Bethlehem Baptist Church - Roanoke Rapids, NC

Bethlehem Baptist Church. 3902 Highway US 158, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870. Est. 1890. Dr. Francis Kyle, Pastor and Scholar-in-Residence.
Opening at 11:00 AM
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FREE WORKSHOP. "Making Sense of Church Finances & 2020 Tax Year." Tuesday, January 7, 2020. 6:30-8:45 p.m. At Bethlehem. Guest speaker: Davis Blount, Senior Consultant, Compensation & Benefit Services, Baptist State Convention of NC. All invited no matter the Protestant denomination. Refreshments...

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INVITE. Pastoral installation service for new BBC pastor Dr. Francis Kyle. Sunday, November 10. 4:00 p.m. Promises to be a special event with many invited from NC, VA and KY. Guest preacher to give the charge to both pastor and congregation: Pastor Jim Savastio of Louisville, KY. Pastor Jim will ...

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Bethlehem Baptist Church loves Halifax County and its surrounding NC and VA counties. Faithfully serving the community since 1890. Come join us and bless us with your presence as we seek to "love the Lord our God with all our heart/soul/mind" and "love our neighbor as ourselves" (Matthew 22:37-40).


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"We preach Christ" (Colossians 1:28)

Sunday morning worship at 11:00 a.m.

Bethlehem Baptist Church
3902 Highway US 158
Roanoke Rapids, NC  27870

Located half-mile east of William R. Davie Middle S.T.E.M. Academy, along North Carolina's 350-mile U.S. 158. Five miles west of Roanoke Rapids and Exit 173 on I-95. And eleven miles east of Littleton.

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. 

With spiritual roots in the Old Testament, New Testament and the Protestant Reformation, BBC is in substantial agreement with the Baptist Faith and Message (2000) and the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith (1689).

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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.

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 Awakening (2007). And the edited anthology (with an introductory essay) Of Intense Brightness: The Spirituality of Uncommon Christian James Brainerd Taylor (2008). Both published 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 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. 

He founded Uncommon Christian Ministries in 2007 and has an Author Central page.

With diverse interests and an extensive history of local community engagement and volunteerism, Francis is a member of the following:
Iron Butt Association ("World's Toughest Motorcycle Riders")
+ 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.

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3902 U.S. 158
Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina 27870
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Wed:9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sun:11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
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