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, the Village District, 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. A renovation of much of the church was completed in 2009-2010 and 2014-2016, funded in part by a generous donation from Jim Lee.
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, Rev. Dr. Warner Doles, Rev. Dr. Richard Wynne, and Rev. Scott Hovey.
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 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.