From the Desk of The Pastor


Welcome to the website of First Baptist Church of Oak Island (FBCOI)! If you are new to the Oak Island/ Southport area we want to welcome you to our community. We believe this is a great place to live and that First Baptist is one of the great churches in the area. We are a cross-section of this community and we love worshiping, praying, fellowshipping and working side by side.


The truth is there are very few “native” Oak Islanders. The vast majority of us have come from someplace else and simply got here as quickly as we could. Some of us just got here a little sooner than others. We believe this congregation is so open and welcoming because we can all remember what it felt like to be the new person looking for a church home. We hope you will come and be our guest for Bible Study and worship at your earliest opportunity, and we look forward to getting to know you because it is always exciting to meet a new brother or sister in the Lord.


Perhaps you are not moving to the area but you have chosen to vacation on our little island; we want to welcome you as well. Oak Island is a great place to spend time with family and friends. While you are here FBCOI would love to welcome you as our guest as well. We understand that people often do not bring “Sunday clothes” when they come on vacation so our church sign says “Come as you are” and we mean that. On any given Sunday you will see folks wearing everything from suits to shorts and T-shirts and they are welcome. We are convinced that the Lord is more concerned with the condition of your heart than He is with the kind of clothes you are wearing.


So, new resident or vacationer we want to invite you to come be our guest for worship Sunday mornings at 8:00 am on Ocean Crest Pier, 11:00 am or 6:00 pm at the church. We believe you will meet the Lord and some good folks when you come.

Rev. Don Whitener