We strive, as much as possible, to adhere to and pattern ourselves after the early New Testament church as revealed in Acts 6:3-13 and 15:22. We are an indigenous, self-governing body. Our congregation is guided and served by pastors and deacons and we manage our own affairs without influence or interference from any other body or church organization.
The story of how I came to know Jesus begins with providentially being born into a family that would be positively impacted by the Gospel. My mother was a Christ-follower from her pre-teen years. My father prayed to receive Christ on Easter Sunday 1969. I was four at the time and was consequently raised in church and we were there every time the doors were open. This obviously greatly impacted my life.
I was exposed to Bible stories on a weekly, if not daily basis. When I was six years old I heard a sermon on hell. It scared me considerably but I could not walk the aisle due to my fear. My parents took me to visit with the Pastor immediately at the close of the service. I remember sitting on his lap answering all the questions he asked of me as my parents looked on. I got all the answers correct, prayed a simple sinner's prayer and followed in baptism. For the next 13 years, whenever I would come under conviction by the Holy Spirit, I would remind myself (and the LORD) of this meeting in the Pastor's office. Also, I would re-dedicate my life (generally as a young teen during summer camp) and then within a matter of weeks would be right back where I started: defeated and empty. The summer of 1984 was a pivotal time in my life. My home church participated in a Bailey Smith Crusade at one of the football stadiums in Tulsa, OK. He preached his famous wheat and tares sermon and I went home that night wrestling with the LORD. I prayed off and on the entire sleepless night and was under greater conviction than I ever had been in my life. I sensed the Holy Spirit telling me that my faith had been placed in the meeting in the Pastor's office and not in any relationship with Christ. So, the following morning, I repented of my sins the best I knew how, and asked the LORD to forgive me and to save me. I have never had any other doubts concerning my relationship with Christ. I surrendered to the ministry within a year. In 1987, I met Pamela Harrison. She and I were both Youth Interns at First Baptist Church in Tulsa, OK. She finished her last year of college the next year and then moved to Tulsa. We were married in June of 1989. Then, to better prepare for ministry, I returned to college. In order to be as faithful to the call God placed on my life as possible, I have earned a B.R.S. at Hannibal-LaGrange College and an M.A. at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, focusing on the area of Christian Education. These academic accomplishments have prepared me to live out my calling to serve God's people by equipping them and their leaders to be on mission with Him. In May of 2006 our daughter Victoria Belle was born in Tulsa, OK and we adopted her at birth. She is now 16 years old and is a junior at Northeastern High School here in Elizabeth City. Pamela is a stay-at-home mom and she homeschooled Victoria until we enrolled her in public school in January of 2020.
Kristina has the joy and privilege of overseeing the Children, Youth and Education ministries at Corinth Baptist Church. Kristina graduated with a Bachelor's in Science in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently pursuing a master's in Christian Marital, Family and Individual Counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
She loves and lives by Jesus' words in Luke 10:27, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.' We are to love God with every part of our being and love those around us with the love of Christ. Kristina loves teaching and sharing about the love, grace, and mercy Jesus has freely given to us through salvation and the hope found in Christ alone.
We also have Sunday School at 10:00 AM and hold an Evening Bible Study on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM
At Corinth, you'll be welcomed into a friendly, casual environment by people who are excited to see you. We want you to have an idea of what to expect when you arrive at Corinth. All you have to do from here is come as you are and find out more for yourself!
At a Sunday service, you can expect: To be greeted warmly as you enter. Each service to last between 60-75 minutes.
Thought-provoking and engaging messages based on the Bible. Worship music blending traditional and contemporary.
Fun teaching for your kids. A welcoming environment/atmosphere.