The Western North Carolina Baptist Fellowship is exactly that….a fellowship of Baptists in WNC. We believe “We are stronger together!” and our mission and vision are formed with this in mind. We are here to be a source of encouragement and support, and to do as Christ calls us as a fellowship of believers.
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.