Honor and praise are given to God, Our Heavenly Father, who inspired our forefathers to organize this church. We thank Him who has led, strengthened and blessed this congregation to witness a century - 100 years of kingdom work. Under the inspired leadership of the late Bishop C.L. Keen, this church was organized in November 1900, and has stood as a beacon for all who seek solace and comfort through the word of God and fellowship with Christian friends.
Following Bishop Keen, were the following pastors: the late Rev. W.F. Grasty; the late Rev. N. T. Johnson, the late Rev. T.H. Lea, the late Rev. P. W. Williams; the late Rev. C. L. Stone, the late Rev. J. R. Redd, the late Rev. James Carter, the late Rev. F. D. Smith, the Rev. St. Claire Hopkins, and the Rev. M. C. Hawkins
We were without a pastor for a short period of time, until March, 1966, when the Rev. Jasper Watkins, assumed the pastorate.
Over the years, White Rock Baptist Church has made numerous improvements in its physical structure and in many other areas. Each decade, significant changes were realized. By the grace of God, the vision of Rev. Watkins and the dreams of a new sanctuary were realized with the Ground-Breaking Ceremony on Sunday, November 13, 1966. The Corner Stone laying ceremony was held the following year on April 23, 1967. And on Sunday, January 10, 1971, God allowed us to witness the Church’s Mortgage Burning Ceremony. Since that time, many improvements have been made to maintain the sanctuary where all the Saints of God can come and worship.
After 23 years of spiritual devotion and leadership, Rev.
Watkins retired. However, God had plans for the WHITE ROCK BAPTIST CHURCH.
We were blessed in May of 1990 to call a pastor after many months of
searching -- Rev. Dr. Walter M. Tinsley of Eden, North Carolina.
Moreover, the much needed church expansion was completed and a DEDICATORY SERVICE was held on Sunday, November 5, 1994.
The Lord has continued to shower his blessings upon our
church. Some of which are: finalization of the parking lot renovation; the
loan for the renovation and expansion of the church was paid in full
December 1996; the Sunbeam Choir for youth was organized; an after- school
tutorial program was implemented in 1996-97; a computer lab established.
Fluorescent lights and a public address system have been installed in the
lower auditorium and classrooms. Dressing rooms on the top floor of the
church were repaired for use during baptism. Our pastor has established a
tape ministry and monthly visits to the Stratford Health Care Center.
The Lord is good and He is doing great things for us as we grow spiritually as a church family.