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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:   Pastor Judy McMillian

1-910-316-5977 (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

Greetings in Jesus Name to the LRBA Family,

     On March 15, 2014 we sponsored an Affordable Healthcare Workshop at Lumber River and we are excited about the outcome, because people walked away with healthcare benefits that could not afford healthcare. God blessed our people, some with no premiums and others with premiums such as $7.00, $8.91 and $14.00 a month. To God be glory for the great things he is going in our lives. We pray that with your continued support and prayers we the Lumber River Baptist Association can move forward from here and continue to bring the best that God has to offer to you.

Yours in Christ,

Dr. Thurman B. Everett, Moderator




 Executive Secretary: Rev. Judy P. McMillian


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 for your continued prayer for Sis. Gertrude Davis, her husband Rev. Rossevelt Davis was funeralized on Monday, May 19, 2014.
  • Please pray for Dr. Martine Spencer and her family. Dr. Spencer's husband, Brother Jimmy Spencer went home to be with the Lord. Homegoing services will be posted at a later date.
  • We ask that you continue to pray for Pastor Nathaniel Scott, Pastor of Saint Mary's Church in Evergreen, North Carolina. is condition has improved, but he will have to endure a long recovery process, and we know that prayer can change that progosis, because God is able to do anything but fail.
  • Please be in prayer for Pastor W.C. Marable, Pastor of Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Fairmont, North Carolina.
  • We ask for your prayers for Rev. William Vaught, Rev. Jerry Love, Rev. Wendell Thompson and Sis. Edith Maultsby.
  • 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.








National Baptists Elect a New Leader

The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc met this week in the city of New Orleans, LA for its 138th Annual Session. Amidst all of the reports about global and home mission, ecumenical relations, faith based initiatives, etc, the main focus of this meeting was the election of a new president.
Five very capable men offered themselves as candidates for the presidency of this august body: the Reverend R.B. Holmes, Rev. Boisie Kimber, Rev. Clifford Jones, Rev. Randy Vaughan and Rev. Jerry Young. Voting took place in the Morial Convention Center from 7:00am until 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 4, 2014. After all of the votes were tabulated, the Reverend Dr. Jerry Young, Pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church of Jackson, MS emerged victorious.
Dr. Young said, "I am humbled by the knowledge that I am now president because God did it!" Dr. Young begins his administration with the goal of re-building the infrastructure and capacity of the convention by putting the right people in place and by matching gifts and skills with the job at hand. "We've got to get the right people on the bus if we are going to get the job done," stated Young. "What happened yesterday is history." "It is time for us to move into the future as one!"

The 2014 ANNUAL SESSION of the General Baptist State Convention of NC will convene on OCTOBER 27-29, 2014. Join us ay Sycamore Hill Baptist Church, 1001 Hooker Rd., Greenville, NC. GBSC-NC Leadership Elections will be held.

Annual Session Lodging  The Annual Session will convene on October 27-30, 2014 at the Greenville Convention Center in Greenville, NC.  (The closing session and installation of officers will be held on October 30 at Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church.  All other events will be held on the Greenville Convention Center complex campus.) Please make your reservations before October 13, 2014.  Additional information about the Annual Session (including registration information) will be released from Baptist Headquarters shortly.  Thank you for your patience as we are attempting to organize a very large event with a very limited staff.  Thank you for your support of missions through the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

Mark your calendar for Dec. 14, 2014. Mt. Moriah will host their Annual Golden Saints Appreciation Day. Morning worship begins @ 9:30 am. Their guest speaker will be announced at a later date.

As we enter the holiday season, let us all be thankful to God for his many blessings. On behalf of our Moderator, Dr. Thurman Everett, he wishes everyone in the Association all the blessings that God has bestowed upon us all and that we continue to use Christ as our example in all we do.

The Annual Minister's Spouses Banquet will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 @ 6:30 pm at the Assembly Building. Dr. Shirley Bullock will be our speaker. It will be a night of great food and great musical entertainment. Tickets are $15.00. Please contact any member for tickets.

Announcing Lumber River's Finest! We will initiate a program called "Lumber River's Finest". This is an endeavor to showcase the talent that we have in our Association by having a monthly program at the Assembly building. We are looking for any kind of talent, ranging from singing, playing instruments, oratory skills, skits, comedy or praise dancing to name a few. There is no age limit restriction and all are welcome. Please encourage your members to participate. Participants will be judged and prizes awarded. We hope to have our first program on the 2nd Sunday of January @ 4 pm. at the Assembly Building. Anyone interested in participating should contact our Moderator, Dr. Everett at 910-619-9358 or Acting Executive Secretary, Cheryl Shaw @ 910-818-5994. You can also respond by e-mail to

The LRBA has established a transportation committee for 2015 solely for the purpose of planning a first class chartered bus trip to the National Baptist Convention in Memphis, Tn. Sept. 7-11, 2015.

The committee's planning is based on a minimum of 40 persons participating. The following mandates must be met: A deposit of fifty ($50.00) must be made by at least (30) persons not later than February 20, 2015. (Seating preferences are based on order payments are received). Final payments must be made in full not later than June 19, 2015, ( The anticipated maximum full fare will be two-hundred, twenty-five dollars. ($225.00) per person.) Refunds on all deposits will be made in full if the trip is not finalized by March 31, 2015. Refunds will be made in full upon finding a replacement at any time; or on a case by case basis before August 1, 2015. All payments are to be made to LRBA. In the memo section, please write "Memphis Trip". Dr. Thomas Southerland is the Committee Chairperson.

Rev. John Daniels, former Pastor of Piney Grove Baptist Church, Evergreen, N.C. has passed away. The funeral services will be held on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 at First Baptist Hamlet, Hamlet, N.C. @ 2:30 pm. It is located at 329 W. Ave, Hamlet. Family Hour will be at nelson Funeral Home, East Washington St., Rockingham, N.C. @ 6 pm on Saturday, Dec. 13. Cards of condolence can be sent to: Mrs. John Daniels, P.O. Box 1604, Hamlet, N.C. 28345.

















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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