Wilson, North Carolina is a town of approximately 50,000 people located approximately at the intersection of Interstate 95 and US 264; approximately 45 minutes east of Raleigh, and 45 minutes west of Greenville.
One of the chanters at St. Mark the Evangelist Orthodox Mission Church in Raleigh is a native of Wilson, and he and Fr. Anastasios have stopped on many occasions to fill up on gas, see the sights, and eat at Parker’s Barbecue (so should you–Parker’s is amazing!), while driving between Raleigh and our Greenville, NC Orthodox Church, Nativity of the Holy Theotokos.
Every time they drive by Wilson, Father Anastasios prays for the people there that someone will discover the Orthodox faith and contact us. One vision of how this might work would be that the first few families could attend liturgy in Greenville as often as possible, and the other weekends hold reader’s services (services led by laypeople in the absence of a priest) the other weekends. Occasionally, Fr. Anastasios could stop by on his way back from Greenville and give a talk. This would help the Greenville parish, by increasing attendance, and it would plant the seeds for a parish to be formed in Wilson proper as God wills. We find that when people step out in faith, God sets the ball rolling in gloriously unexpected ways. Of course, we are open to whatever may unfold.
Do you live in Wilson, North Carolina? Are you beginning to learn about the Orthodox Christian faith, which is the original and true Church of Jesus Christ? Then don’t hesitate to contact us, and get involved today!