John B. Carpenter

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John B. Carpenter (born 1964) is a former missionary and the founding pastor of Covenant Reformed Baptist Church, as well as the author of many scholarly articles on Christian history and ethics.


Dr. Carpenter attended Samford University where he earned his bachelor's degree. He subsequently attended Fuller Theological Seminary where he received a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he earned a Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree. Afterwards, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in church history studying Puritanism at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.[1]


Further: Covenant Reformed Baptist Church

Dr. Carpenter is the pastor of Covenant Reformed Baptist Church, which professes a commitment to evangelism and three distinctives: being "Reformed", "Inter-racial" and "Active".[2] He was called to be pastor by the congregation during its formation in November 2008.[3] In early 2009 the new church purchased the gymnasium originally built for the Piedmont Academy, a now defunct segregated school at 6611 Old Highway 86 North in Providence, North Carolina, which has since served as it's main facility.[4]

Personal views and beliefs

Dr. Carpenter believes that the purpose of a ministry is to strive to present the gospel clearly at all times, and to make a life with Jesus Christ at its center the key focus of every congregant. Some of his sermons are available through YouTube and at the church's web-site.[5]

Publications and works

He is the author of "The Fourth Great Awakening Or Apostasy: Is American Evangelicalism Cycling Upwards Or Spiraling Downwards?" and various other articles.[6]


  1. "Church refurbishes Providence Gym, since purpose in 2009", The Caswell Messenger, July 2011. Covenant Reformed Baptist Church pamphlet.
  2. Covenant Reformed Baptist Church pamphlet
  3. "New Church Forms and Expands," The Caswell Messenger, November 12, 2008, p. 11.
  4. "Covenant opens new building in Providence," The Caswell Messenger, March 2009.
  5. Youtube Video
  6. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 44/4 (December 2001) 647–70.