Rev. Charlie Carter
Pastor Charlie preached his first sermon as pastor of First Baptist Church of Oak Island on Sunday, May 7, 2000.
Charlie is married to Joan Conway Carter and they have two children; Jessica who is married to Joseph Author Elias and Matthew who is married to Anna Sweeting Carter. Charlie and Joan are the proud Grandparents of SIX grandchildren; Caleb & Collin Elias, Gwen, Hazel, Dylan & Jeremiah Carter.
Charlie did his undergraduate work at Va Tech where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry & Wildlife in 1975. Following college, he worked in the Parks and Recreation field before answering the call to the ministry in 1988. Charlie graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in May of 1991 with a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in Christian Education (MDiv/CE).
Charlie served two churches before coming to FBCOI. He served Madison Heights Baptist Church in Virginia as a summer youth worker for two summers, 1988 and 1989. He then served Creedmoor Road Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC for 10 years. He began his ministry there as a part-time Youth Minister in January 1990 and then the church called him as their full-time Associate Pastor upon graduation from Seminary in May of 1991.
In his leisure time Pastor Charlie enjoys kayaking, bird watching, photography, doodling, and wood working.
Michelle Cheeks has served in ministry on Oak Island since 2008. Having previous experience as a Children’s Protective Services Worker, Child Development Specialist, NC State Probation & Parole Officer and Mental Health Agency Director, Michelle previously served for 5 ½ years as Children’s Minister at FBCOI, while also serving in her capacity of Church Secretary.
Michelle is manager and co-founder (alongside her daughter- Christian Music Evangelist, Megan East Parrish) of East2West Ministries. Serving as Chaplain for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is an additionally rewarding experience for Michelle’s current season of ministry to a broken and hurting world.
Michelle’s favorite scripture is the promise…” Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” Psalm 126:5
Beth joined church staff as Children's Minister in October 2016. She is wife to Pete and mother to four beautiful daughters- Katie Del, Abbie, Chloe, and Ellie. She was born in Gastonia, NC, but moved to Oak Island as quickly as the Lord allowed in July 2014.
In 1999 Beth earned a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from UNC Greensboro. While at UNC-G, she focused on Children's Theatre, touring with the NC Theatre for Young People.
Beth committed her life to the Lord at age 5 and has felt a calling to share the love of Jesus with others, especially children, from a young age. She volunteered in Children's Ministries following graduation from UNC-G, directing VBS, Children's Ministry Programs, and Children's dramas in her church.
In her leisure time, Beth bakes, volunteers in the PTA at Southport Elementary School, and loves to read, spend time with her family (especially on the beach), and run.
Lauren was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains and attended Marshall University for Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management. With her three boys and husband in tow, Lauren moved to Oak Island in 2014. Lauren has owned Indulgence Cupcake & Sweet Shop, worked as Pastry Chef, Banquet Chef, Restaurant Manager, Food Sales Rep, and now uses her zeal for feeding bellies and hospitality as FBCOI's Youth Minister (where her desire to FEED comes in very handy with always-hungry teenagers).
Lauren is blessed to devote her days bringing up her boys to know God and serve like Jesus, "home"-educating her two littlest boys, traveling and adventuring with her family for views and food, dreaming of being a farmer, and cooking/baking for family and friends!
Lauren and her husband, Ryan, offer an open invitation to Saturday Night Taco Parties- message for the address- all are always welcome!