Congratulations to Eddy Bunton and his wife Yvonne on 25 years of faithful service to Burkemont Baptist. Eddy not only serves Burkemont but ministers faithfully throughout the Catawba River Baptist Association. He has a servant’s heart and wants to see spiritual darkness eradicated in Burke County. Thank you both for your faithful service.

Buntons 25 years 1
Buntons 25 years 2

CRBA Skating

This past Sunday afternoon, we had a wonderful time at our community skating event in Morganton. With over 450 people in attendance, we saw families having fun, falling, eating and laughing, and again………….falling. We also had pastor Greg Klapp from Burkemont share God’s plan of Salvation with all who attended. May God bless these efforts to bring our community closer to Jesus. Thank you, CRBA Men’s Ministry Team, for sponsoring this fantastic family event.

BurkeChangers 2022


The CRBA would like to extend our gratitude to the following churches who have given monetarily for the first quarter of 2022.

Thank You

Saturate BURKE 2022

If your church would be willing to adopt a section of Burke County to distribute these packets door to door (not door-knocking, just putting the bag on the door handle), please call our CRBA office. We have 4 maps remaining and especially need help in the eastern part of our county (Valdese and Eastward). All materials are free of charge and are customizable. The goal is to have everything distributed by Easter this year. However, if you cannot help until after Easter, that will work. Please stop by or call our office for more information and pick up the supplies.

Cakes for 2

On May 2nd, we hope to deliver 300-500 cakes to our Baptist Children’s Homes in NC, and we need your help. Please consider baking a cake (or Cakes) for the wonderful children being taken care of at our Baptist Children’s Homes. Once you bake the cake(s), please place them in one of the cake boxes we provide at our office and deliver it to our CRBA office between 7 and 10 a.m. on May 2nd. We will take all the gathered cakes to Clyde and other designated locations where they will be used for dessert after meals. And, on a child’s birthday, the child will choose which cake they want for their birthday celebration. This is an excellent opportunity for our churches and individuals to significantly impact these wonderful children and the staff at our Children’s Homes. For more information and to pick up free cake boxes please stop by our CRBA office.

food roundup

April is dedicated to the North Carolina Baptist Children’s Homes. Please pray about donating a grocery store gift card for these homes. We are encouraging every church in our Association to donate at least $100 via these gift cards. Donations in any amount can be turned in at the Associational Office (1812 US 70 E, Morganton, NC 28655) through April 28th.

Questions? Call (828) 437-0137

Kumberton Mission Trip 2022

Pastors and Ministry Assistants Luncheon


Catawba River Baptist Association

Catawba River Baptist Association

Our Ladies Ministry is working to bless families during our upcoming BurkeChangers event this summer by collecting items to be included in a hygiene ministry bag. These bags will be distributed to families in Burke County at the 5 Block Parties conducted by our students. We need your help. Consider collecting the below items over the next few months and bring them to our CRBA office by April 25th.

Items to be collected include:

  • Bars of Soap
  • Washcloths
  • Combs or Brushes
  • Shampoo and Conditioner (travel size)
  • Hand Sanitizer or Wet Wipes (travel size)
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste (travel size)
  • Dental Floss

This is a great “Easy Button” mission project for any size church. Please let us know if you will be helping us with this ministry or if you have any questions.

Cincinnati (1)

We are looking forward to our Mission Trip to Cincinnati from August 4-7. Ministries will include two block parties, prayer walking, participating in worship services Saturday evening, and handing out flyers. The approximate cost is $240 per person. Lodging will be at a local hotel and is based on double occupancy.

To register and for more information, please call our CRBA office at 828-437-0137.

Kenya Mission Trip 2022

We are excited to share we are taking a mission team to Kenya this November. The cost is approximately $2,200 (depending on the cost of travel). Pray to see if God would have you be on mission with our team in Kenya. For more information, please call our CRBA office at 828-437-0137.

Church News

Amherst Baptist is seeking a Full-time Pastor. Please send resumes to     
Antioch Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.

Icard’s Grove Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.

Mull’s Grove Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Music Minister. Please send resumes and questions to   

Mull’s Grove also has a lot of Sunday School Leader Guides for anyone/any church who may be in need of that material. Please contact the church at (828) 437-3379.

