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Building a Vibrant Community

Our History | Our Pastor | Our First Lady

Our History | 

When a door is closed, God opens a window. So goes the story of the beginning of Faith Missionary Baptist Church of Selma. The windows of heaven opened on Saturday, April 2, 2016 for the birth of this church under the leadership of Pastor and Founder, Dr. Oliver Johnson. The first service was held at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott at 809 Venture Drive in Smithfield, NC, on Sunday, April 10, 2016 beginning with Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. followed by the Morning Worship Service at 11:00 a.m. 


Those attending the first service on April 2, 2016 were:

Pastor Oliver Johnson, Lina Johnson, Yvette Dunston, Lula McClain, Deacon Lena McClain, Lois McClain, Carolyn Partridge, Geraldine Bryant, Valerie Hinton Richardson, Nicole Bryant, Jalin Bryant, Nia Hinton, Chris Nelson, Sr., Chris Nelson, Jr., Shani Nelson, Robert White, Oliver Johnson III, and Walter Henry, Jr


Faith Missionary became affiliated with the Johnston District Missionary Baptist Association at the District’s Unity Day meeting held on Saturday, May 28, 2017. After the District’s secretary read a letter of consideration presented to the association by our Pastor, Moderator J. K. Herder followed the procedure for accepting the letter, and then led the association into extending the Right Hand of Fellowship to the new church’s members.


Through prayers and the grace of God, the Holy Spirit led us to a new church home. 

In November 2018, we purchased the 100 year-old Selma Presbyterian Church building.  We moved to our new church home on Sunday, February 3, 2019. 


We are exceedingly proud of the church’s historic features.  To be a part of the Selma community is a blessing. The church is now listed by North Carolina Secretary of State as Faith Missionary Baptist Church of Selma. Major renovations and additions continue to be a part of our birth pains.

“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.” - Psalm 127:1 NIV

our pastor:
Dr Oliver Johnson, Ph.D.

Faith MBC of Selma, Pastor

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Our Pastor | 

Faith and Education are the guiding lights that illuminate the ministry of Rev. Dr. Oliver C. Johnson Jr.  As the Pastor and Founder of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Selma, NC, Dr. Johnson’s commitment to the Kingdom of God is evidenced in his loyal and dedicated service to his beloved community. 


Dr. Johnson is Chair of the Town of Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission, President of the Johnston County Retired School Personnel, Vice President of the Johnston County Community Foundation, Member of the Historic Smithfield Foundation, and Member of the Johnston Community College Board of Trustees. He is a 50-year Member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. 


Dr. Johnson holds a Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; a Master’s in School Administration and a Master’s in School Counseling from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC; a Master of Theology from Evangel Christian University in Monroe, LA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.  


The Pastor and First Lady have four children: Yvette, Maria, Shani, and Oliver III, (Son Gary is deceased); three grandchildren: Brent, Skye, and Christopher; two great grandchildren: Troy and Nyla.

our First Lady:
Sister Lina Johnson 

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Our First Lady | 

The First Lady of Faith Missionary Baptist Church has been blessed to be able to embrace God’s magnificent power as she works alongside her husband, Pastor Oliver Johnson. She enjoys singing in the choir and serving as editor of the church newsletter where she records the history, the present, and future events of the church. Her aim is to continue extending a helping hand to those in need.


She is a native of Johnston County and a graduate of the former Johnston County Training School. She received a B.S Degree in Elementary Education from Fayetteville State University and a Master’s in Administration and Supervision from North Carolina State University. She is a retiree from the Johnston County School District with 36 years of service. Her experiences in the district ranged from classroom teacher for 24 years, to school administration as an assistant principal for 4 years, Director of Human Resources (Grades 4-8) for 3 years, to Director of Recruitment for 5 years.      


Sister Johnson’s numerous experiences have been vital in helping to prepare her to serve in many professional, civic, and other leadership positions. Over the years, she has received many awards and accolades.  Sister Johnson is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of Directors, Johnston County Industries, Treasurer, Johnston County Retired School Personnel, Past President, National Association of university Women - Smithfield Branch, Former Secretary, Johnston County Board of Elections, and 50-year Member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

The First Lady and Pastor have four children: Yvette, Maria, Shani, and Oliver III, (Son Gary is deceased); three grandchildren: Brent, Skye, and Christopher; two great grandchildren: Troy and Nyla.