Smithfield Herald

Houses of Worship: Green Chapel focuses on service

Green Chapel Missionary Baptist Church is on Brogden Road in Smithfield.
Green Chapel Missionary Baptist Church is on Brogden Road in Smithfield. COURTESY OF K. MICHELLE WATSON

Green Chapel Missionary Baptist Church has a long history. Founded in 1887, the church on Brogden Road east of Smithfield focuses on serving its neighbors, including East Smithfield residents.

“We want to get out into the community and help where we can,” said Pastor DeAshley Curtis Jr., whose parishioners often visit residents of nursing homes and assisted-living centers.

Here’s a profile of the church.

Location: 2861 Brogden Road, Smithfield.

Affiliation: Baptist.

Contact information: 919-989-7935.

Size: 25 to 50 members at Sunday service.

Pastor: The Rev. Dr. DeAshley Curtis Jr. became pastor in 2000. Before that, was an associate pastor at Wake Chapel Baptist Church in Raleigh and Johnston Piney Grove Baptist Church near Clayton. A military veteran, he received his divinity degree from te Justice Fellowship School of Theology in 2006. He lives in Raleigh with his wife, Catherine, who works for the N.C. Department of Justice.

What sets the church apart? Geen Chapel was founded on a strong generational love of family and community. Despite its humble beginnings and challenges, it has always been a shelter for those who need it and seeks to fly to the heavens on its strengths. We seek to be part of what God is doing and spread the message throughout Smithfield and Johnston County.

What is the church’s message? We try to be Christ-entered in our message, promoting unity, love and compassion. We seek to preach, teach and minister to those who are lost; proclaim the healing virtue of the blood of Jesus to those who are physically and spiritually sick; encourage and inspire those who are on this Christian journey to be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord; lead the body of Christ in the 21st century and minister to the needs of the community; and be an administrator over God’s people and lead them toward the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Special programs: Bible study and prayer service at 7 p.m. Tuesdays; Sunday School at 10 a.m.

Special events: Women’s Day in May, Men’s Day in July, Ushers’ Songfest in March and dinners at Christmas, at homecoming in September and on the pastor’s anniversary in May.

Service: 11 a.m. Sunday.

Last Sunday’s sermon: “Do Not Stop Praying.” In honor of Black History Month, our members have been doing presentations on key topics in our history. We ended with a member presentation on Ruby Bridges and a depiction of our history in motion.