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Who Are We?

Grove Park Christian Church was birthed out of the St. Peter Church of Christ, April 1963, under the leadership of Elder C. W. Sutton. We fellowshipped at 100 S. Bynum Blvd. until the flood of 1999. We relocated to the present site as a result of the flood. Our present edifice was erected by volunteers from all over the United States and Canada in 2005. We are Grove Park Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a congregational governing body of believers. Our worship services are held every 1st through 4th Sunday at 10:00 AM (no service on 5th Sundays). Come worship with us to the glory of God!

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What Do We Believe?

We Believe that those in Christ are pardoned, justified, sanctified, and adopted into the family of God and are saved.

* Pardoned wherein we were guilty

* Justified wherein we were condemned

* Sanctified wherein we were unholy

* Saved wherein we were lost

We believe that sin condemns, pollutes, alienates, and destroys, while grace justifies, sanctifies, adopts and saves.

As members of the Christian Church, we believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the Living God, and proclaim Him Lord and Savior of the world.

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Our Shepherd

Pastor's Bio

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Pastor Jimmy R. Lewis gave his life to Christ at the young age of seven while attending Church and Sunday School with his grandfather, who was a dedicated deacon of a local congregation. Through the prayers of his parents and grandparents, Jimmy later rededicated and fully committed his life to God in 1980.

In 1990, Jimmy was ordained as a deacon at St. James Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) under the leadership of Rev. Dr. William H. Yelverton, Pastor and Founder. In addition to serving on the deacon’s ministry, he also served in other capacities to include, youth Sunday School teacher, finance clerk, Christian Men’s Fellowship (VP), Male Chorus president, praise & worship leader.

Jimmy completed Lay Academy studies at Barton College in 2004 and attended the annual refresher classes that were offered and recommended by the Christian Church in North Carolina. In 2005, he enrolled in the University of Mount Olive and obtained his Associate degree in 2007. In June of 2011, he preached his initial sermon at St. James Church of Christ – “Trust and Obey” (Proverbs 3:5-6). Jimmy served as an associate minister at St. James from June 2011 to October 2013 under the leadership of Rev. Mark A. (Tony) Sutton, Senior Pastor.

While still serving as an associate minister at St. James in Fremont NC, Jimmy was presented with several opportunities to minister at Grove Park Christian Church in Kinston NC by Rev. J.O. Williams and the congregation. Jimmy graciously accepted the invitations and later, after Rev. Williams retired, was called to serve as pastor of Grove Park with his first service occurring on Sunday, November 3, 2013. He was officially installed as Pastor on Sunday, February 16 at 4 p.m.

Pastor Lewis’ journey to ordination included continuing religious studies in the prescribed ordination track of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ, through classes offered at Barton College in Wilson NC. Jimmy completed those studies in January of 2017 and was ordained for ministry in the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in the United States and Canada on Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Pastor Jimmy spends time diligently reading the Word of God to prepare messages for the body of Christ. He preaches each Sunday, leads Wednesday night bible study and has been active in the Christian Men Fellowship (CMF). Pastor Lewis is also an active member of the Hookerton District congregation of Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) in NC as well as the Hookerton District Ministers fellowship.

Pastor Lewis and wife Brenda were married in January of 1982 and currently reside in Goldsboro NC. They are blessed with two wonderful daughters, Jennelle and Jalisa. Additionally, he has one sister, Edna Reid, and two brothers, Steve and Greg Lewis. He is a devoted family man whose life is dedicated to living out his faith in God by example and by encouraging men and women to live up to their full potential in Christ. Proverbs 3:5-6 is the message he constantly offers anyone who is seeking a word from the Lord!