We are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church, USA - New Hope Presbytery. We affirm the sovereignty of God and Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon us because he has anointed us to preach the Gospel to the rich and poor. He hath sent us to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty, them that are bruised...to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. We seek to Walk and Live by Faith and not by sight.
We pray that you will take the time to read and learn about the rich history of Faith Presbyterian Church and desire to visit.
Come one, come all and let us worship the lord in the beauty of holiness.
Dear Fellow Christians:
How can I say thanks to God for all the things he has done, is doing, and shall do in the future? By Faith, trusting and believing in Jesus Christ, we have been lifted to higher ground. God, in his grace and wisdom has moved us to higher ground and greater challenges. We must not forget our journey or the people to whom we ministered in the Shiloh and St. Matthews communities, but extend our boundaries. We are now in a new church location; 2114 North Berkeley Boulevard, Goldsboro, NC , formerly Pinewood Presbyterian Church.
As our church family realizes and accepts our blessings, we acknowledge the responsibility and accept the opportunity to do greater works in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We solicit your prayers, financial, and physical support as we continue our outreach ministries (healthcare, senior citizens, teenage mothers and fathers).
On Christ, the Solid Rock we stand, all other ground is sinking sand. I invite you to come go with us as we strive for higher spiritual ground. May God's grace and peace be upon you, my brothers and sisters in Christ.
Yours in Christ,
Reverend Antonia Lawrence
The Gospel according to Luke says, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has appointed me to bring the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19 Grace and peace unto you my brothers and sisters in Christ. On behalf of our Senior Pastor, myself, our church council, and our congregation we would like to welcome you to Faith Presbyterian Church website. At Faith we believe it is our divine calling through the help of the Lord to minister to the entire person. Faith is a space where we actively work with the help of the Holy Spirit to move you from where you are, to where God desires for you to be. We invite you to join us for a dynamic, life changing and liberating worship experience with us at 11:30 am each Sunday morning. We welcome you, and look forward to seeing you soon. We truly believe you will not leave here like you came, in Jesus name.
Minister Antonio M. K. Lawrence
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) has a representative form of government, known as presbyterian polity. At the congregational level, the governing body is called the session, from the Latin word sessio, meaning "a sitting". The session is made up of the pastors of the church and all elders elected and installed to active service. The elders are nominated by a nominating committee of the congregation; in addition, nominations from the floor are permissible. Elders are then elected by the congregation. The session takes care of the guidance and direction of the ministry of the local church, including almost all responsibilities of spiritual and fiduciary leadership. Other specific responsibilities are listed in the Book of Order.
Members of Faith Presbyterian Church:
Our council members serve as trustees of the church and act solely under the authority of the congregation. As such, please feel free to send your thoughts, comments, and concerns directly to the session. You may communicate in two ways:
1. Click the box below for our secure comment card, fill out the form, and submit. Your response will be sent directly (and confidentially) to a secure mailbox.
2. Write a letter and mail to:
Faith Presbyterian Church
Attn: Clerk of Session
2114 N Berkeley Blvd
Goldsboro, NC 27534
Once your confidential letter or email comment card is received, an elder will call you directly to thank you for your comments and address your remarks.
We are honored and humbled to be your partners in Christ and look forward to connecting soon.
The summer of the year 1882 has great significance in the history of Shiloh Presbyterian Church, for it was at this time that the Reverend J.A. Savage came from Lincoln University, Chester, Pennsylvania to Goldsboro, North Carolina and began work in a Presbyterian Mission. Surely his labor was not in vain. It resulted in the organization of Shiloh Presbyterian Church on February 25, 1883 at the site of the first Negro Public School in Wayne County.
Reverend A.A. Scott, Elder E.R. Dudley of New Bern, North Carolina along with Reverend D.J. Saunders of Wilmington, North Carolina were appointed by the Yadkin Presbytery to perfect the organization of a Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina, where the work of the Mission had been closely observed for several months. Many visitors, members, and friends of the older churches at Wilmington, North Carolina and New Bern, North Carolina were present to witness the organization. Reverend Savage remained with this Church for less than six months after organization, and in July, 1883 he left the Goldsboro field and the newly-organized Church to begin work in another area.
