Lumber River Missionary Baptist Association welcomes you to our community!

Lumber River Missionary Baptist Association

Lumber River Missionary Baptist Association represents a total of thirty eight (38) churches of the Robeson, Columbus and Bladen Counties of North Carolina.

Our newly elected Moderator is Dr. Thurman Bruce Everett. The Lumber River Missionary Baptist Association was organized in Fairmont, North Carolina, in September 1877.

Our Mission Statement: To encourage fellowship among the churches and pastors and to emphasize the need for financial support for Home and Foreign Missions, and Education.


Officers of the Lumber River Baptist Association:

Moderator:  Dr. Thurman Bruce Everett

1-910-619-9358 (cell)

Vice Moderator-at-large:  Rev. Jerome Billups

1st Vice Moderator:  Dr. Martine Spencer

Executive Secretary:   Cheryl L. Shaw

1-910-818-5994 (cell)

Treasurer:  Dr. Sally Jones



A Fellowship of Baptist Churches in Robeson, Columbus and Bladen Counties

  • Lending a helping hand to the churches through counseling, training institutes, seminars and workshops.
  • Providing an Associational Worker to aid in local church organization, growth and development.
  • Supporting the Unified Program of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc.
  • Promoting Associational-Wide Days: State Missions Day, Foreign Missions Day, Shaw University Day, Central Orphanage Day, Youth Day, and Shaw Divinity School Day.
  • Offering advice to member churches on pastors and church administration.
  • Sponsoring several weeks of training for all Associational pastors and church workers.
  • Providing field missionaries to inform the churches of the Associational activities, to announce conventions and Auxiliaries meeting dates and places, and to urge the support of the churches to the work of the Association.
  • Sponsoring annually an Evangelistic week led by the Ministerial Board, with Associational-wide call to all churches to urge men and women to accept Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives.
  • Sponsoring an annual Church Music Workshop to offer suggestions to the churches on the appropriate music for church worship.
  • Sponsoring an annual Vacation Bible School Workshop.
  • Sponsoring an annual Stewardship Conference.
  • Sponsoring an annual Senior Citizens Seminar.
  • Sponsoring an annual Church Buildings and Grounds Conference.
  • Sponsoring an annual Deacons and Church Leaders Conference. 




 Contact Information: 

Lumber River Missionary Baptist Association

P.O. Box 3397

155 Plainview Drive, Lumberton, North Carolina

Phone #: 1-910-739-3999

Fax#: 1-910-739-3399





From the Moderators' Desk

Greetings to each of you my fellow labors in Christ Jesus,

      Since our installation into office much has been accomplished thanks to our outstanding staff and the support of so many of you.  God is truly good to us in so many wonderful ways.  I thank him for all He has done, is doing and will do.  

     Honoring God through Unity, Purpose and Strength binds us together on one accord, for all to see that CHRIST lives in us.  I am pleased to announce that we are sending our first check to General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, in support of the objectives.  Thanks to all the churches for making this possible, without you it would not be.  Thanks! May God keep each of you strong, focused, vigilant and committed to Christ Jesus.

Love, Peace and Prayers,

Dr. Thurman B. Everett, Moderator

Lumber River Baptist Association

Moderator's Note




 Executive Secretary: Cheryl L. Shaw


Building Sexton:

Bro. Jethro Gilchrist




*Please contact Pastor Singletary, Bro. Jethro Gilchrist or Sister Cheryl Shaw(Executive Secretary) for availability or use of the building and for information concerning the opening and closing of the building.

Concerns: Upcoming Events 

 Prayer List:

  • We ask that all churches continue to pray for our President Barack Obama.
  • Let us please pray for our Pastors, churches and members, we are living in a critical time and our people need to be saved. Pray especially for our churches that are without Pastors, for the word says, "How can they hear without a preacher".
  • Any prayer requests you would like posted to the webpage please submit them to the Executive Secretary.

All churches please submit to Executive Secretary a list of Ministers in your charge. Please include name, address, and a working contact number.

All Auxilliary Presidents/Treasurers please turn in your monies to the central treasury. These monies will be assigned under your ministry heading and distributed per your request, if you have funds available.








Don't forget that our Annual Session will begin on Monday, Oct. 10, thru Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 @ 6 pm nightly.Here is a reminder of the workshops and Pastors that will preach during the Session.

Monday, 10-10  Workshop- Dr. Gene Hemingway, Sermon- Rev. Lloyd McKinnon

Tuesday, 10-11  Workshop- Rev. Jerome BillupsSermon- Dr. Paul McDowell

Wednesday, 10-12  Workshop- Dr. Martine Spencer,  Sermon- Rev. Gregory Taylor

Thursday, 10-13,  Workshop- Dr. T.R. Murray, Sermon- Rev. Virgil Reaves

Friday, 10-14Workshop- Dr. J.M. DunhamSermon- Rev. Rex Anderson

An update to the Disaster Relief Initiative- The 53 ft. trailer was loaded today, Oct. 3, to take supplies to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Several volunteers came out, including children, to load over 40,000 bottles of water, cleaning supplies and canned goods. The truck will depart at 6 am in the morning along with a van from Bryant Swamp Baptist Church. They will stay overnight and return on Wednesday. Please check our Lumber River Facebook page for pictures and the Robesonian was also on hand in preparation to publish an article about this endeavour.

