Coats for the City Dates

We are excited to announce we will be partnering with our State Convention this year collecting coats for those in need in New York City. As you know, scripture tells us to be witnesses in our communities, state, nation, and world. Therefore, part of our Acts 1:8 strategy this year will focus on New York, and we need your help. If you have new or “gently used” coats (heavy or light) that you wish to “send on mission” please bring them by our CRBA office or bring them to our CRBA Fall Meeting and Celebration on October 17th and drop them off at a designated location in the parking lot of Burkemont Baptist from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. prior to our Worship Celebration which will begin at 6 p.m. This is a great way to be involved in missions!

west virginia mission trip


DEADLINE APPROACHING!!!! We are excited about this year’s mission trip to Fayetteville, West Virginia (July 10-16) and I hope many of you are planning to join us. Remember, the deadline to sign up is Tuesday, June 1st at noon. We hope you and your church will join us on this exciting adventure. The cost of the trip is $185 which includes transportation, lodging, and food while in West Virginia.

Dates to remember:

  • Deadline for returning the deposit and forms notarized – June 1, 2021 (noon)
  • Training Meeting – June 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the Catawba River Baptist Association office
  • Trip Dates – July 10-16, 2021 leaving Saturday afternoon on the 10th

For more information and to register, please go to and click on West Virginia Mission Trip Info. and Registration Forms.

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We are very excited to have over 120 people from our CRBA churches participating in BURKECHANGERS teams this year June 6-9th. This will be an exciting week and I hope your church is represented in that number. Please be in prayer for this CRBA ministry as students and adults make an impact on our communities in Burke County. 
Also, we will have 4 Block Parties during the week of Burke Changers. Please be praying for these and the host churches:
1. Walker Road on Campus
2. Mount Home on Campus
3. East Valdese at Lydia Ave.
4. Burkemont at Fisher Park

Mission Trip to Kenya

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We continue to be excited for our upcoming mission trip to Kenya, October 26 thru November 5th.   We currently have 9 people committed to go but have room for as many as 5 more. The cost is estimated from $2,200 to $2,500 depending on travel. This year we will be hosting a pastor training event and will also construct 4 houses for widows. This is going to be an awesome trip; so, if interested reserve your spot today.

The deadline to register and to turn in a non-refundable
deposit of $300 is Thursday, June 24th.

To reserve your spot, go to  (You may have to place your cursor over the link, and hold down your Control button while left-clicking to get it to open). You can also find your project by going to Mission Projects/Outside US/Kenya from any page on the website or by scanning the QR code above. Scroll to the bottom of the Kenya Partnership Page and then find and click on your project (the Details/Register button). Note that the site only displays ten projects at a time, so you may need to hit the “next” button at the bottom of the page to scroll over and find your project. Once on your project page, it should ask you to sign in or create an account.


IF YOU ARE A NEW USER simply create a new account. The e-mail/username has to be unique (i.e. – husband and wife cannot share the same e-mail). If you have been sharing an e-mail with your spouse, you will need to create a unique one for one or the other of you. Once you have created your new account, go back to the homepage and find your project by clicking (Mission Projects/Outside US/Kenya). Projects are listed at the bottom of the Kenya Partnership page. 


IF YOU ALREADY HAVE AN ACCOUNT go ahead and sign in. Remember that….Usernames are based on e-mails. If you have forgotten your username, we can look that up for you if you contact our office. If you cannot remember your password you can reset it. After doing so, you should receive an e-mail with a new password to put in. Once logged in you can change it to whatever you would like your password to be. Once you sign in, it should keep you on your project page and you can continue with registration as a team member. But if not, go back to the homepage and find your project by clicking (Mission Projects/Outside US/Kenya). Projects are listed at the bottom of the Kenya Partnership page. 



1.      Click “1” at the bottom of your project page where it asks you to “Choose Quantity”. Then click the “Continue” button. It should take you to a second page.

2.      The second page should ask you to put in your “team name”, which is: CRBA (case sensitive). Click “Continue”. 

3.      The third page should present your account information (general, passport, etc.) for verification. If anything on your account is unfinished, it may require you to complete it. Once you have, click the “Register” button.

4.      You will be taken to a “Thank You” page. On this page is a link to our background check requirement. You can go ahead and click this button and submit the needed information for your background check at this time if you wish.  (You will also receive an e-mail with the same information you see on the “Thank You” page.)

If you are unable to travel to Kenya but wish to participate,
consider helping us with one of two projects:

  • We will be building four houses/house churches, and each will cost $1,600. You can donate enough for the house ($400) or you can buy a wall ($100). These houses are for widows in villages that will also be used as houses of hope/church plants).
  • Pastor’s Conference –We will be hosting (and leading) pastor training in Kisumu, Kenya which will cost up to $2,000 for supplies and food for the Kenyan pastors who will be trained.
  • Buy a suit for one of 21 pastors @ $40 each
  • Buy a bicycle for a pastor @ $100 each

VBS coming soon 2021

Summer is quickly approaching and the Catawba River Baptist Association is excited to support our churches through the VBS season. We would like each of our churches to e-mail ( the dates, time, and title of their VBS series so we can help you promote your church’s event. This is an awesome opportunity to get your church’s information out to the community so that we can reach more people for Christ.

If you have any questions, please call (828) 437-0137.

This Summer’s VBS Schedules

Zion VBS 2021 3
VBS Treasured 2021 4
High Peak VBS 2021 2

Church News

Amherst Baptist is seeking a Pastor.

Antioch Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.

Catawba Valley is seeking a Pastor.

Community Missionary is seeking a Pastor.

El Bethel Baptist Church in Morganton is seeking a full-time Associate Pastor/Worship Leader to join their ministerial staff. Please send resumes and questions to

Missionary Ridge is looking for a full time Youth Minister. Please send resumes or direct questions to

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

Pleasant Hill Baptist is seeking a full-time Children’s and Youth Ministry Pastor as well as a part-time Worship Pastor/Leader.

Rutherford College First Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.

Southside is seeking a Church Secretary who is familiar with bookkeeping, quarterly tax filing, and W-2’s. They are also seeking a pianist. All questions and resumes should be sent to

Wilkies Grove is seeking a full-time Associate Pastor. Please send resumes and questions to:

Mr. Chris Bortnick
(WGBC Pastor Church Committee, Chair)
5780 Wilkies Grove Church Rd.
Hickory, NC 28602

Partner News

FBC Hildebran:
We are seeking a Pianist 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’s, Drama’s etc. 
We are seeking a 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’s, Drama’s and working with a choir, etc. 

We are seeking a Senior Pastor.

All resumes for these positions can be sent to:
Kendra B. Arrowood
Administrative Assistant
First Baptist Church Hildebran
PO Box 220
Hildebran NC 28637

Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Mount Airy, NC is seeking to serve with a pastor who is faithful to God’s leadership and sensitive to His discernment. A servant leader that will display enthusiasm and encouragement and has the ability to effectively lead, motivate and strengthen the body of Christ.

To find out more about our congregation, please visit our website at send resumes to the Pastor Search Committee:  

NC Baptist Minister’s Wives Retreat:

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