GA Jones

Wake Missionary Baptist Association, Inc.

       Standing Firm On The Eternal Word Of God In Shifting Times (Isaiah 40:8)     

Reverend James Clanton 

Senior Pastor

Wake Baptist Grove MBC

Garner North Carolina 27529


Reverend Dr. James S. Utley

Senior Pastor

Malaby's Crossroad MBC

Knightdale, North Carolina 27545


Our Moderators

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 

Second-Vice Moderator 

Third-Vice Moderator 

Fourth-Vice Moderator 

Reverend Joyce Pulley-Hinton

Senior Pastor

Loving Word MBC

Raleigh, North Carolina 27610


First-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.


Second-Vice Moderator Reverend Joyce Pulley-Hinton has been involved in Christian ministry for more
than 30 years. Initially, she ministered through singing and teaching the Gospel. She accepted God's call
to preach the Gospel in 1993 and was ordained in 1998. Making history on both occasions by becoming
the first woman to be licensed and ordained in the one hundred and eight-year history of her home
church, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina.
After serving as Associate Minister for eight years at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, under the
leadership of Reverend P. R. Jones, the Lord led Rev. Pulley- Hinton to launch out into the deep. She is
the founding visionary pastor of Loving Word Missionary Baptist Church of Raleigh, North Carolina,
which opened its doors February 3, 2002, declaring “It’s All about Jesus.”
Rev. Pulley-Hinton loves the Lord! Her greatest desire is that she please God and that He be glorified in
whatever she does. Her favorite scripture is Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together
for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

Pastor Pulley-Hinton is:
 1999 honor graduate of Shaw University Divinity School, Raleigh, North Carolina.
 Shepherd of the first church in the Association under the leadership of a woman pastor. (2004)
 First woman to preach at the Mid-Year Session of the WMBA. (2009)
 The first woman in the WMBA to build a church from the ground up, Loving Word
Missionary Baptist Church, dedicating the edifice in June 2014.
 A member of the Executive Board of (WMBA) and currently serves on the Ordination Council.

Thrid-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.

Reverend Dr. G. A. Jones, Jr.

Senior Pastor

Faith MBC

Raleigh, North Carolina 27603


Reverend Keith R. Hicks 

Senior Pastor

Revelation Missionary Baptist Church

Raleigh North Carolina 27601



Fourth-Vice Moderator Reverend Keith R. Hicks accepted the call to the Gospel Ministry of Christ in April of 2006, was licensed in December 2006, and ordained on May 31, 2009 at Faith MBC. On September 03, 2013, Reverend Hicks accepted the call to serve as Pastor elect of Revelation Missionary Baptist Church and was installed as the Pastor of RMBC on December 15, 2013.

He is a:

  • High School Graduate of Athens Drive Senior High School
  • A Distinguished Graduate and 1992 Veteran of the United States Army
  • An alumnus of Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC, with an AA Degree in Economics and a BA in Business Administration.
  • An alumnus of Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, with a MA Degree in Theology, concentrating on Church Ministry.
  • He will soon earn his Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA, concentrating on Young Adutls aged 25-45.







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