Pastor Eddie Peterson
“I was raised in Rocky Mount, NC, by parents who took me to church on a regular basis. At age eleven I trusted Christ as my Savior. During my formative years, I was elected president of my teen group at Falls Road Baptist Church. While serving in this capacity under the direction of my pastor Rev. W.D. Hamrick, the Lord began to burden my heart for the ministry.”
Pastor Peterson has earned a Bachelor of Religious Education and a Bachelor of Theology. He met Linda Gail in college, and she became the love of his life. They were married in 1965 and together have served the Lord for over fifty-two years. Colossians 3:17 is their goal for both marriage and ministry.
In 1969 the leaders of the newly formed Friendship Baptist Church felt led of God to organize a Christian school. In God’s providence they contacted his college, looking for a young couple who would help bring this desire to fruition. Pastor Peterson became the administrator, youth pastor, and minister of music, and Gail became the first teacher. What started small, with only ten students, has been used of the Lord to help hundreds of teens begin life with a solid Christian education.
Over the years Pastor Peterson has served in a variety of positions: pastor, youth pastor, minister of music, school administrator, and associate pastor. He and his wife are the proud parents of Michael Peterson and Angela Hurst, both graduates of FCS, who are both married and serving the Lord faithfully. They are especially proud of their four grandchildren, Caitlin, Caleb, Andrew, and Jessica.
Pastor Peterson enjoys spending time with his wife and family, particularly the grandchildren. He likes biking and working in his workshop. Their mutual passion is to serve the Lord faithfully until He returns or takes them home to Heaven.