During its infancy, Shiloh was a member of the Yadkin Presbytery, but later was separated from this Presbytery and became a member of the Cape Fear Presbytery, which was not as overcrowded with churches as was the Yadkin Presbytery.
The charter members were Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bunn, Mr. and Mrs. John Valentine, Mrs. Lucy Phillips, Mr. B.S. Stevens, Mr. Leonidas Hall and Mr. J.H. Hatcher, who outlived the others and died October 20,1946; the last of the chartered members of Shiloh Presbyterian Church.
So small was the membership of this newly organized church that practically all members held offices in the Church and Sabbath School. The first officers included Mr. B.S. Stevens and Elder J.H. Hatcher, organist, and in charge of all music; a position which he held continuously for forty- eight years and four months. The original Trustees were Mr. B.S. Stevens, Richard Bunn, and J.H, Hatcher, who held that office until his death. In the Sabbath School of this church, Mr. B.S. Stevens was the first Superintendent, Mrs. Lucy Phillips, Treasurer and Mr. J.H. Hatcher, Secretary. The teachers were Mr. B.S. Stevens, Mr. John Valentine, and Mr. Richard Bunn.
Mr. B.S. Stevens represented the Church at the Spring Meeting of the Yadkin Presbytery and asked that Shiloh Presbyterian Church be "supplied" with a pastor. As a result, the Reverend Clarence Dillard arrived in Goldsboro and began as a "supply pastor" in May 1884. He served without interruption, until April, 1893. It was Reverend Clarence Dillard who officiated at the first wedding in Shiloh which united Miss Mary Williams and Mr. Samuel Hill in wedlock, and he performed the first baptismal rites when his eldest daughter joined the Christian ranks of which her father was the leader.
Since the organization of Shiloh Presbyterian Church in February 1883, sixteen persons have served as pastors. Besides the Reverend J.A. Savage and C. Dillard, the others were the Reverends P.W. Russell, J.J. Wilson, J.B. Harper, J.G. Walker, M.S. Branch, O.J. McLeod, L.E. Fairley, W.H. Freeland, F.F. Bryan, B.F, Levister, W.S. Brinkley, B.R. Richardson, J.E. Davis, and Antonia Lawrence.
Because of what the Presbyterian Church had meant to both of them practically all of their lives, the late Rev. and Mrs. W.H. Freeland decided that they would give their home to the Board of National Missions of the United Presbyterian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina; Mrs. Freeland preceded her husband in death. Reverend Freeland died April 30, 1943 after which their will was carried out and the manse at 314 West Pine Street served as the home of Reverend and Mrs. B.R. Richardson.
The annex at the rear of the Church was added in 1952. It included a study, choir loft, rest room facilities, and a heating system.
In 1986, Reverend Antonia Lawrence was appointed Stated Supply of Shiloh United Presbyterian Church and guided the congregation until it merged with that of St. Matthews Presbyterian Church in 1992.
St. Matthews Presbyterian Church was organized October 5, 1890 under the auspices of The Reverend Clarence Dillard. Reverend Dillard was then moderator of Shiloh Presbyterian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina and saw the need for and future success of a Presbyterian Church in Dudley.
Reverend Dillard worked diligently to get the Church organized and was its first Moderator, serving the Church from 1890 until 1913. There were nine known original members, most of whom have descendants who are members today. The original members were Mr. Washington Simmons, a teacher in Dudley; Mrs. Amanda Hagans, Mr. Wesley Budd and wife Julia, Mr. William Newkirk and wife Hattie Ann, Mr. Isaac Griswold and wife Cherry, and Mrs. Tempsy Boseman.
Though few in number, the members, inspired by Reverend Dillard, worked endlessly to make the Church successful and slowly the membership grew. When God took Mrs. Dillard to her Heavenly home, Elder and Mrs. Wesley Budd raised the Dillard's son as their own. When Reverend Dillard left the church, Reverend T. G. Williamson served as Moderator for one year. Reverend L. H. Fuller served until the Reverend W. H. Best was appointed Moderator, serving until 1920.
