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Lumber River Missionary Baptist Association

Lumber River Missionary Baptist Association represents a total of forty-one (41) 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:  Dr. Thomas Jones

1st Vice Moderator:  Pastor Jerome Billups

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 Rev. Judy McMillian (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.








As you know our Annual Session of the Lumber River Baptist Association will begin on Oct. 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm nightly. We would like to remind you that on Tuesday, Oct. 13th, voting will be held for the positions that have been outlined to you in previous correspondence.

This is a list of the offices and candidates for positions that are being contested:

Moderator- Candidates: (1) Dr. Thurman B. Everett   (2) Dr. Thomas Jones Jr.

Vice Moderator-at-Large- Candidates: (1) Dr. Thomas Southerland   (2) Rev. Jerome Billups

The following are candidates that submitted their names for positions and those positions are uncontested.

1st Vice Moderator- Dr. Martine Spencer   President Congress of Christian Education- Rev. Ruby R. Jones

President Minister’s Spouses- Mrs. Wilhelmenia Everett   President Deaconess Ministry- Deaconess Patricia Faulk

President Ushers/Nurse’s Aides- Bro. Lowavia Floyd

President of Ministerial Board- Dr. T. Rodney Murray

There are eleven elected offices of the Lumber River Baptist Association. There were some elected positions that there was not a candidate’s name submitted. These positions will be elected from the floor on voting night. They are: (1) Recording Secretary   (2) Assistant Recording Secretary  (3) President of the Laymen’s League 

All Delegates selected from your respective churches should bring a picture I.D. with them on voting night. Each delegate will have a name badge to wear that is being prepared for you and there will also be a designated seating area.

We look forward to worshipping with you during this Annual Session and ask that you pray that God will bless us.

The Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church Family, Chadbourn, will host their Annual Fall Revival on Sept. 23-25, 2015 @ 7:00 pm nightly. Guest Pastors & Choir/ Congregation will be: Wednesday- Pastor James Dockery, Horace Grove Baptist, Boardman, Thursday- Pastor Thomas Southerland, Mt. Tabor, Cerro Gordo and Friday- Pastor Timothy Lance, Mt. Olive Baptist, Whiteville. Please come out and join them for a good time in the Lord!

The Lumber River Baptist Association will hold its Annual Session on October 12th-16th 2015. The session will open at 6:00 pm nightly. Our Annual Session this year is an exciting time in the history of our Association. This is an election year. All persons desiring to run for office have already sent in the required paper work to do so. Each church was asked to be in compliance with their assessment and to select seven delegates with two alternates and to pay $10.00 for each of the seven delegates in order to be able to vote in the election. The majority of churches have done so but some of you have paid your fees but not listed your delegates or vice-versa. If there is any doubt in your mind as to whether your church has fulfilled the necessary requirements, please contact Election Committee Chairman, Rev. Jerry Stephens @ 910-733-7261. The elections will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 13th of the session.

In addition, a 15 member Board of Directors for Park View Terrace will be elected from the floor during this voting process. Any person that has a desire and willingness to serve on this Board and be an asset to the community is eligible to submit their name as a candidate at the appointed time.

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. See you there!



















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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