Carolyn Lynch caters to individuals and congregations as owner of Your Church Supply Store. She bought the business at 124 Tarboro St. from the Rev. Willie Burston in 2010.

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Carolyn Lynch caters to individuals and congregations as owner of Your Church Supply Store. She bought the business at 124 Tarboro St. from the Rev. Willie Burston in 2010.

Store serves individuals, congregations

By Tyler Kes
Staff Writer

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With a name like Your Church Supply Store, one would think the only customers are churches, but that is not the case at the store at 124 Tarboro St.

The store, which is owned by Caroline Lynch, sells to the public and has done so since Lynch purchased the store from the Rev. Willie Burston.

“I have a lot of regular clients and customers that come in here,” Lynch said. “We cater to the churches, but my basic, regular sale is to the public.”

The store has been in Rocky Mount for quite a while, Lynch said.

“We have been here since 2010,” she said. “The actual store itself was probably here about the previous 25 to 30 years.”

Lynch said she purchased the store from Burston about a year after he retired because there were items the regular clients were not able to get locally, and because of how she felt about the business.

“It is a passion I have for the business,” she said.

Q: What products or services do you provide?

A: The products I provide are Bibles and resources to where people are able to grab, as far as dictionary and learning about the Bible and to further their Christian life. I sell a lot church resources, as far as the Communion wear and usher badges and gloves and choir robes and different things like that, music and gift products. I just recently began to start expanding my line of gift products.

Q: Who are your key leaders?

A: I have one that helps me out that I am sort of training, a little bit older lady that I work with. She is basically my mom, but it is basically me right now handling everything.

Q: How many people do you employ?

A: Right now I do not really employ anybody but myself. I started out with two part-time employees, but because of the economy and because of things running slow, especially for the last two years I had to downsize it to just myself.

Q: What is your business philosophy?

A: It is great. I love it, I love what I do. It is ministry, not just in selling a product. It is something I enjoy doing and I want to have the right thing in the hands of someone that is going to get some encouragement from it and is going to help them grow in their Christian life. I am all about ministry and trying to help. I about helping. I always consider this type work as a mission, being a mission field. I am not out there but to me this begins mission work.

Q: What makes your business unique?

A: It is unique because it is personal. Personal in the way that there is not a whole ripping and running crowd and you are able to work with people one-on-one and you are able to take time with that particular customer. You are able to find out more about the individual than per se working with a larger corporation or a larger group, and you are not able to take up that time, that personable time with them.

Q: How has your business grown?

A: It has grown. It is not a fast grow, but it is climbing. It has its momentum. It is not where I want it to be, but it has grown from what it used to be, so it is growing. It’s not in chunks, but it is growing in bits and pieces.

Q: What kind of growth do you expect in the coming years?

A: I want to beyond where I am. I want to expand beyond. I want my territory enlarged, not just here, but somewhere outside. I just want it to grow beyond where I am. I want it to go beyond where I am.