The earliest African-American churches in Wilson County.

1866 — London’s Primitive Baptist Church, London Church Road, Wilson.

ca. 1866 — Vester Church (now New Vester Missionary Baptist Church), Byrd Road, Sims.

ca. 1866 — Barnes Primitive Baptist Church, Stantonsburg.

probably 1860s — Bunches Church, Woodbridge Road, Black Creek.

1868 — Rountree Missionary Baptist Church, Martin L. King Blvd., Wilson.

1868 — Saint John A.M.E. Zion Church, Pender Street, Wilson.

1870 — Rocky Branch Christian Church (now Rocky Branch United Church of Christ), NC Highway 581, Kenly.

1872 — First Baptist Church (now Jackson Chapel First Missionary Baptist Church), Pender Street, Wilson.

1875 — First Missionary Baptist Church, Langley Road, Elm City.

1882 — Ellis Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, Aviation Road, Wilson.

1882 — Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church, North Vick Street, Wilson.

1885 — William Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, William Chapel Church Road, Elm City.

1886 — Johnson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Beauvue Street, Elm City.

1887 — Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, Reid Street, Wilson.

1889 — Calvary Presbyterian Church, Pender Street, Wilson.




  1. Hello, Do you have any information about Corner Line Primitive Baptist Church, once located in Wilson County, NC?
    I do have two pictures of this church. Rev. Wiley Barnes was a pastor there. His son Thomas Barnes, later became the pastor.

    1. I don’t, but I will certainly look. I’d love to feature the photos if you’re willing to share. Perhaps someone who’s familiar with the church will see them.

      1. Yes, I would love to share the pictures…I am in NC attending a cousin’s funeral. I will post when I return home.
        Please, advise me how to post the pictures.

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