Winterville Baptist Church Leadership
Winterville Baptist Church is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.
Melissa and I, both natives of Washington, N.C. answered the
call to fulltime Christian ministry in 1991, as I completed the
first phase in my educational process, earning an A.A. in
Religion from Liberty University. Here we are now beginning
our 29th year in the pastorate together. The journey has been
incredible. We have shared many victories in ministry, as well
as a few challenges, times of laughter and times of tears, but
God has been faithful to teach us so much through each of these
experiences. Together, God has taught us that love is the most
precious gift we can receive and offer to others. Our approach
to ministry is first to strive to love God with everything that is
within us and then to love those around us more than ourselves.
I am so thankful to God for not only saving my soul in 1988, but
for also saving my life. I never would have imagined that God
would call me into ministry, bless me with such a wonderful
family, and entrust to me the incredible privilege to speak of His
amazing grace to the world. God has allowed me to serve on
missions in South Africa, South America, Honduras, the
Caribbean, as well as within the United States. I never grow
tired of sharing the good news of the Gospel! It is the power
found within the Gospel that saves, transforms, and sets the
captive free. My life and testimony is evidence of His great
Boris Barrett Jr.
Throughout his school years Boris was heavily involved in band as well as orchestra, participating in numerous clubs and ensembles, where his love for music began to blossom and grow. He attended Pitt Community College from 2009-2013, where he received an Associate’s degree in Human Services. He is currently enrolled in Covenant Theological Seminary (since 2014), where he is working towards his Bachelor’s in Ministry. He answered the call to ministry in June of 2013, where he preached his initial sermon at his home church, Mount Calvary FWB Church in Greenville, NC. He served faithfully in his church’s youth ministry since his younger years, participating in the dance/mime ministry, the youth choir, serving as a junior deacon, serving as an armor bearer, and also volunteering in vacation bible school.
He was blessed to receive the opportunity to serve as the Youth Pastor at Mount Calvary FWB Church from July of 2014 to February of 2016 where he worked very diligently to serve the youth, young adults, and college students, while modeling and displaying the theme, “when it comes to living for Christ, age ain't nothing but a number”.
In March of 2016, God called him to the small town of Winterville, NC to serve as the Youth Pastor at Winterville Baptist Church, which he describes as an “awesome honor, privilege and opportunity to serve the next generation of believers”.
He has been married to his high school sweetheart and best friend, Charlene for 5 years, and they have one daughter, Cadence. He resides in Greenville, NC with his family, where they have lived for the past two years. Minister Barrett loves God, his family, and he loves God’s people, and he lives his life to be a daily representation of what God can and will do.
Our pianist, Sharla Smith, joined our church staff in 2006.She provides piano accompaniment for our adult choir, praise team, and all other service music.She also provides leadership for our music ministry as the Music Coordinator.Sharla was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida, and begin playing piano in her home church as a middle schooler.She received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Florida State University and a Master of Music in Piano Accompanying from East Carolina University.Sharla enjoys playing music to worship and honor God, and considers it a great privilege to serve the Lord in this way.Sharla, her husband Ken, and their two children reside in Winterville.