Sunday morning worship at 11:00 a.m.
In addition to God the Holy Spirit, come also and visit and bless us with your presence!
Dr. Francis Kyle, pastor and scholar-in-residence. And author and founder, Uncommon Christian Ministries
. See below.
A historic and friendly rural church serving Halifax
, Northampton and Warren counties (NC). And Brunswick, Greensville and Mecklenburg counties (VA). Includes the Lake Gaston and Roanoke Rapids Lake region. Church building is handicap accessible.
Located along NC's 350-mile U.S. 158. Five miles west of Roanoke Rapids and busy I-95, and eight miles from Weldon. And eleven miles east of Littleton.
ABOUT PASTOR KYLE
We welcome and introduce our new pastor and scholar-in-residence, Dr. Francis Kyle.
He began July 3, 2019. A formal pastoral installation service is being planned for November 2019. Stay tuned.
Come join BBC in giving Dr. Kyle a warm North Carolina
welcome. With first impressions at stake, the American southeast and mid-Atlantic region are new to him.
Well traveled and with over 25 years of experience in a variety of city, suburban and rural American, Canadian and Israeli ministries, Francis comes by way of Louisville KY. And before that, Marysville WA, Jerusalem Israel (2009-11), Port Angeles WA (1992-2009, 2011-12), West Hartford CT (ages 5-20), Toledo OH and Miami FL.
He came to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ at age 21 in an employee dorm room while working as a seasonal waiter at historic Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park, twenty miles from Port Angeles, Clallam County, WA. (Prior to Olympic, Francis worked one season at Chisos Mountains Lodge in Big Bend National Park, Texas, and Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park, Montana.)
His higher education residences have included Hartford CT, Three Hills AB Canada (B.A.), Toronto ON Canada (M.Div., Th.M.) and Portland OR (D.Min.).
A passionate lifelong learner, and since 2014, he also has earned several healthcare related (IAHCSMM
) and university-based online professional certificates (Maryland, Michigan, UC-Berkeley, Villanova, Yale) in the fields of process improvement methodology (Lean Six Sigma) and the human sciences.
Some of his temporary, non-vocational ministry employments have included seasonal waiter, substitute public school teacher (K-12), basketball coach (middle school boys and girls/high school boys/community college men), paratransit bus driver and hospital sterile processing technician (for surgical instrumentation). He remains committed to his lifetime of loan- and debt-free living.
In addition to a variety of published articles and book reviews, Dr. Kyle is the author of "An Uncommon Christian: James Brainerd Taylor [1801-1829], Forgotten Evangelist in America's Second Great Awaking" (2007). And the edited anthology (with an introductory essay) "Of Intense Brightness: The Spirituality of Uncommon Christian James Brainerd Taylor" (2008). Both by University Press of America (Rowman & Littlefield) and with a wide range of international endorsements.
The once highly popular Princeton University and Yale Seminary-trained Second Great Awakening evangelist J. B. Taylor (cousin of famed First Great Awakening missionary David Brainerd, 1718-1747) defined an "uncommon" Christian as one who is striving to be "an eminently holy, self denying, cross bearing, Bible, everyday" Christian.
With diverse interests and an extensive history of local community engagement and volunteerism, Francis is a member of the American Society of Church History
, Evangelical Missiological Society
, Evangelical Theological Society
, Nineteenth Century Studies Association
, National Trust for Historic Preservation
, Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals
(FIRE), Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association-Louisville Metro Police Department
(2016-19), FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association-Raleigh NC
(pending), American Motorcyclist Association
, Iron Butt Association
("World's Toughest Motorcycle Riders"), Milan (Ind.) 1954 Hoosiers [Basketball] Museum
(lifetime member), International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management
(IAHCSMM) and several other academic, ministerial and miscellaneous associations and societies.
Since 2007, he has delivered scholarly lectures at ASCH, EMS, ETS and NCSA national and regional meetings in IL, KY, MO, OR, RI, SC, WA and Ontario, Canada. Dr. Kyle is the 2018-20 President (and founding Secretary and past Vice President) of the Kentuckiana IAHCSMM Chapter
(est. 2016) for Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
In June 2020 at USGA's 120th U.S. Open, and though he does not play golf, it will be Francis' tenth time--and seventh consecutive year for a golf "major"--volunteering for a PGA Tour/PGA Tour Champions or USGA/Senior USGA professional golf tournament (CT, IL, IN, KY, MI, NY) as a hole marshal, standard bearer or walking scorer.