In order to fulfill the Great Commission, we are a network of churches, individuals and other interested parties for the purpose of education, fellowship, missions and worship.
The Western North Carolina Baptist Fellowship is an autonomous body composed of churches and individuals. WNCBF seeks to cooperate in a unique way to serve Christ and to carry out His Great Commission. The WNCBF seeks to serve Baptists and other interested persons in the Western North Carolina area who desire to:
- Promote fellowship of like–minded Baptists and other interested persons
- Be missional in outlook and action
- Be inclusive of all persons who desire to follow Christ
- Strengthen congregations through resources, shared ministry and encouragement.
- Enrich one’s spiritual life through prayer, Bible study and educational resources.
Therefore we engage in prayer for each other, for missions, and for those who need the compassionate love of Christ.
Members of the coordinating council serve for a 3 year term, and are made up of clergy and laity from member churches in the region. Ex-oficio/non-voting members include our treasurer and CBFNC representative, as well as the communications chair.
2017 Coordinating Council
(l-r back row) Jess Chapman (FBC Asheville), Sarah Davis (FBC Sylva), Bill Jones (FBC Newland), Bill Clark (FBC Asheville)
(l-r front row) Tony Spencer (FBC Forest City), Jane Gurley (Providence), Gail Coulter (CBFNC/Providence), Bill Henderson (FBC Black Mountain), Dianne Yount (Cullowhee)
(not pictured) Jody Griffin (Central, Spruce Pine), John Bridges, and Kristen Dominguez (Hominy)
A gathering of 178 people met at Hominy Baptist Church on Nov. 25, 2002. The group gathered to worship, to fellowship and to design a future for doing missions and ministry together in the wake of changing relationships with local associations. Eleven churches were represented.
Some of the issues addressed were:
- Fellowship with fellow Christians
- Stewardship of time and money
- Unity of faith
- Evangelism on local levels
- Social outreach in Western NC
- Missions local and global
Dr. Joe Yelton, Dr. Guy Sayles, Dr. Bill Jones, and Dr. Buddy Corbin led the group in re-thinking a new direction for Western NC Baptists.
Today, there are 15 churches across Western North Carolina, from Newland to Cullowhee and from Mars Hill to Tryon, cooperating in the Fellowship with a vision to serve Christ and His Kingdom.
The Annual Gathering in May and the Fall Gathering and Summer Picnic are good ways to be immersed in Fellowship activities and happenings. Gatherings offer a meal, updates on Fellowship life and worship.
New Church Starts
Providence Baptist Church in Hendersonville, NC; and Summit Church in Sylva, NC are both growing, healthy new churches.
Workshops, retreats, special events, networking, and resources are offered each year, especially as pre-session workshops at Gatherings.
Partnerships in Kentucky, Ukraine, Bosnia, Cuba; medical missions in Belize; state and global projects through CBFNC; and local ministries through WNCBF churches provide opportunities to do missions together.