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First Baptist Church Rockwell, North Carolina
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      Our Purpose: To glorify the name of God  through worship, fellowship,and ministry.

        Our Mission: To bring glory to God By holding on to Jesus, while reaching the world.



Senior Pastor - Matthew Laughter
Senior Pastor - Matthew Laughter

Pastor Matthew has served at FBC Rockwell since July 2007. He served as Youth/Children’s Pastor until August of 2009, when he was called as Senior Pastor.

Matthew earned his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies at Gardner Webb University in North Carolina (May 2003). He received his Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina(May 2007).

Matthew has been married to his lovely bride, Crystal, since 2005. They have three wonderful children, Hannah, Bryson and Caleb .

Matthew has a passion for ministering to people through the Word of God. He thoroughly enjoys spending quality time with his precious family anytime he can. In addition to these things, his hobbies include golf, baseball, basketball, playing video games, music, reading history, and anything to do with the North Carolina Tarheels.


Youth/ Children's Pastor - Sam VanSlyke
Youth/ Children's Pastor - Sam VanSlyke

Rev. Sam VanSlyke Youth/Children's Pastor

Pastor Samuel VanSlyke has served as Youth and Children’s Pastor at FBC Rockwell since September 2013. He spend 4 years interning at Calvary Baptist Church in Salisbury, NC.  He is married to Morgan VanSlyke.


Samuel grew up in a Christian family and made sure of his salvation in Jesus Christ at age 13. He was called by God into lifetime ministry at the age of 15. He pursued his call and graduated from Piedmont International University in Winston-Salem, NC in May of 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Christian ministries and minors in Pastoral Studies and Missions.


Pastor Sam has a huge passion for devoting a servant heart for the Lord. He likes to encourage people to spread the name of Jesus in a dying world. He loves to encourage people through preaching, teaching, and one-on-one discipleship.


He likes spending his free time with family and friends. He loves watching football, especially the Carolina Panthers, and all other sports.


Church Secretary - Cindy Jones

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Worship Leader- Anthony Odom
Worship Leader- Anthony Odom
About us

First Baptist Church is a Southern Baptist Church located in Rockwell, NC. It is a member of the Rowan Southern Baptist Association .

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P.O. Box 756

Rockwell, NC,28138
Phone: 704-279-6120

Fax 704-279-4390


  SENIOR PASTOR :Rev. Matthew Laughter



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