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.








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.

We take this opportunity to say thank-you to all the churches that attended the Mid-Year Session. It was truly a great time in the Lord. We had excellent workshops presented and dynamic sermons every night. We were very fortunate to have Dr. Nilous Avery, President of the General Baptist State Convention, to come and be our speaker on Tuesday night of the session. God blessed us to have another church join the Association as well. We are very pleased to welcome Another Chance Ministries. The Pastor is Elder James McKinnon and the church is located at 513 E. 20th St., Lumberton, NC.

Thank you to all the churches that paid their quotas. All other churches that have not paid their quota or paid on it, we encourage you do so. We can’t stress enough the importance of paying our quotas to maintain our fiscal responsibility to the day to day operations of the Association as well as our obligations to the General Baptist State Convention.

Our Trustees will soon be starting on a project to repair the shed outside that the lawn mower is kept in and we look forward to seeing that progress. The Laymen’s League is working with the Secretary to implement a Call Multiplier System that will enable us to send out mass messages to different groups. We want to do all we can to improve communications among all of us. If your church has yet to send the information sheet for your church regarding phone numbers and addresses for your Pastor and officers, etc., please do so.

Please remember our motto for this year, “Striving for Oneness in Jesus Christ”. The entire world is going through turbulent times. Let us be prayerful. We send out prayers to all the families of the police officers that were recently slain and injured. Our hope is in knowing that God is in control.

Dr. Ruby Jones, Chairman of Christian Education for LRBA is announcing that the first Saturday of the month will be the meeting date for this group. There will be a meeting on August 6, 2016 @ 10 am. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please come out and support.

The Deaconess of LRBA will have their monthly meeting on Saturday, July 23, 2016 @ 10 am at the assembly building. Meeting of importance! The Deaconess will celebrate their Annual Day on Saturday, August 27th at 11 am. Our speaker will be Rev. Audra Williams of First Baptist Lumberton. Please come out and join us for this special day.

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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