Pastor’s Message


Jesus Christ commands us to faithfully share the Gospel (good news) with other people. This good news assures us that by “faith” in Jesus Christ–God’s only Son–we have the promise of Heaven eternal life. (Romans 10:9)

If you have never officially committed your life to Jesus Christ, I invite you to worship with us and attend our Bible classes. I trust God to give you the answers that you are seeking. We would love to baptize you into God’s family when you are ready to make that decision. If you are already a baptized believer in Christ Jesus who is seeking a local church home, I invite you to consider joining our fellowship.

We welcome singles, couples, and families of all ages and races into our church family. You will be blessed and become a great blessing to others.
Yours in Christ,

Cureton L. Johnson, Senior Pastor


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.