, Ken Green, Emery Midyette, Almey Gray, Jeff Blackwell, Bobby Duvall, Cliff Perry, Rod Perry and Bill Whamond


    Liberty has a Stewardship Team formed by the Elders to oversee finances and to make sure they are stewarded well and are accurately accounted for.

    Pastor Scott Hobbs, Michelle Pruitt, Martha Cain, Bill Whamond, Jeff Blackwell, Nancy Bellantine, Jonathan Crane, Glen Hopkins.


    The Missions Committee at Liberty

    Pastor Scott Hobbs, Pastor Katherine Hopkins, Martha Cain, Fay Nelson. 


    The Camp Committee for Liberty is comprised of staff members, an Elder, and members of the church.  The Camp Committee helps with capital improvements, fundraising, and the overall vision of Camp Emmanuel. 

    Pastor Scott Hobbs, Michelle Pruitt, Jennifer Arnold, Dave Stormont, Bill Whamond, Ralph Doudera, Ken Baxley