Winterville Baptist Church STAFF
Winterville Baptist Church is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our church staff and their qualifications for ministry.
Melissa and I, both natives of Washington, N.C. answered the call to fulltime Christian ministry in 1991, as I completed the first phase in my educational process, earning an A.A. in Religion from Liberty University. Here we are now beginning our 32nd year in the pastorate together. The journey has been incredible. We have shared many victories in ministry, as well as a few challenges, times of laughter and times of tears, but God has been faithful to teach us so much through each of these experiences. Together, God has taught us that love is the most precious gift we can receive and offer to others. Our approach to ministry is first to strive to love God with everything that is within us and then to love those around us more than ourselves.
I am so thankful to God for not only saving my soul in 1988, but for also saving my life. I never would have imagined that God would call me into ministry, bless me with such a wonderful family, and entrust to me the incredible privilege to speak of His amazing grace to the world. God has allowed me to serve on missions in South Africa, South America, Honduras, the Caribbean, as well as within the United States. I never grow tired of sharing the good news of the Gospel! It is the power found within the Gospel that saves, transforms, and sets the captive free. My life and testimony is evidence of His great eternal grace.
I have been the administrative assistant for WBC since February of 2011. I am the daughter of Joe & Annie Carawan, who were Salvation Army officers. As a PK (Preachers Kid) I was blessed to live in several different states including Virginia, Texas, West Virginia, and now North Carolina.
I am married to the love of my life, Alex, and we have two wonderful adult children, Darian and A.J.
I served Salem United Methodist Church as Administrative Assistant for 8 years. After some brief work on a grant for ECU I found my “work-home” here at Winterville Baptist, and can’t imagine myself anywhere else.
I absolutely LOVE what I do and truly feel like I’m called to this position. I enjoy working with a team and we have a great one! I’ve come to love many, many people in this church and feel blessed to call it my church home.
My journey with the Lord began in a Southern Baptist Church much like this one where I asked the Lord to save me from my sins when I was 8 years old. My family along with my church family that consisted of Sunday school teachers, youth leaders, choir directors and pastors helped to nurture, teach and encourage me in my young walk in the Word. More importantly, I saw them living it out in front of me through difficult and challenging times within their own Christian lives. Their incredible testimonies motivated and inspired me to never abandon my Faith and to hold on to the One who has become the most treasured Friend and companion that I have found throughout my life. I am so thankful and feel beyond blessed that those kinds of seeds were sown into my life at such a young age. I cannot begin to imagine one day, one hour or one second without His Presence. I have come to know His love, His peace, His joy, His protection and His guidance. His Mighty Hand of provision and His continued faithfulness to me never ceases to amaze me.
I have seen Him open doors of opportunities for me to tell others about His goodness even through my service in international mission trips to Mexico as well as Ecuador. My passion and my desire is to serve Him especially through Youth ministry and to begin to sow seeds into others along their journeys. I want to introduce children and youth at an early age to this same Jesus who has accompanied me throughout my life and I want to lead them into beginning a journey and a walk with the One who loves them more than anything that the world may try to offer them.
The Gospel is a wonderful, life giving and life changing message to be shared and yet, simple enough that even children can understand.
My life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6. It is great advice and a statement to be claimed by young people today.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.
Music Coordinator & Pianist
It is a blessing to serve in the music ministry at my home church. Winterville Baptist Church has been my home since the early 1990s when I attended with my family. In January 1992, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. It was such a special time in my life. I was in a wonderful place to grow as a young Christian. My experience within our church allowed me to assist as a youth leader on lay renewal ministry teams throughout Eastern Carolina. As an active member of the youth group, I also sang in the adult choir. Music has always been an important part of my life. I formally studied piano for over eight years. Along with piano, I also sang with the Greenville Choral Society and the East Carolina University Chorale. My experience with these choirs introduced me to different music genres. I have a great appreciation for the traditional hymns that we sing because of the stories told through the lyrics. Contemporary worship music is also just as important because it gives us real life application from a modern perspective. Our church blends both styles of music as we praise God with song.
LET'S MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE UNTO OUR LORD!
Apprentice Worship Leader
It is a great joy and blessing to be part of the ministry here at Winterville Baptist Church. This church has been my church home since accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior in 2013. Winterville Baptist has always been, and will always be, my home church. This is where God ignited a passion in my heart for ministry. Through this passion, the Lord led me to Liberty University Online, where I am currently obtaining a B.S. in Religion with a concentration in Christian Ministry. In addition, I will also be adding a double major to obtain a B.S. in Worship Studies in the upcoming semesters. I am amazed and extremely grateful for all that God continues to do in and through my life. It is a joy and an honor to serve my Lord! Music and worship has always held a special place in my heart as it has provided a way for me to express my heart before God when words seem to fall short. It is through music and worship that I find myself connecting to God on a deeper level. The grace of God is surely what has brought me here. I am forever grateful for who He is and what He’s done. He is so worthy of our worship! I love the good news of Jesus that has saved my soul and changed my life. It is the joy of my heart to sing about it!