A Bit of History…
St. John's Baptist Church was chartered on September 17, 1950, by the Raleigh Baptist Association to provide a Baptist presence in the Oberlin Road community near Cameron Village in Raleigh. Rev. James Morriss was called as the first pastor. For the next several years, the St. John's Church family met in members' homes, local schools, and even in a tent, which was pitched on the site of the present church facilities. These facilities were completed in 1953 and 1962. Four other pastors, many committed staff ministers, and a host of dedicated laypersons have led St. John's through its history. Those who have served as pastors include Rev. John Lambert, Rev. R. Dean Ramey, Dr. Warner Doles, and Dr. Richard Wynne.
St. John's was given her name for two reasons, both found in the Gospel of John. First, John the Baptist publicly acknowledged the unique, divine nature of Jesus when he said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (1:29). Second, Jesus established both our purpose and our method for ministry when he told his disciples, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another". (13:34). On the basis of these two declarations, the name of St. John's was chosen.
In 2000, we joined other churches along Oberlin Road in a partnership for the purpose of regular fellowship, worship, and service experiences together.
Our members have increasingly been active in a variety of mission activities through the years. Individuals and teams have gone to Arkansas, Togo, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Armenia, Kosovo, and Honduras, and as well as several places in our own state helping with rebuilding following hurricane destruction as well as other construction projects. We are one of the few Baptist churches in Raleigh who still provide a food pantry for the needy in our area. Our members have participated in worship activities at local retirement and assisted living homes. Our bi-annual BBQ fund-raisers are held entirely for the benefit of missions.
In all that we have done in our existence, we have tried to live out our calling to love one another and provide outreach in the form of missions.