The leadership of our church:

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Dr. J. Melvin Wooten, D.Th.


"…walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:1-3 KJV


From the beginning, it was evident that John ‘Melvin’ Wooten had the heart of a servant as well as a leader. He has served as an usher, choir member, Sunday School teacher, President of Laymen’s League, President of Ambassador’s for Christ and Chairman of the Deacon Board. Not surprisingly, John Wooten answered the call to ministry. He preached his initial sermon December 15, 1991 and went on to Pastor in March of 1995.

As evidenced by his educational background, Pastor Wooten has a thirst for knowledge. His studies include Edgecombe Community College, Shaw Divinity School, Virginia Union, Eastern North Carolina Theological Seminary and Bethel Bible College and Seminary.

But most importantly, Pastor Wooten loves God. He has a love for people and is a man that values family. He is married to the former Patricia Martin. They have two sons and one daughter. Family, friends, co-workers, church members all agree that John Melvin Wooten has a Pastor’s heart and will readily share the truth of God’s Word. His favorite scripture is Ezekiel 44:23 "And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean." (KJV)

We ask that you continue to pray for Pastor Wooten. Although he is pastoring, employed full time, and has recently earned a doctorate, he is tirelessly committed to leading by example and striving for excellence; all to the Glory of God.

3rd Anniversary Letter, November 7, 2004

4th Anniversary Letter, November 6, 2005

5th Anniversary Letter, November 5, 2006

Sermon "You Can Depend On God", December 6, 2009

Sermon "Yes, God Means You", December 13, 2009

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First Lady Reverend Patricia Martin Wooten


Reverend Patricia Wooten is a founding member and First Lady of Higher Calling. Rev. Wooten earned her Associate's degree in Biblical Studies in May of 2010.

Service History

  • 2002 - 2006 Executive Council
  • 2002 - 2006 Ushers, 2005 - 2006 Corresponding Secretary
  • 2002 - 2006 Women's Ministry, 2003 - 2006 President
  • 2003 - 2006 Intercessory Prayer

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Reverend Faye Woodard, Assistant Pastor


Reverend Faye Woodard joined the first ministerial staff of Higher Calling in 2002 and began service as the Pastor's secretary in 2003. She was ordained as Associate Minister on February 19, 2006. Rev. Woodard earned her Associate's Degree in Biblical Studies in May 2010.

Service History

  • 2002 - 2005 Executive Council, 2003 - 2006 Secretary
  • 2002 - 2006 Ministerial Staff
  • 2002 - 2006 Finance Committee
  • 2002 - 2005 Praise Team
  • 2002 - 2003 Voices of Praise Choir
  • 2002 - 2005 Sunday School Department
  • 2002 - 2006 Bible Study
  • 2003 - 2006 Pastor's Aide Ministry, Treasurer
  • 2003 - 2006 Women's Ministry, Secretary
  • 2003 - 2005 Intercessory Prayer
  • 2004 Revival, Speaker
  • 2004 - 2006 United Voices
  • 2005 - 2006 Outreach Ministry
  • 2005 - 2006 Singles Ministry

Sermon "Jesus Still Cares", December 27, 2009

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Reverend James Gear

Reverend James Gear answered his calling to the Ministry in 2009. Rev. Gear joined the Ministerial staff at Higher Calling Baptist church in 2012.

Service History

  • 2012- current Ministerial staff
  • 2013 - 2014 Pastor Anniversary Committee
  • 2014 - Current Pastor Aide, Chair Person

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Reverend Sherry Curry


Reverend Curry accepted her call to the Ministry in 2013, Rev. Curry joined the Ministerial staff of Higher Calling in 2014. Rev. Curry believes God has a plan for all, if we would embrace His word, all would be revealed.

Service History

  • 2014 - current Ministerial Staff
  • 2014 - current Media Ministry
  • 2014 - current Outreach Ministry
  • 2014 - current Pastor Aide, Vice-Chair
  • 2014 - current Finance Committee

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Reverend Tedric Jeffery

Rev. Tedric, born May, 1970. He was born and raised in Darlington, SC, Rev. Jeffery accepted his call to preach God’s gospel in 1997. He currently serves under the leadership of Dr. J.M. Wooten of Higher Calling Baptist Church. Rev. Jeffery not only ministers the word but honorably lives by the Word.

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Reverend Doris Roberts

Reverend Roberts joined Higher Calling in Dec,2011. Rev. Roberts received her call to the minisrty in 2014, and became a part of the HCBC Ministerial staff in November 2014.

Service History

*2013 - 2014 DVD Ministry
*2013 - 2014 Pastor Anniversary Committee
*2013 - 2014 Pastor Aide
*2013 - 2014 Youth Sunday School Teacher

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