Our mission is to lovingly advance the Kingdom of God, and we understand the importance of using the right tools. We use four simple tools to fulfill our mission: Reconciling, Teaching, Empowering, and Deliverance. That’s what Jesus did, and that’s what we do.
On behalf of Pastor Willie J. Hunter, Jr. and First Lady Shauna Cobb-Hunter, we cordially invite you to experience the ministry of St. Mary’s Free Will Baptist Church. Come feel the presence of God, and discover what you’ve been looking for. We are a church you’ll be proud to call
St. Mary’s is a growing church in a growing community. Conveniently located in the heart of southern Wake County, St. Mary’s is a short travel from Cary, Durham, and Raleigh. We care about the families in our community, for the family unit is the core of the church. Therefore, we offer an exciting children’s ministry, so everyone can enjoy the Lord!
We are a church that puts Jesus first. We aim to glorify Jesus through every worship and teaching experience. Join us as we create an atmosphere where Jesus will feel comfortable.
Reconciling. Teaching. Empowering. Deliverance.
Pastor Willie J Hunter, Jr.
Pastor Willie J Hunter Jr. serves as our senior pastor. He is originally from Columbia, SC. He started serving God at a very young age under the leadership of his Father. He was ordained as an Elder in the Original Free Will Baptist Denomination in 2000. He first served as our Youth Pastor and has now been serving as our Senior Pastor for a little over 15 years. He attended Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, where he studied History and Religion. He is married to First Lady Shauna Hunter, and they have three very gifted children two boys Noah, Caleb and one beautiful daughter Leah.
Elder Reginald Hinton, Jr.
Reginald Hinton Jr. is a beneficiary of the grace of God. The Holy Spirit pricked his heart, and he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior when he was 10 years old. God chose and equipped him to preach and teach, and He launched his public ministry on October 30, 2006. He was ordained as an Elder in the Original Free Will Baptist Denomination in 2013. He is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees. He is married to the incomparable Ebony Hinton, and they have an amazing daughter, Kennedy.
Elder Nafiskas Convington
Elder Nafiskas Convington has been serving here at Saint Mary’s for over 40 years. She was ordained as an Elder in the Original Free Will Baptist Denomination November 9, 2009. She also serves in the Children’s Ministry as Chair. She is a proud graduate of North Carolina Central University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and a Minor in Special Education in 1974. She is married to Thomas Covington, and they have three children and two grandchildren.
Elder Irene Lipscomb
Elder Irene Lipscomb has been serving here at Saint Mary’s for over 50 years. She was ordained as an Elder in the Original Free Will Baptist Denomination in the 1980’s. She also serves in the Women Ministry. She took ministrial classes with the Original Free Will Baptist organization where she became certified. She was married to the late Furman Lipscomb, and they have four children, four grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Elder Christine Norris
Elder Christina Norris has been serving here at Saint Mary’s for 52 years. She preached her Initial Sermon in September of 1981. She was ordained as an Elder in the Original Free Will Baptist Denomination in 1984. She also serves in Women Ministry as Vice Chair. She is a proud graduate of Seminary at Chapel Hill North Carolina, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in 1995. She was married to the late James Edward Norris, and they have two children son, James Norris Jr. and daughter, Shauna Norris Boddie and two adorable grandchildren Aidian and Jaxon Boddie.
Elder Joanne Yates
Elder Joanne Yates has been serving here at Saint Mary’s for 57 years. She was ordained as an Elder in the Original Free Will Baptist Denomination in 1984. She also serves in our Home Mission Outreach Ministry as Chair. She is a proud graduate of Heritage Bible College in North Carolina, where she obtained her Bachelor of Religious Education and a minor in Christian Counseling on May 6, 2017. She was married to Trustee Phillip Yates, and they have one Daughter Angela Wintson and two very intelligent and handsome grandsons Tyler and Caleb Maxwell.
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Worship Services: Sundays at 10:00am
Teaching Ministry: Sunday School – Sundays at 9:00am
Bible Study: Wednesdays at 7:00pm