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"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
Colossians 3:17

Dr. Charles Johnson
Senior Pastor
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Dr. Charles C. Johnson was born along with an identical twin brother in Rome, Ga.  He was raised in Smyrna, Ga. where he met and married the former Lynn Brown.  Charles and Lynn currently reside in Rolesville, NC and have two daughters.  They are Sara Lynn who lives in Swanannoa, NC with her husband Steve and their children Madison and Garrett and Rachel who lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband Joe and their children Avery, Cole, and Ryann.
Dr. Johnson served in the United States Air Force, graduated from Georgia State University with a BA in Business Administration, and worked in corporate sales prior to moving to Wake Forest, NC where he attended Southeastern Seminary.  He received both a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southeastern. While attending Southeastern, he served as Associate Pastor at Durham Memorial Baptist Church.  He was then called to serve for more than thirteen years as Associate Pastor/Minister of
Education at Temple Baptist Church in Raleigh. After that, he served as Pastor at Temple until stepping down in 2009.  He was called as Samaria's fulltime pastor in July, 2009.
Dr. Johnson has served various religious organizations in many different capacities including writing, consulting, and teaching.  In his spare time, he enjoys painting, golf, and working in his garage and yard.  He and Lynn are excited about serving the Lord at Samaria Baptist Church. 

Judith Wilburn
Assoc Music Director
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Judy was born and raised in Raleigh, and has been an organist in several area churches for 50 years. She has been the organist at Samaria Baptist Church since 1990. As a piano student for nine years, she was graded each year by the National Guild of Piano Teachers. As an organ student at Peace College, she accompanied the choir and played in the churches when they performed. As a student, she also substituted for vacationing organists around town. She was also graded by the American Guild of Organists. Judy is an organist and vocalist on call at the local funeral homes in Raleigh.
Sophia Phelps
Administrative Assistant
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Sophia grew up in rural Duplin County where she was baptized at the age of 7. She has been involved in many "Baptist Activities" throughout her life.
Sophia earned  a BA degree in English from UNC-W.  She has worked as a social worker in Duplin County, an adoptiion social worker in Greensboro, an office manager in Wilmington, and  various other positions with non-profit organizations.  
Sophia is married to Ken Phelps, an architect with the NC Dept. of Public Instruction, and they have one daughter, Sarah.  Sarah is the choral music director at West Johnston High School.
Sophia enjoys talking (which everyone teases her about), meeting new people, reading, smocking, sewing, and playing with their two maltese dogs, Mozart and Bogart.
Lead Team

Brantley Peoples, Fellowship
Joyce Wilson, Missions
Laura Pendergraft , Evangelism
Sally Perdue, Administration
Theresa Pulley, Worship
Eddie Pollard, Education
Lynn Johnson, Youth and Children
Jim Burchette, Moderator
Sally Perdue, Vice Moderator
Winnie Peoples, Church Clerk


Board of Directors

Stan Whorley, Chairman
Theresa Pulley, Vice Chairman
Jim Burchette, Secretary/Treasurer
Linwood Smith, Member
Jackie Price, Member


Tommy Moore, Chairman
Eddie Pollard
Linwood Smith
Stan Whorley
Roy Roper
Jenny Kirby
Theresa Pulley