Our History

ChurchSketch
 
In 1872, a group of Christians from several area churches: New Bethel-Rolesville and Wakefield Baptist among others, met under a grape harbor to discuss the founding of a church in this community. That church became Riley Hill Baptist.
 
Among these early pioneers were: Reverend JJ. Words, Reverend George Perry, Gabriel Montague, Willis High, Wash High, Henry High, Tom Ellis, Gaston Hodge, Henry Hopkins, Dorsey Perry, Sr., Fegan Perry, John Tyler, Church1Byse Robertson, Jeff Jones, S r., Andrew Young, Sr., Ruffin Ferrell and Wesley Jones.
 
With the appointment of the Reverend George Harris as pastor, and the building of a wooden church structure, Riley Hill Baptist Church became the new focal point for the community. Reverend Harris was succeeded by Reverend Harmon Pair. As pastor, for over fifty years; RHBC-1955his many accomplishments included the construction of a new church facility as well as the establishment of both the Hope and Sunshine Clubs.
 
In 1922, 19-year old Shaw University student ,George Signal Stokes was chosen to become the next pastor of Riley Hill Baptist. Church. Reverend Stokes went on to complete his education in the field of theology and to serve as pastor until his death in November of 1972. Under his leadership, the church participated in numerous organizational and administrative changes that assisted in bringing about continuity in the church's mode of operation. Church2In 1974, Reverend William Grover Horton took up the mantle and served until his retirement in 1987.
 
On June 11, 1988, Reverend Dr. Alfonza W. Fullwood, a native of Southport, NC, accepted the call to pastor Riley Hill Baptist Church. A graduate of Shaw University's Bachelors and Master of Divinity School programs. Reverend Fullwood earned his Doctor of Divinity Degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is Scan_20150212 (4)currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Homiletics.
 
The appointment of Reverend Fullwood as pastor, signaled the beginning of a new focus and church orientation for Riley Hill. The attendance for both Sunday school and regular worship services increased dramatically. The importance of each member accepting personal responsibility for the duties of the church, as well as the critical inclusion of education in the life of the Scan_20150212 (3)church became part of the foundation of that new focus.
 
With the continued increase in attendance and expansion of church services, the need for additional space became necessary. Plans were made and completed for the construction of both an education building addition and fellowship hall. The construction of these facilities allowed the church to move closer to achieving its primary mission of ministering to the “whole” person. Subsequently,the acquisition of the Riley Hill Life Center is Scan_20150212 (2)

now providing space for many community outreach programs. 

 
Riley Hill Baptist Church has been blessed with great spirit-filled shepherds that love the Lord with all their heart, mind and soul. Being the visionary that he is, Dr.Fullwood saw the need to further expand the facilities to accommodate the continued growth of the membership and the additional ministries he envisioned for the future of the church. new church 052His study of the community supported by church officers and membership resulted in the ground breaking for the new sanctuary in April of 2009. By the Grace of God, the first worship service was held in the new sanctuary on the third Sunday in October, 2010.
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To that end, Riley Hill Baptist Church is committed to reaching out to the “the whosoever's” of our community with a message of love and acceptance.
 
Picture 017Moreover, Riley Hill, seeks to provide a ministry that offers a non-judgmental and non-critical message of compassionate love without compromising the Word of God.