Baptist convention to hold session in city


From Staff Reports

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Eastern North Carolina will be the destination for the Mid Year Session of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Inc.

The convention will convene on May 15-16 at Ebenezer Baptist Church at 702 West Raleigh Blvd. in Rocky Mount. 

“We’re excited that the Convention is headed ‘Down East,’ and we’re especially grateful that Ebenezer has an opportunity to serve as the host church,” said the Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Walker, senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

The General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is one of the largest and oldest statewide organizations of African-Americans in North Carolina. The convention was organized in 1867 in Goldsboro and has grown to include more than 1,400 churches and more than a half-million members.

The principal function of the convention is to provide financial support from its member congregations to support five primary objectives: Shaw University, the first historically black college of the South; Shaw University Divinity School, which provides theological education to clergy and laity; Central Children’s Home of North Carolina, which provides residential group care for children and youth ages 9-21 who are unable to remain at home because of dependency neglect or abuse; Lott Carey Convention, which helps churches extend their witness around the world; and State Missions, which facilitates support for training churches and provides professional development for clergy and member churches.

One of the highlights of the convention will be the evening worship services on May 15. Ebenezer Baptist will host the Welcome Program at 7 p.m. May 15. This program will include greetings from local officials and a special monetary presentation from the convention to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region. The evening worship service will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will include a dynamic message that will inspire and uplift all in attendance. A l ate-night worship service will be held at 9 p.m. All worship services are open to the public.

“We’re expecting around 1,000 attendees, who will need hotel rooms and meals while in our great city,” Walker said. “Stores, restaurants, hotels and individuals will all feel a positive impact as our community is re-energized spiritually and economically.”