Our Mission Statement
As a congregation, we believe we are called to become, and to help other members become, mature disciples of Jesus Christ. We believe that maturity in Christ calls us to a high level of commitment and motivation. We believe that mature disciples of Jesus Christ will be active in worship, prayer, Bible reading, tithing, and missions. Mature disciples will use their spiritual gifts and talents for the Kingdom of God, will live a life full of thanksgiving and joy, and will exhibit the fruit of the Spirit. Mature disciples will possess an open and forgiving spirit, and are to strive for excellence in their own spiritual lives, and in the congregation as a whole.
We therefore commit ourselves to becoming mature disciples, and to investing in others so that they may become mature disciples of Jesus Christ.
Rev. Bobby Richardson
Pastor Bobby, and his wife Carolyn, are natives of Johnston County. He graduated from Vaiden Whitley High School; N.C. State University with a BA in Sociology; Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a MDiv. Pastor Bobby has served as pastor in North Carolina, Virginia and Florida. He also served nine years as Director of Missions for Seminole Baptist Association, Florida. Pastor Bobby has served four churches as Interim Pastor. Missions are very important to him and he has had opportunity to participate in missions in six countries as well as assisted with Disaster Relief in numerous locations. Pastor Bobby and his wife have three adult children and two granddaughters.
A native of Raleigh, Laura and her family have been long time members of Samaria Baptist Church. After serving over 19 years at BellSouth in the communication field, Laura joins our office and feels that this role is a continuation of her ministry to our congregation. She has one son and daughter in law, Holly and adores her "rescued "Lilly." The offices are blessed to have her oversee the daily administrative aspects of our office.
Samaria Baptist Church was founded in Raleigh in 1878. The first church building was constructed in 1878 and was named "Samaria", which according to the dictionary means "a watch tower". To the people of Samaria, it was a light on a hill. The church was a log structure converted into a four-room house and was later used as a home by the church janitor. The church was received into the fellowship of the Raleigh Baptist Association in 1878. The second building was erected in 1880 and the first pump organ was purchased in 1882. The third building was dedicated December 7, 1930. Cobblestones that were once used to pave the streets of Raleigh were used in the building of the church.
Continual growth warranted an educational building, which was completed in 1958. The church has made many other renovations through the years, including renovating the fellowship hall and dedicating the baptistry. In 1998, our congregation completed a renovation of our educational facilities. Our congregation is currently involved in many ministries, both local and global, and is seeking God's guidance for our future. We believe that the same God who has lead us in the past continues to lead us into tomorrow. With continuing dependence on the wisdom of the Spirit, connection with our Baptist heritage, and recognition of the power of our story, we embrace the future that God has in store for us.