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.








Our Annual Session will convene on Nov. 7-11, 2016 @ 6pm nightly. Rev. Jerome Billups and the Greenville Baptist Church

family have graciously consented to host the Session at their church. The program outline remains the same. Each church

was asked previously to report on the state of their church. We are asking that in addition, you will please provide some

valuable statistical information.

Please report how your church and members were impacted by Hurricane Matthew. For example, how many members lost

their home and contents as a result, was there any loss of life, members who are now displaced or had to move to another

area, was there damage to your church or the contents. Any incidence that you can think of and report in terms of numbers,

please do so. This information can be helpful to the Moderator in terms of relaying information that can aid the Association in

helping our members. This is very important. Please take the time to gather this information.

Our Association building suffered greatly during the flood as we have previously related. Right now the carpet has all been

removed and the sheet-rock has been removed halfway. We lost all the office furniture and though it's a depressing looking

scene at the moment, we are optimistic that it will all be restored and better than it was before. There have been a faithful

few that have helped to accomplish the work done thus far. We thank you and applaud you for your efforts.

Members, do not let the Association down. Let's show up for the Annual Session in record numbers and be about the Lord's

work. See you there! God bless you all.

Greenville Baptist Church will celebrate their 111th Church Anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 @ 3:30 pm. The Guest Speaker will be Rev. T. Shedrick Byrd, Pastor of Sandy Grove Baptist Church. Please come out and help them celebrate this joyous event.

Most of you are probably now aware of the damage sustained at the Assembly building. We did not have flood insurance

coverage. The adjuster has come and looked at the site and we will not be able to recover anything by that means. Some of

the carpet has already been removed but of even greater concern is the mold and mildew that continues to spread. This can

literally destroy a building. We are going to have to do the work ourselves and we desperately need the cooperation of all

that are able to help. It's going to take time and money to achieve this goal. Any auxiliaries, organizations or individuals that

had planned meetings or events to be held at the building will need to choose an alternate site at least through the end of

the year, so please be cognizant of that.

Our Annual Session has been postponed indefinitely. This event was an integral part of sustaining the financial

operations of the Lumber River Baptist Association for the remainder of the year. We humbly ask that all churches not forget

their assessments and they are sorely needed. Our ancestors worked hard and sacrificed so much to make this organization

and this facility a reality. We really need to continue that work ethic and commitment to get back on our feet. So many of you 

have suffered great loss and damage in a tangible and emotional way. We applaud the efforts of everyone that has stepped

up to the plate to help their fellow man. The outpouring of love from neighbors both near and far has been phenomenal. Let

us continue to help each other. God is with us.

If you are a Pastor, Minister, Deacon, Deaconess, Trustee, Layman or Secretary in your church and have not been receiving calls through the Call Multiplier System, please contact our Secretary, Cheryl Shaw @ 910-818-5994 that your name might be added. To God be the Glory!

Dr. Everett has worked diligently to try and begin to repair the damage at the LRBA Assembly building. If you can be of help to him in any way, please give him a call at 910-619-9358. We extend sincere thanks to everyone that has come so far. It is no easy task. Rev. David Powell, thank you, your wife and the staff at Abigail's for treating the workers to lunch one day last week. It's going to take a lot to get our building back up to par. We took it for granted. Let us show our appreciation for the facility our elders worked so hard to bring to fruition. It's the least we can do.

The Red Cross delivered supplies to Spaulding Monroe Cultural Center which agreed to be a distribution center for flood victims. They brought water, toiletries, shovels, rakes, masks, gloves, flashlights, clean up buckets, tarps, canned goods, snacks etc. and have also provided 2 hot meals daily since Saturday.

We appreciate all that have volunteered their time and have stood in the gap to help others. In times like these, we very often have to deal with personalities that are not receptive to our best efforts to help. Remain kind and patient. God sees your efforts and you will most assuredly be blessed.

"The Ushers and Nurses Aid Auxiliary will meet on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 6 pm at First Baptist

Fairmont, instead of First Baptist Lumberton. Please spread the word that the location has changed to First

Baptist Fairmont."

We ask that everyone please keep Rev. Wendell Thompson in your thoughts and prayers. Rev. Thompson is

in the hospital at SRMC. He solicits your prayers and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Spaulding Monroe Alumni Association has graciously consented to let their facility be used as a donation

site for supplies for flood victims. We are currently not able to use the Assembly Building and have not been

able to completely assess the damage to the building thus far. The Spaulding Monroe Cultural Center is

located at 508 Martin Luther King Drive in Bladenboro, If anyone would like to make donations of supplies,

please contact the alumni President, Deacon Thomas Faulk, @ 910-736-7239 or Cheryl Shaw @

910-818-5994 or Moderator Everett @ 910-619-9358. We will do everything possible to coordinate these

efforts and to then have supplies delivered. This is a time for all our communities to come together like never

before. Thank you for your time and patience.




















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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