Sunday morning worship at 11:00 a.m.
Bethlehem Baptist Church
3902 Highway US 158
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
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 for his biography.
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.
ABOUT PASTOR FRANCIS 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 occurred November 10, 2019. Click here
for the online public photos of the special event. And here
for the online local news article.
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 ministry and work settings, 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.)
Immediately after conversion, he sensed a call to the gospel ministry.
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), head and assistant basketball coach (middle school boys/girls, high school boys and community college men), paratransit bus driver and hospital sterile processing technician (for surgical instrumentation).
Guided by the Bible's Proverbs 30:7-9, Philippians 4:11 and 4:19, 1 Timothy 6:6-10, and Hebrews 13:5, he remains committed to his lifetime of loan- and debt-free living. And striving for material and financial contentment.
The once highly popular Princeton University and Yale Seminary-trained Second Great Awakening evangelist James Brainerd Taylor--a 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.
More books and an updated autobiography/memoir are planned in his "uncommon Christian" series.
With diverse interests and an extensive history of local community engagement and volunteerism, Francis is a member of the following:
+ Other academic, ministerial and miscellaneous associations and societies.
Beginning in 2007, and as an independent scholar, he has delivered scholarly lectures at ASCH, EMS, ETS and NCSA national and regional academic 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 the USGA's 120th U.S. Open
near New York City, 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). He volunteers as a hole marshal, standard bearer or walking scorer.