About Us

A Brief History:

In 1937 a small band of Christian witnesses felt compelled to start a Missionary Sunday School in Lillington, N.C.  Deacon W.T. Fuller and Mrs. Carrie Lampley Atkins organized this mission and the first service was held on April 17, 1937. The Reverend G.T. Moore of Raleigh, N.C. presided over these services and later Mr. John D. Spears of Lillington offered a home for this group to use for regular church service.

In 1938 the membership increased from 12 to 29 and the first members were Deacon W.T. Fuller, Mrs. Carrie L. Atkins, Mrs. Missie Richardson, Mr. Louie Lampley, Mrs. Margaret McLean, Mrs. Rosa Parker, Mr. Sandy Patterson, Mr. Banks Street, Mr. Edward Council, Mr. Percell D. Ferrell, Rev. J.E. Marks and others soon joined like Mrs. Moselle Lampley, Mrs. Annie Street Hall, Mrs. Ida Harris, Mrs. Esther Pearl McNair, Mrs. Mamie Meekins and Mrs. Julia Banks.  In 1939 the first church site was purchased and in 1952 the current site was purchased and a new sanctuary was completed.  The former cemetary land was donated by Mrs. Missie Holiness.  Several advancements, changes and challenges have occured as this ministry has grown and developed.  As we continue to grow we also continue to adapt and what makes any of this possible is the dedication and service of determined Christian men, women and children!

Many wonderful preachers, teachers and leaders have filled the pulpit of this church.  There was a period of 9 months (January-September) in the year 1945 that the church had to continue without a pastor and during this time students from the Shaw Divinity School filled the pulpit. Among those ministers was the late Rev. Dr. G.D. McNeill, who went on to serve two local churches in the community as Pastor.  The former Pastors of LFMB include:

 (1937) Rev. G.T. Moore, (1939) Rev. H.R. Holt, (1940) Rev. J.R. Stanford, (1943)
Rev. A.L. Mason, (1945) Rev. E.A. Parham, (1950) Rev. E.A. Heartley, (1956) Rev. J.J. Reese, (1962) Rev. J.P. Dempsey, (1964) Rev. G. Robinson, (1967) Rev. W.T. Grimes, (1968) Rev. James A. Raye, Sr., and (1982-2012) Rev. Dr. Queen B. Penny.  Our current pastor is Rev. Sheral L. Raines.