Mac Bare, Pastor

Mac Bare is a native of West Jefferson, NC who studied history and chemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Called to ministry in his senior year at UNC, he graduated from Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas and has pastored in Durham for 40+ years.  He and Barbara have two sons, one very special daughter-in-law and two beautiful granddaughters.  Mac helped start Dayspring in 1992 and has been its senior pastor for 26 years.  His dream continues--to lead a church marked by deep devotion to the sharing the life that is available to all people through Jesus Christ, and to see that life of God worked out in Dayspring Fellowship.  We start in the most important sphere--each with our individual, personal one-to-one relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  Then we seek to live as God's family members through transparent, supportive and loving relationships with each other.

Mike McCrae, Worship Leader

Mike McCrae met and married his college sweetheart, Jill, while pursuing a degree in Christian Education at Northeast Bible College in New Jersey.  A career change to the field of electronics brought the couple to Durham in 1989.  A few years after their move they experienced a life-changing event when Jill delivered a set of quintuplets.  Four children survived and came home to a very active household.  During those years Mike had the blessing of being a contractor for a large pharmaceutical company and is still employed there to this day.


Being part of the initial launch of Dayspring Fellowship in June 1992, Mike has been active in leading home groups, and by the end of 1998 he was asked to become Dayspring’s Worship Leader.  He has also had the privilege of mentoring two others to become Worship Leaders as well.  In June 2018 Mike was ordained as an Elder.


Mike loves to cook (especially grilled food!), entertain people at his home, play music, camp when he has the chance, and is an active DIY person.


Mike wants people to experience FREEDOM; to start with faith in Jesus and then to walk out the practical steps of that faith in COMMUNITY!  To walk as Jesus walked...TOGETHER.

Elder Body

In addition to our Pastor Mac Bare and Mike McCrae, our elder body consists of Alan Colborn, Peter Mbochi, and Bob Murray.