In 1920 there was a disturbance in the First Congregational Church in Dudley. Some of the members left the church discouraged and joined St. Matthews, further increasing its membership.
The original church was destroyed by fire in 1931, and the first book of Session was destroyed. The only record is from memories of elderly Dudley residents passed down to their children. A building no longer in use was purchased from the Quakers, and services continued with little interruption.
Subsequent Moderators were Reverend M.S. Branch, 1920-1927 and the Reverend B.R. Richardson as pastor, serving through October 1965. Several Moderators were appointed for short terms following Reverend Richardson, including Reverend J.H. Stokes, Reverend M.S. Branch, Reverend Eugene James, Reverend James Davis, and Reverend O.J. Hawkins. The Reverend Henry E. Williams served as pastor from 1975-1979.
As time went on, the old Church structure was in need of major renovations, and the members decided that it was time to build a new church. They appealed to the Presbytery for assistance and were granted approval to build, but were denied assistance. With great determination and faith in God, they decided to build without financial assistance of Presbytery and other church bodies. The men, under the supervision of Elder Edward Gray, an industrial arts instructor, designed and erected the present structure. They worked evenings and Saturdays. The women prepared food and gave support. The new building was dedicated in October 1979.
Reverend O J. Hawkins was reappointed Moderator in 1979 with Reverend James A. Christian serving the pulpit through 1980. The Reverend Hawkins assumed ministerial responsibilities after Reverend Christian and served until his health failed in 1981.
Reverend B. F. Basskerville was appointed Moderator after the demise of Reverend Hawkins and served in this capacity through January, 1986.When the Church had a vacant pulpit, area ministers from other churches filled in. These ministers included: The Reverend Oliver Brinson, Reverend Henry Williams, The Reverend Cleveland Ellis, Bishop Charles R. Lofton and Reverend Charles Locklear, The members remain grateful to these ministers who kept their spirits high.
Reverend Antonio Lawrence was appointed Stated Supply to St. Matthews in January 1986 and was installed as pastor in November 1987.
On June 28, 1992, St. Matthews Presbyterian Church and Shiloh Presbyterian Church merged and became Faith Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. under the pastorate of the Reverend Antonia Lawrence. The sessions of the two former churches were combined and a building fund was begun. During the first four years of existence, Faith's Sunday services alternated between the Shiloh Church building in Goldsboro and the St. Matthews Church building in Dudley. Members formed a gospel choir, youth group and children's choir. Church office positions included: Elders, Deacons, Trustees, Clerk of Session, and Treasurer. Other entities included Christian Education Leaders and Youth Leaders. Deacons began to initiate activities including a food pantry and bereavement committee. The church membership grew to "eighty-two members" as the Church celebrated its fourth anniversary.
The Shiloh Church building suffered roof and water damage because of Hurricane Fran in September, 1996. Thus, the congregation was no longer able to hold alternating services at the Goldsboro location. Services continued solely at the Dudley location. Church activities continued and grew; including gospel programs, Kwanzaa workshop, Senior Tribute, Prayer, Praise and Worship, Mid-week Service, Fifth Sunday Ecumenical Services and Pastor's Appreciation.
In 1998, the Christian Education committee revitalized the Sunday school program with the recruitment of additional teachers, students, and the serving of breakfast before Sunday school. In 1999, the Church purchased a van, which also increased Sunday school participation as well as membership participation in Church activities. The Nursing Home Ministry was also initiated in 1999 with monthly visits to Sun Bridge Nursing Center in Mount Olive and The Brian Center in Goldsboro. A membership of over 90 entered the new millennium. Membership participation in church activities and the building fund also increased. In March 2001, members said goodbye to a part of their history in the form of the demolition of the Shiloh Church building in Goldsboro, which had stood for 118 years, with sixteen pastors in its pulpit. While the building no longer remains, the love and service generated there continues at the present structure. As the Church continued its ninth year of its journey in FAITH, the brothers and sisters continued to press toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus "walking by FAITH and not by sight", acknowledging that they truly have come this far by FAITH.