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This photo provided by the Rev. Lucy Robbins shows a "For Sale" sign in front of Asheville's Biltmore United Methodist Church in July. Already financially strapped because of shrinking membership and a struggling preschool, the congregation was dealt a crushing blow by the coronavirus.


At many churches, pandemic hits collection plate, budgets

By Holly Meyer and Haleluya Hadero
| January 17, 2022

Biltmore United Methodist Church of Asheville, North Carolina, is for sale. Already financially stra...

Pastor Maurice E. Battle, left, was recently installed as Freedom Ministries’ pastor, while Pastor Dennis E. Battle, right, was named overseer of operations. Maurice “Pastor Moe” Battle, a Wilson County native, is married with three children. Overseer Dennis Battle has been in the ministry for 30 years. Freedom Ministries of Wilson streams its services on Facebook Live at 10 a.m. each Sunday. For more information, visit the church website at

Freedom Ministries announces leadership change

October 16, 2021


Calvary Presbyterian plans Sunday homecoming service

From staff reports
| October 7, 2021

Calvary Calvary Presbyterian Church, 209 Pender St., will hold its 132nd homecoming celebration at 1...

Connect Church of Wilson will celebrate its 100th birthday on Sunday. Pastor Michael Crocker, shown here, said the key to the church's longevity has been the ability to accept change and have a clear mission.

Connect Church turns 100

By Janelle Clevinger
| October 6, 2021

A few location changes, several name modifications and 100 years later, Connect Church is still thri...

Emani Lucas of Wilson, center, is baptized by Apostle Telley Pender Lucas of A Heart For God International Ministry on Saturday as intercessor Eddie Ellis, left, assists.

Baptized residents claim ‘new beginning’

By Drew C. Wilson
| August 15, 2021

One by one, they came. Some had tears streaming down their faces. Others showed expressions of joy a...

Children open their Operation Christmas Child gifts during a distribution at Cornerstone Christian Church in Saipan. Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has collected and delivered more than 186 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

Operation Christmas Child gift season begins

For the Times
| August 8, 2021

As the new school year approaches, Operation Christmas Child shoebox packers are making use of back-...

Forest Hills Baptist Church will host the female trio Seraph from Trinity Baptist Church of Raleigh for a free concert Aug. 29.

Concerts planned at Forest Hills Baptist Church; new youth director named

For the Times
| August 7, 2021

Forest Hills Baptist Church, 1407 Forest Hills Road, will host Denver Bierman for a solo concert at ...

Church news for July 30

July 29, 2021

St. Paul — Elm City St. Paul Holiness Church will celebrate the Rev. Margie B. Artis’ anniversary at...


Winstead United Methodist welcomes new pastor

For the Times
| July 27, 2021

The Rev. Rachel Price has been appointed to Winstead United Methodist Church at 1407 Tarboro St. SW....

Church news for July 23

From staff reports
| July 22, 2021

Total Impact Total Impact Outreach Ministries, 502 Jordan St., will hold a rainbow tea service at 3...

Brother Eddie Junior and Apostle Telley Pender Lucas baptize James Speight during A Heart for God International Ministries' June 12 community baptism at Family Car Wash on Nash Street.

3 dozen take plunge in outdoor baptism

From staff reports
| June 18, 2021

Three dozen people committed their lives to Jesus Christ during A Heart for God International Minist...

Jeannette Etheridge, from left, and Kathy Daughety narrate Saturday's tour of church founders' graves at Maplewood Cemetery.

First Christian Church members honor founders

By Janelle Clevinger
| May 27, 2021

As First Christian Church of Wilson celebrates the 150th anniversary of its charter’s signing on Apr...

Contractors Aaron Phillips, left, Stacy Bagwell, center, and Jeremy Barnes inspect the new baptistery at Wildwood Free Will Baptist Church on Friday.

Wildwood Free Will Baptist opens new sanctuary

By Drew C. Wilson
| May 17, 2021

Wildwood Free Will Baptist Church welcomed the congregation and the community to its sanctuary o...

During Sunday's worship service, Mayor Carlton L. Stevens Jr. presented a resolution and proclamation to the congregation of First Christian Church on behalf of the Wilson City Council declaring Tuesday as First Christian Church Day and noting the council's tribute and best wishes on the  church's 150th anniversary. Accepting the framed resolution and proclamation on behalf of First Christian Church is board chair Kathy Daughety. First Christian Church's sesquicentennial celebration begins Tuesday and will continue for 150 days, culminating in a sesquicentennial celebration weekend Sept. 24-26. To learn more about the celebration, visit

First Christian Church celebrates 150 years

April 26, 2021

Church celebrates 150th anniversary

| August 13, 2020

Five years after the Civil War ended, a handful of former slaves established a worship place under a “bush shelter” near a rocky stream in western Wilson County. Members of Rocky Branch United …

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