A friend of a friend-Chris Hunt-Michael Cummings-December 9

One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for December 9, 2015.

My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.

On Monday UNC Pembroke dedicated with a ribbon cutting the Entrepreneurship Incubator located on Main Street in Pembroke, NC.


On hand for the ceremony were lots of dignitaries including elected officials from the region including Charles Graham, Jane Smith, Tom McInnis, and Ken Goodman. Also in attendance were staffers from US House of Representative Richard Hudson and Senator Thom Tillis.

Another person as part of the overflow crowd was former Congressman Mike McIntyre who spent some time with a mutual friend the Reverend Michael Cummings.

Mike McIntyre

On May 7 2009 Congressman Mike McIntyre introduced Michael Cummings to Congress on the National Day of Prayer. He told members of Congress that thru his ministry, Mike Cummings has made a difference in changing hearts and building a better community.

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Michael Cummings grew up in Pembroke NC across the street from the university. He went on to attend Campbell University and while in school became and ordained minister.

Michael grew up in a family of sharecroppers during a time when farming was done by hand and mules. He knows the value of hard work. His family grew their own food and raised chickens, pigs, and cows. He grew up in essence in a family business.

In 1987 he became the executive Director of the Burnt Swamp Association. In 2000 he became the first American Indian to lead the North Carolina State Baptist Convention. The State Convention serves over 1 million Southern Baptist in a number of states.


On Monday Michael Cummings and former Congressman Mike McIntyre were together celebrating a facility that hopes to give people of all races a chance to see the color green by creating new jobs. It is a facility that hope to create business.

Michael Cummings knows that it takes a lot of people to minister to a community. Creating new business ideas is one part of that. Another important part is taking care of people’s spiritual needs and one man that does a great job of that is Chris Hunt at Berea Baptist Church in Pembroke, NC


michael cummings

The Friend of the Friend – REV CHRIS HUNT-shown on far left

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Ministering to the University

Chris Hunt is the pastor at Berea Baptist Church. He is someone who I see regularly around campus. Often attending events of students who he has gotten to know through his ministry.

I do not attend Berea Baptist Church but during my association with UNC Pembroke I have attended a number of services there. A few weddings but mostly funerals.

Berea Baptist Church located east of UNC Pembroke

berea baptist church

Those events have galvanized me to the sense of family that church has not only with each other but the university.

From its beginnings, the members of Berea acknowledged the importance of its Church youth. The Church knew the youth were the future Church and religious leaders. Berea has always implemented a myriad of programs focusing on ministering to the youth including the university. The Church is located east of the campus of UNC-Pembroke. That location has them amongst their congregation faculty, staff, and especially the student body of UNCP.

Berea Baptist Church was constituted as a church in 1926. Its humble beginning started with the Burnt Swamp Baptist Association, an all-Indian association established in 1881 to promote the growth of Indian churches.

The Association was dedicated to the training of ministers within the Indian community.  This dedication led to the development of an Indian Orphanage in Pembroke.  Land for the school and orphanage was donated by Mr. E.L. Odum, a resident of Robeson County interested in the well-being of the Indian community.

The dedication of the Entrepreneurship Incubator was a big success. It won’t hurt that prayers from Michael Cummings and Chris Hunt are coming its way for great outcomes.


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