Wake Missionary Baptist Association, Inc.

United In The Gospel: One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism (Ephesians 4: 4-6)     

Reverend James Clanton 

Senior Pastor

Wake Baptist Grove MBC

Garner North Carolina 27529


Reverend Dr. G. A. Jones

Senior Pastor

Faith MBC

Raleigh, North Carolina 27603


Reverend Dr. James S. Utley

Senior Pastor

Malaby's Crossroad MBC

Knightdale, North Carolina 27545


Our Moderators

Moderator Reverend Kirby Jones was licensed as a Minister of the Gospel, in April 1993; and has been in Pastoral Ministry for over 28 years – the last 20 of which, has been as the Pastor of Williams Grove Baptist Church, in Raleigh, NC. As the Shepherd of Williams Grove, Pastor Jones has tirelessly preached and taught the Word of God; and the people of Williams Grove have grown in spiritual strength and maturity. Pastor Jones is currently the Moderator of the Wake Missionary Baptist Association; and sits on its Executive Board, and Ordination Council. more..

First-Vice Moderator Reverend Dr. G.A. Jones' ministerial career includes pastorates at Elevation Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina; Wake Chapel Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina; and St. Paul Baptist Church, St. Albans, West Virginia.  For the past 19 years, he has served as the Senior Pastor of Faith Missionary Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina.  His studies have accomplished:  Bachelor Arts Degree,  St. Augustine’s College, Raleigh, North Carolina; Master of Divinity Degree, Southeastern Baptist Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina; Doctor of Ministry Degree, Trinity Theological Seminary Newburgh, Indiana.  Dr. Jones is a published author and is an Adjunct Professor at Saint Augustine's University, Raleigh, North Carolina.    


First-Vice Moderator 

Reverend Kirby Jones

Senior Pastor

Williams Grove Baptist Church

Raleigh, North Carolina 27610


Second-Vice Moderator 

Third-Vice Moderator 

Fourth-Vice Moderator 

Reverend Joyce Pulley-Hinton

Senior Pastor

Loving Word MBC

Raleigh, North Carolina 27610


Second-Vice Moderator Reverend Dr. James S. Utley began his ministerial journey by serving and supporting the auxiliaries of First Cosmopolitan MBC and the leadership of and tutelage of Reverend Dr. W. B. Lewis.  Dr. Utley holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and Philosophy from, and also received his Master of Divinity Degree from, Shaw University Divinity School. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio,  For the past 19 years, he has served as the Senior Pastor at Malaby's Crossroad MBC, Knightdale, North Carolina,  where he continues to nurture spiritual and intellectual growth, develop effective leadership, and provide resources that promote community development.

Third-Vice Moderator Reverend Joyce Pulley-Hinton has eight years as an Associate Minister of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, under the leadership of Reverend P. R. Jones.  Reverend Hinton is the  founding visionary Pastor of Loving Word Missionary Baptist Church of Raleigh, North Carolina, which opened its doors February 3, 2002. An honor graduate of Shaw University, she recently celebrated 17 years in Ministry.      


Fourth-Vice Moderator, Reverend James E. Clanton, Jr. was licensed to preach the gospel at Christian Faith Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC under the leadership of Reverend Dr. David C. Forbes, Sr. He was ordained in 2001. Reveverend Clanton attended NC State University and later earned a Bachelor of Science degree from NC Wesleyan College. He has also completed classes towards Masters of Divinity at Shaw University. He served as Pastor at First Baptist Church New Hill in New Hill, NC from 2001-2014. For the past seven years, he has served as Pastor of Wake Baptist Grove Church, Garner, NC.



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