What a marvelous achievement! We have crossed another milestone of existence. It has been 110 years since the founding of First Baptist Church on October 4, 1912.
I have been privileged to be the pastor of this great, dynamic church that has been a beacon of support for this community for a long time. I have met people in different states who knew about First Baptist Church although they were a long way from North Carolina. In fact, many in the community have either belonged to or been strongly associated with the church. We are known everywhere in the continental United States. The pioneers who started the church left a wonderful legacy for us to continue. God has richly blessed us in more ways than we can honestly say.
Homecoming is an opportunity to see old acquaintances that have impacted our lives. It is a wonderful tradition of remembrance, fun, and fellowship. We can come together one more time to see one another and appreciate each other while thanking the Lord for the blessings that He bestowed on all of us. First Baptist Church, one of the oldest African American churches in Fuquay-Varina has nurtured the start of many successful individuals in the very walls of the church. We should never turn our backs on our roots. I thank God today for the opportunity to see so many come home to be a part of this annual tradition of celebrating homecoming.
This homecoming we celebrate what God has done in our midst and what God is going to do in the days to come. For the Bible says in Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen." And continues in verse six, "And without faith it is impossible to please God."
We celebrate this homecoming by faith in the God of the Bible. God is getting ready to do remarkable things in the life of First Baptist Church. May we express the kind of faith that Joshua and the Israelites army had. After marching around Jericho once a day for six days and on the seventh day they marched seven times, then they watched the walls came tumbling down. What a great victory God gave them! God bless each of you as you have faith in God like never before.
Your brother in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Reginald U. Lowery, Pastor
First Baptist Church of Fuquay-Varina
Rev. Dr. Reginald U. Lowery, Pastor, FBCFV
Donald Murdaugh Jr.
Cortez Harris Jr.
Minister Charlene Mangum
God, thank You for blessing us with pastors and spiritual leaders. Please strengthen and guide them as they lead others. Protect their families, guard their hearts, and focus their minds on You. Amen.
Pastor Lowery has been Pastor of First Baptist Church of Fuquay Varina since 2008. He was raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and has been serving in ministry since 2002.
Rev. Florence is from New Jersey and has been serving in ministry for the past 25 years. He has been a part of First Baptist Church of Fuquay-Varina ministry since 2019.
Rev. McClain was raised in Selma, North Carolina, and has been in ministry since 2001. She has been serving in ministry at First Baptist Church of Fuquay-Varina since 2016.
Minister Mangum was raised in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, and is a longtime member. She was called to ministry right here in First Baptist Church of Fuquay-Varina 25 years ago.
Minister Newkirk was raised in Apex, North Carolina, and is a longtime member. She was called to minister and has been part of ministry at First Baptist Church of Fuquay-Varina since 2014.
Minister Robinson was raised in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, and is a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Fuquay-Varina. She has been serving in ministry since 1999, when was called to be a minister here in this church.
Rev. Wright is a Fuquay-Varina native and has been serving in ministry since 1984 and has been a part of First Baptist Church of Fuquay-Varina ministry for the past five years.
Minister Arnetta Robinson
This Ministry directs the Christian Education Program for all age groups and trains lay leaders for the task of teaching and leading.
Deaconess Mary Burrell
The Ushers Ministry provides service to the membership and guests before, during, and after services. It is this ministry that assists in maintaining a worshipful atmosphere in the church.
Deaconess Lucy Monds
The purpose of this ministry is to promote Christian fellowship in the church and to ensure that the Church is always adorned with flowers during worship services.
Deaconess Mary Burrell and Ms. Cynthia Howard
This ministry's vision is to be a Christ-centered ministry that demonstrates the principles of Christian faith by tending to the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of church members and people in the surrounding community.
Ms. Cynthia Howard
The Kitchen Ministry consists of volunteers from the membership in responding to food service needs of the church and are included during the planning process of any and all programs where food service is required.
Ms. Phyllis Herron
The mission of the FBC Scholarship Ministry responsibility is to administer and award scholarships to applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for the scholarships that First Baptist Church of Fuquay-Varina offers.
First Lady Eva Lowery
To bring together our women in Christian Fellowship to work and demonstrate how we can grow in the word of Christ for all.
Mr. Andre Barbee
To bring together our men in Christian Fellowship to work and demonstrate how we can grow in the word of Christ for all.
Mrs. Melissa Barbee
While grounded in spiritual perspective, the Health Ministry strives to address the physical and mental health of the congregation and community.
Rev. Billy Florence & Deacon Michele Florence
The mission of this ministry is to assist the youth of the Church in their spiritual growth and in the use of their personal gifts in the service of the church to the honor of the Lord.
AUDIO/VISUAL - Trustees Deborah Alston and Donald Murdaugh Jr.
The Audio/Visual Ministry provides quality audio and video needs of for Church worship services.
TECHNOLOGY & WEBSITE - Ms. Ronda Burt and Mr. Jerry Murdaugh
The Technology/Website Committee provides updates to church website.
MEDIA - Mr. Jerry Murdaugh
The Media Ministry of First Baptist Church is responsible for publicizing and/or advertising all church-related information and events using various media methods to include newspapers, radio stations, and online social media.