We strive to share the gospel with our community believers and unbelievers alike. Our goal is to create an environment of love where believers work together for the unity, improvement, discipline, and encouragement of each other as we grow in the image of Jesus, the Christ.
Reverend Asa L. Bell, Jr. has served as the senior pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church since 2006. Before accepting the call to Pleasant Grove, Pastor Bell served as Assistant to the Pastor and a member of the Board of Directors of Redeeming Love Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. Pastor Bell received a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration, and Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also received a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (cum laude) from Moody Theological Seminary, Chicago, Ill. He has also completed additional studies at Wake Forest University and Shaw University Divinity School.
Pastor Bell is the principal at The Law Offices of Asa L. Bell, Jr., P.A., where his practice focuses on alternative dispute resolution, including mediations and arbitrations. He has been included in “Best Lawyers in America” and has served on the Council for the NCBA Dispute Resolution Section, the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the Board of Directors of the Wake County Bar Association, the Board of Directors for the NC Justice Center, and as the president of the N.C. Association of Black Lawyers. Pastor Bell also serves on the Ordination Council for the Wake Missionary Baptist Association and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Pastor Bell and his wife Angela are the proud parents of two adult children, Asa, III, and Allison Christina.
Rev. Andrew Pearce settled and developed the church in the early 1800s with ex-slaves. Our first Church was located at Gillis Springs, in east Wendell. Later, Mr. Bill Richardson gave a plot of land designated for a church and a school. A crude hut was constructed on the site that is now the Carver Center of Eternal Hope (formerly Carver School). On September 1, 1903, the Church purchased more land and built the same year. In 1910, the building was destroyed by fire. We broke ground in 1948, and construction was completed on our current facility in the early 1950s. In 2007, the church purchased the former Carver School site with 2 buildings and 10 acres of land and currently operates community programs, church functions and administrative offices out of one of those buildings.
What We Believe
We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God and the basis for our doctrinal beliefs.
We believe that both the Old and New Testaments were inspired by God and are inerrant in the original writings. Through God’s providence, the Scriptures have been preserved and transmitted and are the authority in faith and life.
We believe that only one true and living God exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with a distinct personality but all of one essence.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He shed His blood on Calvary as a vicarious substitute, was buried, rose again bodily, and ascended to the Father.
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, co-eternal and co-existent with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is the chief agent in the regeneration of the soul, the convector of sin, and the believer’s comforter.
We believe that everyone who receives Christ as Savior and Lord must be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe that baptism by immersion is representative of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. We believe that the Church in remembrance of Christ should observe the Lord’s Supper to show His death for our sins until He returns.
We believe that all who in faith receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior are born again by the Holy Spirit and thus become the children of God. Salvation involves regeneration, redemption, sanctification, and glorification.
Priesthood of the Believer
We believe that every Christian has direct access to God in prayer through Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, and there is no mediator between God and man other than Jesus Chris