Pastor’s Message


Reverend Fredrick D. Culbreth is a native of Twin City, Ga. He is the son of Rev. Isaac, Jr. and the late Mrs. Christine Culbreth. Reverend Culbreth accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in 1978 and was baptized at Durden Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Twin City, Georgia, under the leadership of Pastor David Reese.

Rev. Culbreth was licensed and ordained to preach the Gospel from Lewis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina under the direction and guidance of his father in ministry, Pastor Dr. John D. Fuller, Sr.

He currently resides in Fayetteville, North Carolina and is married to the beautiful Tracie S. Culbreth. They are the proud parents of two adult children, Meighan S. Bryant (Donovan), and Morghan E. Culbreth and one teenage daughter, Madison C. Culbreth. They also have one darling granddaughter, Jordan R. Bryant.

Pastor Culbreth received his elementary education through high school in the Emanuel County, Georgia public school system graduating from Emanuel County Institute. Following high school graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Serving in the U.S. Army as a Senior Enlisted Soldier, Pastor Culbreth made the decision to enter the Warrant Officer Corps. He retired from the military in 2012 as a Senior Warrant Officer after 21 years and 9 months of honorable service to his country.
During his military service, Rev Culbreth continued his formal education graduating from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree. He is also a graduate of Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, North Carolina where he received a Masters of Divinity degree. Pastor Culbreth is currently pursuing the Doctorate of Ministry Degree at Hood Theological Seminary Salisbury, North Carolina.

Prior to his arrival at First Baptist Church in April 2019, Pastor Culbreth served as Pastor of Second New Light Missionary Baptist Church, St. Pauls, North Carolina for six and a half years. In addition to his pastoral duties, Rev. Culbreth serves as President of the Pastors and Ministers Conference of Union Missionary Baptist Association. He is also a 2019 recipient of the Rhythm of Gospel Pastors of Excellence Award


The Reverend Doctor Cureton L. Johnson is the pastor of The First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is the son and grandson of Baptist ministers. He was called into the Gospel ministry in 1976 and ordained in 1978.

Dr. Johnson worked as the Outreach Director of the national Christian anti-hunger lobby, Bread for the World and traveled to Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Rome, Italy. He was editor of The Baptist Informer, the official organ of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Incorporated. He has also worked on the news staffs of The Raleigh Times and The Carolinian newspapers and traveled to Guyana, South America on behalf of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Missions Convention.

Dr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received master’s degrees from The American University and The Shaw Divinity School (Master of Divinity) and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. He also has served on the public relations staffs at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro and Howard University in Washington.

Before coming to First Baptist Church in 1991, Dr. Johnson served as an associate minister at Martin Street Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C. and at the Florida Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. He has also pastored the New Red Mt. Baptist Church in Rougemont, N.C. and The Baptist Grove Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C.

The Reverend Doctor Johnson is the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Paul H. Johnson of Raleigh, N.C. He is married to the former Lena A. Goode of Durham, N.C. They have two sons, Paul and Cureton and one grandson, Jayden Cureton and one granddaughter, Jaelynn.