About The Refinery

The Refinery Church is a community of people in Wilmington, NC who follow Jesus and have a burning passion for God and His heart towards our friends, neighbors, city, nation and world. Our desire is to multiply generations of followers so that the Good News of the gospel can be proclaimed to all generations. We believe that God has uniquely designed His body to walk together in the fullness of Jesus. This cannot be obtained or accomplished without every part contributing to the whole. Regardless of where you are on your journey, you have something to contribute to the Kingdom of God. Our desire is that you would not only burn with a passion to see God’s mighty works in our days fulfilled, but that our children’s children would experience even greater moves of God by standing upon our shoulders.

Our Vision

We are making disciples of Jesus Christ who love God, love people, and impact the world.

“Pay attention to what you hear; with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you and still more will be added to you.”(Mark 4:24)

To be a disciple is to be not only a learner, but also a giver. We were created to be conduits, therefore, what God teaches us, we are to give to others.

Our Mission

We are building multiplying generations of disciples.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Our mission accomplishes our vision as we give to others what has been freely given to us.

Our Leadership Team

Mark Tippett Ovella Tippett

Mark and Ovella Tippett

Mark and Ovella Tippett planted The Refinery Church in Wilmington, NC in the summer of 2013. They were called into full-time ministry in May of 1999. They were high school sweethearts, married in 1988 and have 5 amazing children and the cutest grandson on the face of the earth. Mark and Ovella are passionate about family and connecting with people. They love to renovate and do home projects together.

Mark has an undergraduate degree from NCSU in Forestry, Masters of Science in Forestry and Soil from Virginia Tech University and Masters of Divinity in Church Planting from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mark was on staff at two other local churches from 2001-2013 and did full-time missions for two years. Mark loves fishing, missions and people.

Ovella has a degree in Early Childhood Education from UNCG. She is also a Doula. Ovella loves to mentor other women, talking about parenting, family and childbirth. She enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, and dabbling in interior design.

Zachariah and Ashlyn Arnold are the Refinery Church Worship Leaders

Zachariah and Ashlyn Arnold

Zachariah and Ashlyn Arnold oversee worship at the Refinery Church. Both of them have been leading worship since their youth group days and they are passionate about building a presence-centered worship community at the Refinery. Zachariah grew up in Carolina Beach “The Redneck Rivera,” and Ashlyn in Louisiana “The Bayou.” In their free time, they enjoy taking drives on the beach, camping, and cooking together.
Emily Tippett at the Refinery Church

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Mariah Boynton

Youth Director

Mariah is heading up the youth group at the Refinery and joined the church in April of 2019.
She and her husband, David, also help with worship from time to time.

Mariah is a wife, mother of two beautiful children, and full time employee outside of the church. She is not native to the Wilmington area, but has made it her home since 2013. Mariah and her husband both graduated from the Ramp School of Ministry located in Hamilton, AL.

Among other things Mariah enjoys painting, writing poetry, exploring nature, and gaming with her husband and friends. Her passion statement for this sect of our ministry is raising up the next generation with a solid foundation, real relationship with the Father, and unmistakable identity through Him.

Emily Tippett at the Refinery Church

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Brittany Conradie

Kids Director

Brittany oversees the Children’s ministry at the Refinery. She is a wife and mother to three beautiful and vivacious kids. Brittany is passionate about creating a safe place for kids to be introduced to the kindness of God and to know the delight that they bring Him. If she had free time, she would enjoy swimming and dancing, but mostly settles for drinking a cup of tea with her South African husband.