Thursday, June 29, 2017

UNION's New Pastor-Elect

Letter from Pastoral Search Committee Chairman

It has been my honor to serve as Chairman of the Search Committee for the new pastor of Union Missionary Baptist Church, along with Committee Members – Tyrone Muse, Eloise Edwards, Herman Scott, Kendra Evans-Ellis, and Reverend Kenneth Ray Hammond. We are pleased to recommend to you, the members of Union Baptist, Reverend Prince Raney Rivers.

The search for a new pastor began several years ago, with surveys from the Strategic Planning Committee asking for input from the church membership as to what they wanted from a pastor. From the information gathered, a pastoral profile was developed. Names were submitted for consideration for the pastoral position and it became evident that Reverend Prince Raney Rivers met all the qualifications that the church outlined. It is with prayerful consideration we present Reverend Rivers as our new pastor. We have vetted our choice and we are confident that he will serve us well. Reverend Rivers is one of our own having served as an intern here at UBC while at Duke Divinity School; he served as our Youth Minster and was ordained by Pastor Hammond. Reverend Rivers meets all our qualifications with his education and ministerial experience. However, most importantly, we find him to be a Man of God who can give us a vision for the future at Union Missionary Baptist Church, with the help of God.

Prayerfully submitted,
Michael G. Jones, Sr.

The Reverend Prince Raney Rivers - Our New Pastor-Elect

On Sunday, March 12, 2017, the grand ballroom of the Sheraton Imperial in the RTP area between Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina was transformed into a grand worship service for the purpose of hearing the word as was delivered from the pastor search committee of Union Baptist Church. Michael Jones served as the chairman of that committee and presented the results of the church body vote once the candidate delivered a soul-stirring message.

Ninety-eight percent of the members attending this special service and call meeting voted to accept Reverend Prince Raney Rivers as our next senior pastor. Here is the biography of our new Pastor-Elect, Rev. Rivers:

The Reverend Prince Raney Rivers is the Senior Pastor of United Metropolitan Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC. Since being called to serve as pastor of United Metropolitan Baptist Church, Reverend Rivers has endeavored to offer innovative Christian leadership that enables people within and beyond the church to experience and respond to the gracious love of God. To that end, United Metropolitan developed new ministries and enhanced existing ones. Reverend Rivers is passionate about equipping Christians to grow spiritually, Christian leadership, preaching God’s Word and mentoring ministers. He has delivered lectures and sermons in churches, at colleges and universities. Reverend Rivers received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Morehouse College where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society; earned a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School and completed the Harvard Divinity School Summer Leadership Institute. He was a fellow of the Pastor-Theologian Program at Princeton Theological Seminary.

He is currently enrolled in a Ph.D program in Leadership Studies at A&T State University. Reverend Rivers currently serves as Fourth Vice President of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc.; a member of the Board of Directors, United Metropolitan Ministries; Duke Divinity School Board of Visitors Emeritus; Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership and the Board of Visitors of Winston-Salem State University. He is Inaugural Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Forsyth Promise, a public education initiative to promote excellence “from cradle to career.” He has published several publications and has lectured in the Gardner Taylor Lecture Series at Duke Divinity School, the James A. Gray Symposium, Winston-Salem University and many others.

He joyfully shares life and ministry with his wife, Dr. Monica Corbitt Rivers and they are the parents of a son and a daughter.

 

Letter from Pastoral Candidate

Grace and Peace UBC!

It has been so amazing for me to watch all that God has done through Union Baptist Church during the tenure of Pastor Kenneth Ray Hammond. I joined Union in 1996 when I moved to Durham to attend Duke Divinity School. In July 1999, I was ordained at Union. Today I am blessed to be married to an amazing woman, Dr. Monica Rivers, and grateful to be the father of two wonderful children, Prince (“Cory”) and Julienne. As it was for Joshua who came after Moses, it would be an honor for me to continue the distinguished leadership that Reverend Hammond established over more than two decades of service. We are living in uncertain times politically, socially and economically. It is vital that Union continues to be a prayer-powered, Spirit-led, Christ-centered and community-minded church. People still need the hope of Christ and the peace of God.

I come to you as a servant leader who strives to magnify God and preach the life changing, liberating Good News of Jesus Christ. With God’s help and your prayers, I look forward to being a part of the wonderful work God is doing at UBC. Together, we will serve each generation both within and beyond the church walls. We will make disciples and touch lives through ministry. We will do justice and walk humbly with God as we build on Union’s rich legacy to ensure its bright future.

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in Him, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

Yours in Christ,
Prince Raney Rivers