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.








Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church is proud to announce and invite everyone to the 2nd Pastoral Anniversary of their beloved Pastor and First Lady, Rev. and Mrs. Tyrone Watson. The celebration begins with an Appreciation Banquet on Saturday, June 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm at the Columbus County Law Enforcement Center located at 300 Alfred Hayes Rd. ( just off Princess Ann Rd.) in Chadbourn. Ticket donation is $15 per person. On Sunday, June 26, 2016, worship service will begin at 11 am. Rev. David Powell, choir and congregation from Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Evergreen will render the service. Lunch will be served after the morning service. At 4 pm, Dr. T.R. Murray, choir & congregation from First Baptist Church in Lumberton will render services. Mark your calendars, for tickets to the banquet, contact Sister Elsie W. Brown @ 910-654-3456 or Sister Luecinder Young @ 910-654-4019.

Items were collected this past Sunday, May 29th at the LRBA assembly building for donation to the Central Children's Home in Oxford, NC. It's not too late to donate. For more information, please contact Rev. Audra Williams at 910-273-3846.

To: All churches of Lumber River Baptist Association

Re: Central Children’s Home of Oxford


It is an honor and privilege to be able to greet you this day. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our Father, by serving

others. Our children are of the utmost importance to our communities, state, and country. We must provide the support that

they need to plant seeds of success. When we help our children and others, we build a community and nation of those that

under the love and Christ through His representatives. This is a way to improve our latter days; by giving in our present day.

One of our responsibilities at Lumber River Baptist Association is to give support to the Central Children’s Home in Oxford,

NC. This facility is a residential child care facility for children ages nine to twenty-one who are dependent, neglected, or

abused. It was formerly called “The Colored Orphanage of North Carolina” and has been in operation for over one hundred

years. We have a list of supplies that they need. As a Baptist Association, we want to be able to bless those in need.

We have a scheduled visit on June 11, 2016 and at that time plan to interact with the young people and bless them

with some needed items.

May 29th will be a date when items can be dropped off at the Lumber River Baptist Association Building from 4:00pm until

6:00pm. We are available to pick up items as well. Please contact Rev. Audra Williams at (910)273-3846 for questions or if

you are requesting donations to be picked up.

We are also in the process of starting a local program to assist our youth. We will share the information on this program at a

later time.

Rev. Audra Williams



  1. Bath Towels & Bath Cloths

  2. Toiletries (body wash, solid deodorant, comb and brush, lotion, kleenex, shampoo and conditioner)

  3. Gift Cards (Subway/McDonald’s/Bojangles)

  4. Wal-Mart Gift Card (purchase items for cottages as needed)

  5. Grocery Gift Card (Food Lion)

  6. Staples Gift Card (ink cartridges, copy paper for computer printers, school items etc.)

  7. Recreational Fund (activities allowance)

  8. Laundry Supplies (Washing Powder, Clorox) and cleaning supplies ( Pine-Sol, Tilex) Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Dish Washer Detergent, Dish Liquid Detergent, Hand Soap and Trash Can Liners (sizes 13gallon, 30gallon and 55gallon)

  9. Assortment of Batteries

Our Mid-Year Session of the Lumber River Baptist Association will convene on June 13th-17th, 2016 at 6:00 pm nightly. Our

format will be the same as it has been in the past and will consist of the opening, roll call of churches and auxiliary reports.

There will be a workshop held from 6:30- 7:30 pm, followed by offering, ministry in song and the evening sermonic message.

All program participants will be sent a copy of the program. Monday night is Moderator’s Night and we are asking that each

church bring a special offering designated for Moderator Everett. Please remember that Dr. Everett does not hold a paid

position in the Association. We would like to honor him for his tremendous work thus far. We thank you and appreciate the

love and kindness you have shown in the past and ask for your support again. All auxiliary leaders, please have your reports

ready. If you unable to attend for some reason, please select an alternate to represent you. We also ask that you have a

written report prepared to give to the Recording Secretary.

Our theme is “Striving for Oneness in Jesus Christ”. As a side note, Dr. Everett is pleased and would like to congratulate the

Laymen’s League, Ushers, Deacons and Deaconess Auxiliaries that will be collaborating to put together a tremendous

program that you will hear more about at a later date. Collectively, we can accomplish so much and this is an exciting time in

the history of the Association.

