About us

What we believe


God in three persons

We believe the scriptures teach that there is one true living God who has chosen to reveal Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.



We believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God. In the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son, made of woman, made under law, to redeem them that were under the law. In Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.



We believe that man is a sinful being in need of redemption. We believe in repentance to God, confessing ourselves as sinners, receiving forgiveness through the Lord Jesus Christ and His blood atonement for sinners, witnessed by a definite change from sin to righteousness.


Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is given to believers that ask for it, and is evidenced by the fruit and gifts of the Spirit.

About our pastor

Overseer J. Troy Blackwell,  a native of Reidsville, North Carolina who now abides in Providence, NC.  Licensed by the Oak Grove Baptist Church in 1991 under the Leadership of Dr. Anthony Copeland and ordained by the Sharon Baptist Association and its Allied bodies in June 1996. Former Pastor of the Lebanon Grove Baptist Church in Gatesville, North Carolina. Pastor Blackwell retired from 21 years active service for the US Navy in 2002. He completed undergraduate studies at St. Leo University with a BA Degree in Religious Studies with a Minor in Sociology. Formally, he served as Co-chairman of the Family Life Conference in the city of Hampton, VA in partnership with the Gethesemane Baptist Church  of Newport News. He is a member of the Hampton University Minister’s Conference and a lifetime member of the Nansemond / Suffolk NAACP. The last twelve years of his military career, his ministry was characterized by tremendous opportunities to preach and teach in diverse situations among many diverse individuals. He organized and developed preaching and teaching ministries onboard ship and shore facilities where The Lord allowed him to preach, teach and evangelize on four different continents; sharing Pastoral and preaching responsibilities with assigned Navy Chaplains in La Maddelena, Italy; preaching alternately at the 11:00 A.M. Protestant Chapel service. He was the founder of  the Friday Night Gospel Fellowship there…an interdenominational, interracial, intercultural fellowship. For three years he served as the State Director and West Central District Director of Christian Education for the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. Currently, he serves as the District Overseer of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship of NC Central District.  He is founder and Pastor of Freedom for Living Ministries, Yanceyville, NC, where the motto was “every member is a minister.” (Freedom for Living Ministries has now merged with of Cedar Grove Tabernacle of Praise). His partner in marriage (30 yrs) and ministry is Kimberly Wilson Blackwell of Danville, VA.. They have been blessed with two gifted and wonderful children; Joshua, 22 and Bethany, 15.

His main goal is “winning souls of all denominations to Christ”.

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