Everyone is cordially invited to attend the 2nd Pastoral Anniversary of Rev. & Mrs. Virgil Reaves of First Baptist Chadbourn. Mark your calendars for Nov.  6, 2016. The speaker for the morning service will be Rev. A. Burney and at the 3 pm service, Rev. J.R. Matthews, Chesterfield Missionary Baptist Church, Long's, S.C.

The Disaster Relief Initiative has been extended to Sept. 28, 2016. The positive response has been significant and other organizations and individuals want to participate. The LRBA building is getting filled with supplies and water and will soon be headed to Louisiana.

The Christian Education Committee will meet @ 10 am on Oct. 1, 2016 at the Assembly building.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dr. Thomas Southerland who is recovering from hip replacement therapy on Sept. 19. We all wish him a speedy recovery.

The 148th Annual Session of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc. will convene

on Monday—Wednesday, October 31-November 2, 2016. The Session will be held at the Sheraton

Imperial Hotel and Convention Center (4700 Emperor Boulevard, Durham, NC). The Baptist

Headquarters is currently accepting pre-registration from Churches now through October 21, 2016.

Churches wishing to pre-register should submit their form and fees to the Baptist Headquarters before

the end of business on Friday, October 21, 2016. Registration may be mailed or delivered. On-site

registration will begin at 11:00 a.m on Monday, October 31. Arrangements have been made with the

Sheraton for a room rate of $139.00 per night. Call the hotel at (919) 941-5050 for reservations. The

deadline for hotel reservations is October 1, 2016. Registration form can be found on GBSC website.

New Hope Baptist Church’s Senior Choir will celebrate its 75th anniversary on Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. at the church

at 2017 Leggett Road, Fairmont. The Pastor is the Rev. Judy McMillian.

Greenville Baptist Church Male Choir will celebrate its 39th anniversary on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. For information, contact Deacon Herbert White 910-738-3810 or Bro. Thomas Jones at 910-738-3772.

The Lumber River Baptist Association will hold its Annual Session on October 10th-14th 2016. The session will open at 6:00 pm nightly.

During the Annual Session, all Pastors are asked to report on the state of their church. This sharing of information is helpful to all our churches and we can learn much from each other. All Pastors are also asked to submit a written report to the Executive Secretary as well. We look forward to informative workshops during that week as well as awesome sermonic messages. It’s going to be an exciting time in the Lord. A rough draft of the program is being mailed with this letter. All the people that are being asked to participate will receive a draft with their name highlighted. If you are not able to participate, please contact Dr. Everett at 910-619-9358.

Monday night of the Session is Moderator’s Night. Dr. Everett does not receive a salary for his tremendous work as the Moderator. We ask that all churches come prepared to be a blessing to the Moderator on this special night.

We would also like to express our sincere thanks to all the churches that have participated in the Disaster Relief Effort for flood victims in Louisiana. Supplies will be collected until Sept. 20, 2016. To all Pastors and Ministers that have not been receiving any calls through our new Call Multiplier System, please make sure that our Executive Secretary has your number. Cheryl Shaw can be reached at 910-818-5994 or you may send a text message.

The LRBA has launched a Disaster Relief Initiative for the flood victims of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This area has been devastated by recent flooding and are in desperate need of help. We are asking for help from all the churches in our Association. We are going to take a tractor trailer load of supplies to them and have already started collecting items. The most needed items are cleaning supplies, brooms and mops, buckets, large bath towels, face masks, canned goods and water. The Brotherhood of Bryant Swamp has already purchased a pallet of water from Sam's. The cost is $365.98 for 60 cases. We also have financial donations from churches with which supplies can be purchased. We will make every effort for someone to be at the Assembly building to accept your donations. The contact numbers will be Dr. Thurman Everett @ 910-619-9358, Jethro Gilchrist @ 910-544-9010 and Cheryl Shaw @ 910-818-5994. Bryant Swamp Baptist has made itself available to accept supplies from any churches in that area. Please contact Dr. Everett or the sextant, Morgan Purdie at 910-863-3858. We will announce through the Call Multiplier System the days that the building will be open to receive supplies next week and as stated previously, we will make every effort to accommodate you, just contact us in advance. Today as a tropical storm moves through our area, we should be cognizant that we could very well be in a similar situation as the people in Louisiana.

We are honored and very proud to congratulate Dr. J. Gentile Everett, Pastor of Mill Branch Baptist Church, Fairmont, NC on his latest literary success. Dr. Everett is not a novice to the writing scene. His literary team announces that his latest book, Three Rims and a Hubcap.....The Mafia Ministry at Night Falls by Gentile, is now featured on Walmart's Best Seller List. We are proud and inspired to see his literary skills featured on Walmart's book site and having received this honor of distinction. The fictitious saga is a whimsical outlook of how leaders manipulate people, engage in sex for profit, murder, greed, racial divide and lewd living, all take place behind the backdrop of the symbolic, sacred crucifix, the church. It's an incredible read, and the general impression from the readers is once you've started reading, you simply can't put it down. This is a MUST READ! Let's do a book signing Dr. Everett! Again, congratulations on your success. We are not surprised at all. Sounds like it would make a great movie, but as we know, the book is always better.

The Walter Cade Jr. 20th Annual Workshop will convene on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 thru Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 at Lewis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Fayetteville, NC. The theme, "Time To Act Like Men: In the Home, In the Church, And the Community"!!! Please share with all your Laymen.




















All churches that would like your announcements posted to the webpage please submit them to the Executive Secretary 

P. O. Box 3397
155 Plainview Drive
Lumberton, North Carolina 28359
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