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Senior Pastor
Charlie Carter

Pastor Charlie Carter preached his first sermon as pastor of First Baptist Church of Oak Island on Sunday May 7, 2000.
Charlie is married to Joan Conway Carter and they have two children; Jessica who is married to Joseph Author Elias and Matthew who is married to Anna Sweeting Carter. Charlie and Joan are the proud Grandparents of five grandchildren; Caleb & Collin Elias, Gwen, Hazel & Jeremiah Carter.

Charlie did his undergraduate work at Va Tech where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry & Wildlife in 1975. Following college he worked in the Parks and Recreation field before answering the call to the ministry in 1988. Charlie graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in May of 1991 with a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in Christian Education (MDiv/CE).

Charlie served two churches before coming to FBCOI. He served Madison Heights Baptist Church in Virginia as a summer youth worker for two summers, 1988 and 1989. He then served Creedmoor Road Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC for 10 years. He began his ministry there as a part time Youth Minister in January, 1990 and then the church called him as their full time Associate Pastor upon graduation from Seminary in May of 1991.

In his leisure time Pastor Charlie enjoys kayaking, bird watching, photography, doodling, and wood working.

Associate Pastor/Minister of Music
Raleigh Todd

Pastor Raleigh Todd Raleigh was born in Wilmington, NC and was raised in a Christian home the second of four children. His entire family were members at Wrightsboro Baptist Church, where in April 1958 Raleigh accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and he was baptized in May of that year. During the summer of 1971 while a student at UNCW Raleigh felt God’s call to full time ministry. He changed is major from Business Administration to Music Education to better prepare for ministry and Seminary.

After graduating from UNCW he and his wife Jane moved to Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in May of 1977 with a Master’s degree in Church Music. Since his completion of Seminary, he has served full-time in churches in Tennessee and North Carolina. Raleigh has been serving at First Baptist Church of Oak Island since May 2014. Raleigh has been active in the North Carolina Baptist Singers and has been active in the associations where he has served.

Raleigh is married to Jane Cotton Todd and they have two grown children, Amy Todd-Paine and Christa Jeanette Todd.

Raleigh’s hobbies are photography and commemorative stamp collecting.


Church Secretary
Michelle Cheeks

Michelle Cheeks has served in ministry on Oak Island since 2008. Having previous experience as a Children’s Protective Services Worker, Child Development Specialist, NC State Probation & Parole Officer and Mental Health Agency Director, Michelle previously served for 5 ½ years as Children’s Minister at FBCOI, while also serving in the capacity of Church Secretary.

Michelle is manager and co-founder (alongside her daughter- Christian Music Evangelist, Megan East Parrish) of East2West Ministries.  Serving as Chaplain for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is an additionally rewarding experience for Michelle’s current season of ministry to a broken and hurting world.

Michelle’s favorite scripture is the promise that ” those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” Psalm 126:5










Ministers of Youth
Kat Adams

Kat Adams is a Teacher Assistant at Southport Elementary School in Southport, NC. She graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science and a minor in Education.

She enjoys spending time with her family, riding bikes, playing sports, and playing with her















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