It is a pleasure to announce that Rev. Ronald Driver, Associate Minister of New Hope Baptist Church will be the Chairperson for the Field Workers Ministry. He is anxious to get to work and there is a lot of work to do. We are especially appealing to Associate Ministers in your church to be a part of this ministry.
We respectfully request that all Ministers in your church send in the following information: Name, Address, Phone #, and email address. You can send this information via letter, email or facebook to the Executive Secretary, Cheryl Shaw. The address is the Post Office Box 3397, Lumberton, NC 28359, email- and phone number is 910-818-5994. You can also send a message to the Lumber River Missionary Baptist Association Facebook page.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              Contact:  Rep. Garland E. Pierce

Date: March 1, 2016                                                                 Phone: (919) 733-5803



Wake County—Representative Garland E. Pierce is excited about The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship is expanding its National Student Congress events to both high school and college-level students for the first time, in partnership with The Council of State Governments, the University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Policy & Administration and Transylvania University.

Local high school and college juniors in your area may be interested in applying to one of the programs. The week-long programs, held at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, give students the opportunity to meet with lawmakers, academics, journalists and civic leaders to discuss the practical importance of compromise, constructive engagement and dialogue to resolve conflict and competing interests in a democracy.

Nationally recognized guest speakers will engage in seminars with the students, followed by student debates on current issues in political leadership. Past speakers include U.S. Supreme Court justices, speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. senators, governors, and other nationally recognized officials and academic thought leaders.

 The Student Congress programs are free--including travel and lodging--to those selected.


The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship seeks current high school juniors and college juniors with records of exceptional academic and extracurricular achievement from all regions of the country to apply. This year, the high school program will be June 12-18; the college program will be held June 19-25.


Please forward this email to any potential high school and college students who may be interested in applying for the program.


The deadline for applications is March 31. For more information, visit  or contact Dr. Michael Vetter, executive director of The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship, at


Representative Pierce is quoted as saying “ I hope that the young people in the district will open themselves up to this opportunity to learn about public affairs and government.  It can be a life changing experience, and I’m excited for this opportunity to be afforded to our youth.”

The Annual Statewide Leader's Workshop for the Women's Baptist Home and Foreign Missionary Convention will be held on April, 2, 2016. The workshop will be held at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1401 Allen St., Charlotte, NC, 28405 where the interim host pastor is Dr. J.D. Ballard. Registration will begin at 7:30 am. At 8 am there will be a pre-program workshop that will highlight Missional Oppurtunities on the local level.. Registration forms should be returned by Friday, March 18, 2016.


From: Board Directors of the Lumber River Housing Development, Incorporated -- (A North Carolina non-profit public benefit corporation, recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.) The following letter was mailed to each of the 41 churches on December 9, 2015.

The Lumber River Housing Development (LRHD), Inc. Board of Directors is preparing a data base of small businesses and contractors for Parkview Terrace Apartments (PTA) procurement process.

This inquiry is provided by LRHD, Inc. requesting information from the 41 churches within Lumber River Baptist Association of any member(s) within your congregation whom has small businesses and/or contractors that would like to provide services. These individuals will need to have workman’s compensation, and general liability insurance, when required.

When work has to be procured at Parkview Terrace Apts., the qualified business/contractor will be contacted in order received and availability.   Using a “rotating” contact system, some job categories are as follows, but not limited to:

·        Cleaning

·        Electrical

·        Exterminating

·        Plumbing

·        Grounds

·        Garbage

·        Minor Repairs

·        Heating & A/C

·        Painting

·        Roofing

To register, email “Proprietor(s) Name”; “Church Affiliation”; “Business Name” and “Job Category” to this email using the  Subject Title: PTA Procurement Process. 

A “Vendor Information” form will be emailed to you at our earliest convenience.  To complete registration, please return “Vendor Info” form to Ms. Verondia R. Tyndall, Property Manager at:                             

Parkview Terrace Apartments

1000 Parkview Drive;

Lumberton, NC   28359;

Phone: 910-738-9684 or Fax# 910-738-1200

Please make copies of this correspondence available for your congregation.

Thank You,

Ms. Cynthia Wright-Richard – Secretary/Treasurer

...Take the Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit,

Which is the Word of God.... And Pray in the Spirit on all Occasions...

Ephesians 6:17-18


















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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