Lumber River Missionary Baptist Association welcomes you to our community!

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.








This is a reminder to all pastors of the Ministerial meeting that will be held at the LRBA Assembly Building on the 5th Sunday, August 30, 2015 @ 4 pm. Business of importance. There will be a candidate's forum at this meeting of any persons that are running for an elected office in October at the Annual Session which begins on Monday, Oct. 13, 2015. Election night will be Tuesday, Oct. 14. All persons submitting their name as a candidate should do so by August 29, 2015. All delegate names and the $10 fee for each one plus an alternate should be submitted by that date also.

   Funeral services for Rev. Dr. John Troy will be held at 12 pm on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 @ Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Fayetteville, N.C. The church address is 118 Johnson St. Visitation will be on Thursday, Aug. 13 from 2-7 pm at Wiseman Mortuary, Fayetteville, N.C.

Our condolences go out to the family of Pastor John Troy and the members of the Cedar Grove Church family. Pastor Troy passed away on yesterday, Tuesday, 8-4-15. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be posted as soon as they are known.

We are the listing the qualifications and process involved for anyone interested in running for office when the Annual Session takes place in October 2015 @ The Lumber River Baptist Association.

Qualifications for Elected Offices:

 The following are the elected offices of Lumber River Baptist Association:

  1. Moderator

  2. Vice-Moderator at Large

  3. 1st Vice Moderator

  4. Recording Secretary

  5. Assistant Recording Secretary

  6. 2President of the Laymen League

  7. President of Christian Education

  8. President of Ushers and Nurse’s Aide

  9. President of Deacon’s Spouses

  10. President of the Minister’s Spouses

  11. President of the Ministerial Board


    Guidelines and Qualifications


   1. The Office of Moderator:

  1. Must be a member of the Lumber River Baptist Association in good standing, with all association dues paid in full. Must be a pastor of a church in the Lumber River Baptist Association with a letter from the church. 

  1. The Office of Vice Moderator at Large and First Vice Moderator:

      a. Must be a member of Lumber River Baptist Association in good standing, with all association dues  paid in full. Must be a pastor of a church in the Lumber River Baptist Association with a letter from the church.

 Candidates for all other offices:            

  • Must be a member of the Lumber River Baptist Association

  • Must be a member of a church in the Lumber River Baptist Association

  • Must be in good standing with all dues paid in full to The Lumber River Baptist Association

  • Must be a member in good standing in their church that is a member of Lumber River Baptist Association

  • Further, all candidates must submit a Letter of Intent to the Election Committee of the LRBA on or before August 31, 2015. Any letter received after this date will not be accepted.

  • All Letters of Intent must be composed on the candidate’s church letterhead, signed by the candidate’s pastor, church clerk and the candidate.

  • Candidates that are seeking the office of Moderator, Vice Moderator and First Vice Moderator should have their Letter of Intent signed by the church clerk and the candidate.


Lumber River Baptist Association

                    P.O. Box 3397

                    Lumberton, N.C. 28359


Each church is allotted (7) votes, the Pastor plus (6) voting delegates. Each church should name alternate delegates in the event that someone is absent

In order to vote, the delegates and (2) alternate names must be submitted by August 31, 2015. Names submitted after this date will be disqualified from casting their votes (no exceptions). The delegates and alternates of the church must have quotas and dues paid by August 31, 2015. No church delegate or delegate alternate shall be able to vote if dues are not paid by this date.

All delegates must pay a ten dollar ($10.00) registration fee. Delegates must show a picture ID in order to vote.

                    Elections will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 6:30-8:00 pm. This is the second evening of the Annnual Session.     All delegates must be in the designated voting area sitting during the voting. No one will be allowed to enter the voting area after these hours.

                 PLEASE TAKE NOTE:

                  Church quotas must be paid for the years 2014 and 2015

                  Submitted by the Election Committee of Lumber River Baptist Association

Our condolences and prayers go out to Rev. Victor Singletary, Pastor of Round Branch Baptist Church and his family. His brother, James "Clint" Singletary passed away on Sunday. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 30, 2015 @ 1:00 pm at Round Branch. The viewing will also be at the church on Thursday evening.

As you know it is time to begin planning for the election process that will occur during our Annual Session in October 2015. There will be a meeting on Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 6 pm for the Election Committee and for any other individuals desiring to serve on that committee. The current elected body will soon approach the end of this administration and we are grateful for their service, dedication and faithfulness. It has been an exciting and informative time in the history of the Lumber River Baptist Association and an honor to serve. Voting will be on all elected positions from Moderator on down the list.

Please pray for the Lumber River Baptist Association and attend this meeting as we prepare for the next chapter in the history of our Association.

I would like to thank all of you for your prayers. My son Effice Lamont McNeill transitioned on this afternoon at New Hanover Medical Center in Wilmington. We are grateful for all of you and will post service dates and times at a later date. God bless all of you.
Pastor Judy McMillian

We are asking everyone to please lift Pastor Judy McMillian and her family in prayer. Her eldest son was severely injured in an auto accident and is in New Hanover Medical Center. There is power in prayer!

Dr. Sally Jones, Treasurer of LRBA and member of Greenville Baptist, will host a book signing of her new book, "Destiny's Safari". This will be at the LRBA Assembly Building from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.


The Evangelism Ministry will sponsor another Youth Summit, "Let's Talk About It 2". It will be held on August 7, 2015 @ 6:30 pm @ the Assembly building. The format will continue that the youth will be able to anonymously submit their questions and the facilitator will present them to a qualified panel. There are so many things going on in the world and this is an excellent opportunity to let them know that the church is concerned about them. The youth are the future church and we must invest in them. Please bring your youth out.

First Baptist Church, Lumberton will sponsor a seminar- "Preparing Yourself for Success" on August 3, 2015 from 6-8 pm. There will be a session for youth 12-18 yrs. old from 6-7 pm and a session for adults from 7-8 pm. The admission is FREE. The Presenter is Dr. Renee Evans. She has a wealth of experience in professional development training in addition to being a trainer of school counselors. The address is First Baptist Church, 504 W. 2nd St., Lumberton-open to Robeson County and surrounding areas.

















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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