Staff
Pastor

Rev. Rick Foreman

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BIOGRAPHY

Rev. Rick Foreman was born in Dillon, SC in 1958, saved by grace on September 17, 1976 and married Marie on December 4, 1977.  They have three adult children who reside in Bennettsville, SC and Manassas Park, VA.  He retired from the US Navy in August of 1994 and surrendered to the call of pastoral ministry in 1999.  He was educated at Central Texas College, 1992 and earned a diploma in Biblical Studies from Liberty University, 2007.  He served as pastor of Bruton’s Fork Baptist Church, Bennettsville, SC for 13 years and was called as pastor of West Lumberton Baptist Church, Lumberton, NC in April of 2014.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY

  • The primary purpose of the church is to grow together in worship toward God and service to God.  We are to love one another before God and live in such a way, that others may come to know Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior.  We are to be united in our heart and mind for the sole purpose of serving Jesus Christ.
  • My role as a pastor is to equip the Church for the work of the ministry.  I am to fulfill that role as both pastor and teacher. I am to lead by example so others may see me honor Jesus with my life, to help all Christians grow toward spiritual maturity in the faith and use the gifts that He has given them.
  • I’m not only to preach the gospel, but expound the scriptures in such a way to teach God’s people how to apply it in their lives.  I am to love, to encourage and even correct the brethren that we all may live for Jesus in this lost and dark world.
  • The life goal for every believer is summed up in Matthew 5:16,Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” When our light shines, we fulfill the “Great Commission” in reaching others by letting them see Jesus in us.

Minister of Music

Rev. Jason Atkinson

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Rev. Jason Brian Atkinson is a native of Bladenboro, North Carolina.  He began taking piano lessons at the age of 6, and started playing the piano in church at the age of 9.  He served as pianist of his home church, Northside Baptist Church, until September 1999, when he accepted the call as Minister of Music at Dublin First Baptist Church in Dublin, NC.  He served at Dublin First for six and a half years.  In April 2006, Rev. Atkinson accepted the call as Minister of Music at West Lumberton Baptist Church, where he continues to serve today.  Rev. Atkinson is bi-vocational, and also serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Bladen County Schools in Elizabethtown, NC.  He has served previously as a middle school choir teacher, high school band director, and an adjunct professor of music for UNC Pembroke, Bladen Community College, Carteret Community College, and Robeson Community College, and an adjunct professor of instructional technology for East Carolina University.

Rev. Atkinson received a Bachelor of Music (BM) in Music Education from UNC-Pembroke in 2002, a Master of Arts in Education (MAEd.) in Instructional Technology from East Carolina University in 2004, a Master of Arts (MA) in Music Education from UNC-Pembroke in 1995, and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S) degree in Educational Administration from Liberty University in 2012.  He is currently completing a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) from Liberty University.

Rev. Atkinson resides in Lumberton, NC, with his wife, Erica.  They have two children, Carlee Faith, who is 7 years old, and Brodee James, who passed away shortly after birth in May 2014.  Erica serves in various capacities in the children’s and women’s ministry programs at West Lumberton.


Church Secretary

Patricia Strickland

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