Pleasant Hill Baptist is seeking a part-time Worship Pastor/Leader.
Pleasant Hill Baptist Church is also seeking a part-time administrative office assistant. Email resumes to 
or mail to: 2396 Enola Rd., Morganton, NC 28655

Southside is seeking a Church Secretary. All questions and resumes should be sent to

Wilkies Grove is seeking an:
Associate Pastor or Associate Pastor/Minister of Youth & Children             FULL-TIME POSITION
Located in eastern Burke County, Wilkies Grove Baptist Church is seeking a full-time Associate Pastor or AP / Minister of Youth & Children who understands and demonstrates the work of the church and is faithful to the conservative values of the Southern Baptist Convention. The church is in a rural setting, south of I-40, between Hickory and Morganton. Wilkies Grove averages an attendance of 240 and is a member of the Catawba River Association. Additional staff includes senior pastor, youth leader, minister of music, and secretary/treasurer.
Job Descriptions are available at

  • Saved by the Grace of God through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior.
  • A Southern Baptist who agrees with and ascribes to the literal validity and application of the Holy Bible.
  • Believes the Holy Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God.
  • Licensed and ordained as a minister of the Gospel by a conservative Southern Baptist Church.
  • A minimum of (3) years of experience in a church leadership role is preferred.


  • Proclaim the Gospel as the literal Word of God to the church and assist the church in proclaiming the Gospel to the community.
  • Partner with the senior pastor and Deacon Board in the governance of the church.
  • Support the church with attendance and tithes.
  • Provide assistance to the senior pastor in any area of work, as requested or assigned.
  • Assist in worship services as needed and at the discretion of the senior pastor.
  • Serve on church committees and support church-wide initiatives.
  • Conduct funeral services and wedding ceremonies as requested.

SALARY:  Salary commensurate with experience.
Mr. Chris Bortnick
WGBC Pastor Church Committee, Chair
PHONE:         828.413.0060
MAIL:            Mr. Chris Bortnick
                       5780 Wilkies Grove Church Road
                       Hickory, NC  28602


Easter (1)

'94 Ford Van for SALE

The Deaf Church at FBC Morganton is selling a

1994 Ford Club Wagon Van

5.0-liter engine
Runs good
84,472 miles
New battery
Trailer hitch
Radio DOES NOT work
Side slide-out steps
Asking $3000.00

Please contact Tom Lineberger at (828) 413-0216 for more information.

Partner News

Dudley Shoals Baptist Church in Granite Falls, NC, is prayerfully seeking a full-time Senior Pastor. Resumes may be mailed to Post Office Box 674 Granite Falls, NC 28630 or emailed to by May 9th. More information can be found at


Stantonsburg FBC is seeking a pastor and is located 50 miles east of Raleigh. If interested, please send resumes to:
SFBC Pastor Search Team
PO Box 356
Stantonsburg, NC   27883

FBC Hildebrand is seeking a Pianist, Organist & Part-time Music Director for our church. This is a paid position. This will require you to be here for Sunday & Wednesday services and any special services; revival, cantata, dramas, etc. Please submit your resume to the church office by mail at PO Box 220, Hildebran NC 28637 or you can email your resume to Kendra Arrowood
First Baptist Hildebran is also prayerfully seeking a full-time pastor. First Baptist Hildebran is in the Foothills of North Carolina in the town of Hildebran. Our church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and the Catawba Valley Baptist Association. We are seeking a Pastor who adheres to the Baptist faith and has a Master of Divinity degree (or equivalent) or is pursuing a degree with a conservative evangelical faith. To learn more about our church and see a complete list of qualifications, please visit

Resumes may be sent to:
First Baptist Hildebran
Senior Pastor Search Committee
PO Box 220
Hildebran, NC 28637 or

Glenwood Baptist Church is seeking a man of God to be our full-time pastor.  If interested, please submit your resume to:

Glenwood Baptist Church
Attn: Pastor Search Committee
PO Box 218
Glenwood, NC 28737

Or online at

Poovey’s Grove Baptist Church is seeking a full-time senior pastor. For more information, please contact Classie Whisenant at (828) 381-2500 or

First Baptist Church of Lincolnton, NC: 
Wanted: Part-time Facilities Manager who has demonstrated maintenance experience.  Please send resumes to First Baptist Church, Attn: Dr. Stanley Spence, 201 Robin Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092, or email

 Easter Sunrise 2022