Meet Our Pastor
Charles D. Cureton, is a native of West Greenville, South Carolina, where he was reared by his parents, the late Charles E. and Bernice Cureton. Pastor Cureton is married to the former Sonjia B. Albany and they are the proud parents of four beautiful children; ZaQuavious, MyKail, Taylor and Aubrey.
Pastor Cureton is a distinguished graduate of the Greenville County School District where he attended the Greenville High School – class of l995. He continued his education at the University of Mt. Olive, in Mt. Olive, North Carolina, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management in 2001. With the desire to give God his best and realizing the importance of a formal religious education, Pastor Cureton is currently pursuing additional religious studies to better serve the Kingdom of God.
Pastor Cureton acknowledged the call to begin preaching under the leadership of Pastor Terry King, at the Rock of Ages Baptist Church, Greenville, SC. During this time he took on an active role in the Youth Ministry, where he mentored teens & young adults, provided leadership and initiated various youth initiatives. In 2002, relocating to Columbia, SC, Reverend Cureton later joined the Red Hill Baptist Church, Gadsden, SC under the leadership of Pastor Donnie C. Chambers. Throughout his period at Red Hill, he was passionately engaged in Prison Ministry, Evangelism and Youth & Young Adult Ministry. Currently, Pastor Cureton serves as the Senior Pastor of the Friendship Baptist Church, Hopkins, SC. Pastor Cureton life is dedicated to living by example and encouraging men and women how to live up to their full potential in Christ. He lives his life based on the biblical principles found inPhilippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Pastor Cureton strongly believes that he is called to be a Servant of God in this present age. He serves on several community based organization boards and ministries to include but not limited to; Second Chance Ministries, Midlands Baptist Ministerial Alliance, Baptist Minister’s Fellowship of Greenville & Vicinity, Vice-President of Young Professional Ministerial Alliance and the Dr. Charles B. Jackson, Sr., Young Pastor’s and Minister’s Conference Committee. Pastor Cureton’s fulfillment comes through seeing “marginalized and disenfranchised people find their way to full faith and confidence in God; a God that is not punitive, a God that is not angry and dismissive, but in a God that loves us, embraces us, welcomes us and invites us to join Him at work.” . For God to work to work through us, He first must work in us.