Falling Run Missionary Baptist Church

Cedar Creek Road (Highway 53)
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301
(910) 483-3822

(Founded in 1872)

Falling Run Missionary was founded in 1872 by the Rev William Devane. Rev. Devane and The First Baptist Church of Fayetteville expressed the desire and need of a church in east Cumberland County. Rev. Devane with the assistance of the Rev. Ransom Royal were successful in their efforts. The first sanctuary was located near the east bank of the Cape Fear River about three miles from its present location.

Rev. Devane began immediately to minister to both the spiritual and intellectual needs of the people by preaching the gospel under a brush shelter built by the people of the community. Later a frame building was erected with a membership of only nine. Allen McDaniel and Washington Evans was the first deacons of the Church. The members have worshiped in several structures, but in 1959 the current structure was completed.

Under numerous leaders the church has made many improvements-- installation of the air-conditioning unit, the purchase of a new piano, an addition of a large fellowship hall and Sunday School classrooms, the purchase of cemetery land, a baptistry with mural, an enlarged choir stand, and paving of the church parking lot.

Throughout its rich history, Falling Run Missionary Baptist Church has continued to move forward and strives to meet the varying needs of its membership in an ever-changing environment.