The visionary and leader for the Elevation Baptist Church, Pastor T.L. Carmichael, Sr. has served as pastor since 1998. Since his installation Elevation's membership has quickly multiplied to well over 4,753. Due to an overwhelming growth in disciples, many ministries were developed as well as the incorporation of three services each Sunday. Under Pastor Carmichael's leadership numerous building expansions, land acquisition and building development efforts have been implemented. The acquisition of 101 acres of land (at 8520 US 67 Highway in Knightdale) called Elevation Village is currently being developed with the Elevation East Campus in operation since September of 2009.
Elevation Baptist Church continues to impact the community through countless outreach programs and community-empowering projects orchestrated by Pastor Carmichael. Because of his passion for youth and family he held the first summer youth camp in 2003.
A native of North Carolina, Pastor Carmichael received his bachelors degree in Business Administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, N.C. As a strong proponent of higher education, Pastor Carmichael graduated from Liberty University Theological Seminary with a Master's Degree in Religion/Pastoral Counseling. Pastor Carmichael's life is committed to helping people lead productive and effective lives. When the Apostle Paul spoke to the Thessalonians church, he described scripture as "the Word of God, which is at work in you who believe" (1 Thess. 2:13). Pastor Carmichael believes that the equipping ministry of the Word is the primary instrument for spiritual empowerment . Pastor Carmichael has authored his first book, entitled, "The Power of Trusting God". This book encourages people to put their trust in the sovereignty God.
He has found favor through his marriage for 36 years to Rebecca Olliver Carmichael, who serves alongside him in ministry. Pastor Carmichael is the father of two adult sons (Joshua and Terry), two daughter-in-laws (Shenique and Christal) and two grandchildren, (Destini and Isaiah). Pastor Carmichael is a family man who preaches about family values and wants to see God glorified through family.