Catherine Lake Baptist Church is a theologically reformed church holding to the Christ-exalting truths rediscovered in the sixteenth century Protestant Reformation. We welcome people to no longer live like sheep without a Shepherd, but to come feed on the green pastures of God’s Holy Word to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

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2064 Catherine Lake Road

Richlands, North Carolina 28574

Telephone: (910) 518-5816


Visit With Us! Sundays at 10am & 6pm

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Get To Know

Our Pastor

Brian J. Mann has been pastor of Catherine Lake Baptist Church since January 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies w/Minor in the History of Ideas from Southeastern Seminary, and a Master of Theological Studies from Southwestern Seminary. He was ordained in 2001. Brian is married to Sherry and they have three children.

Our Beliefs

In covenant with one another, we believe the Word of God is the only authority for faith and practice. We affirm the 1689 Baptist Confession as the most “excellent, though not inspired, expression of the teaching of the Holy Scriptures by which all confessions are to be measured. We hold to the humbling truths of God's sovereign grace in the salvation of lost sinners. Salvation is through Christ alone and by faith alone” (Spurgeon). Principally, Philippians 2:1–11 is our governing verse.

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Our Covenant

Building upon the Word of God as the only authority for faith and practice, we testify that God’s Sovereignty and Grace has placed us in this body for the purpose of Christian communion, discipleship, and the spread of His Glorious Kingdom. Therefore, as covenant members we promise to:

LOVE the Lord Jesus Christ supremely, and to love one another, and to Endure suffering together with HOPE, and to ensure TRUTHful teaching takes place in our church, making it a healthy place for God’s children, and to Pursue HOLINESS in our hearts, minds, and actions both inside and outside the church, and to remain Alive in our WITNESS in the world by being empowered by our WATCHFULNESS in prayer to God, and IN ALL these THINGS, and in all of life, and in all we attempt to do in this church for God’s Glory, may we Never let go of a GOD-CENTERED GOSPEL, and TRUST the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Why Should I Join?

Joining a local church is making a promise to God and to God’s people to serve Him in the context He has ordained to bless the world. This joining should never be viewed as similar to joining a club or other earthly organization. Rather, joining and remaining in a local church is in essence an authentication of one’s calling as part of the body of Christ (1John 2:19), in the household of God (1Tim. 3:15). We value our being involved with the formal membership of the Church universal throughout the world, as we believe it is His plan, not ours, and therefore it is our glad obligation to submit to His architecture of grace.

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Who Can Join?

The qualifications to join this local church are limited to those who respond in obedience to Scriptures by accepting, receiving, and resting upon the Father’s Son, our only Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ—who is fully & truly God and fully & truly man, united in one person forever (2 John 7–11). Persons desiring to join this local church should be regularly attending Worship Services, be baptized as believers (see below), and observably have the good work of God begun in them (Philip. 1:6). All must willingly submit to this local church’s leadership, discipline, policies, and beliefs (Amos 3:3; 1Cor. 1:10; 1Tim. 6:3-4; Heb. 13:17; 1Peter 5:5; 1John 1:3).


How Do I Go About Joining?

Those interested in membership at CLBC should see the pastor. Upon recommendation of the Pastor and the majority affirmation of this local church, the persons approved for membership will be received as members and added to the church roll. New members are received and recognized at Members' Meetings and/or Worship Services. The children of members should be encouraged also to join when it becomes evident that they are expressing genuine faith (Mark 10:14-15).

Know Your Role!

What Is Your Role?

The role of membership is important and to be taken seriously. None should presume to be on a church roll who do not take their role as a covenant member with solemnity. Covenant Members are expected to maintain personal and family devotion to the only Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, loving and serving his body the church, praying for and joyfully serving them, attending and supporting the church’s gatherings, leadership, discipline, policies, and beliefs. They should maintain their covenant commitment coram deo (before the face of God) and do everything in life for the glory and enjoyment of God in Christ.


Where Does Baptism Come From?

Baptism comes from our Lord’s command in Matthew 28:18–20. He wants us to know and others to know that we belong to him.

How is Baptism performed?

Baptism means to immerse in the water, to go under the water. There is no Scriptural grounds for performing baptism with sprinkling or pouring.

What About Infant Baptism?

Baptism is for believers only. There is no Scriptural command or example to apply the name of God in baptism to anyone who does not yet believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

What Does Baptism Mean For us?

  • It is a picture of friendship with Jesus.
  • It is a picture of family of God.
  • It is a picture of forgiveness by faith.
  • It is a picture of faithfulness by depending on the Holy Spirit.

Who Should Be Baptized?

Salvation is from sin, both in desire and practice. God has sent his son to bear the penalty for your sins, so that you have forgiveness with God forever by faith. But he wants you to now walk in obedience to God because you are his child. And even though you will still sin, you will grow because of God’s grace in you. You should be baptized into the water in his name because you believe in him.

What happens when you get baptized?

You become a member of the visible church! When you get baptized the minister will say in response to your confession of faith in the gospel that he now baptizes you his brother or sister in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (The one God who exists in three persons). God is glorified in baptism, and you are blessed by faith.

Reformation Month 2024

Every October we celebrate Reformation Month by studying through a biography and/or doctrinal work related to the Protestant Reformation. This culminiates in a celebration on or near Oct. 31, in remembrance of the 1517 nailing of the 95 Theses on the Wittenburg Door.

This year the books that we will be commending to you include a biography on R.C. Sproul by Stephen J. Nichols, and a doctrinal work by Gabe Fluhrer on the five-solas of the Reformation.

R.C. Sproul: A Life

by Stephen J. Nichols

The Beauty of Divine Grace

by Gabriel N.E. Fluhrer