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What is different about Saint John's Missionary Baptist Church?

Welcome to Saint John’s Missionary Baptist Church of Durham, NC. It is with a spirit of thanksgiving and praise that we welcome you to this website. We are deeply grateful and excited about how God has blessed this light house to shine its beams across the land. The St. John’s Church family was planted in the Walltown community 105 years ago by men and women who had a vision. Our forefathers saw the need to minister to peoples’ needs. Today, we want to say “thank you” for those who are yet sacrificing and serving the Lord and others from their hearts. Let us continue to keep the faith. Let us not be weary in well doing for we shall reap if we faint not.

Church Life

God calls us to minister together. We have than 14 ministries of worship, service, fellowship, and outreach so we can work together to do what God has called us to do. Learn more about them on our ministries page. Part of being a disciple is worshiping and serving together.
Reverend Daniels has served as pastor of St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church since May 1985. Although his calling in the ministry is focused on the spiritual growth and development of the body Christ, his approach to ministry is holistic. He is concerned about the social, economic and political aspects of the Church as well. Pastor Daniels teaches that we are to love God through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ; we are to learn the Word of God and we are to live out the Gospel, so that others may see and know the risen Saviour in our lives.

He is engaged in community, local and state issues that pertain to the health and welfare of the Durham neighborhood, known as Walltown. His current involvement includes serving as an Adjunct Chaplain for Duke Regional Hospital, Treasurer of the Walltown Neighborhood Ministry and a member of the East Cedar Grove Baptist Association.

Pastor Daniels is an alumnus of the American Baptist College & Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee with a Bachelor’s in Religion and the Duke University School of Divinity in Durham, North Carolina with a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral Care.

He is married to Kathleen M. Daniels and enjoys reading, sports, fishing and traveling.


Our vision is to build a caring community of baptized believers, who love and support the spread of the Gospel by daily emulating the life of Christ.


Our mission is to act and talk like Christians and represent Jesus Christ everywhere we go. We are commissioned to go into the world to witness to others of the good news of Jesus Christ.


Our purpose is to make disciples who are instructed and equipped to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that glorifies Him.

Community Support

We believe in community support through discipleship, evangelism, worship, fellowship and ministry in the Church and community.