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About Us

Our History

In the year 1869, a group of black people saw a need for a place to worship for the people of the Omega and they organized the Jeter Chapel Baptist Church. The leaders of this effect were Henry Jeter, Austin Chappell, and Spencer Haymes. The church was named in honor of Henry Jeter and Austin Chappell.

The church held its worship service in what was called “Bush Harbor” until about 1880 at which time they purchased one acre of land from James and Fannie King and built a log church. In 1913 an additional acre was purchased from Alfred and Nannie Barksdale and a modern frame building was built. It is believed that this was done under the leadership of Rev. Hendren, In 1953 two acres of land were purchased from Frances Tucker's estate. In 1955 the church building burned down, and a portion of the present building was erected.

Today, our church is standing even through the most challenging seasons, which caused the

church to change its worship location to outside premises and through social media. (COVID 19).

This has caused our church to engage in millennial technology and now we are growing even more, spreading God's word to the parishioners and community. Today, we are reaching people where they are. "A rural church with a global anointing.”

Meet Our Pastor


Dr. William E. Purvis

  • Currently serving as an Exceptional Children (EC) Teacher for Granville County Public School System.

  • Certified Family Treatment Counselor with Pinnacle Family Services in Raleigh, NC

  • Member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, INC

  • Member of the NAACP

  • Member of Vance County Ministerial Council

  • Member of Vance County Black Caucus

  • Fayetteville State Alumni Association, Fayetteville.

  • Payne Theological Seminary Alumni, Wilberforce, Ohio

Dr. Purvis is currently completing his first children's book which has been dedicated to children with mental health challenges. Dr. Purvis's passion is bridging the gap between mental illness and the church. A vocal point of his teaching is to bring clarity between mental illness versus demonic forces. Dr. Purvis believes in reaching people where they are.

Dr. William E. Purvis is a native of Brooklyn. New York and cur­rently serves as the Pastor of Jeter Chapel Baptist Church, South Boston, Virginia, and chief operator of "Keeping it R.E.A.L. (Reaching Every Area of Life)" Ministries. From his mother's womb, God commissioned Dr. Purvis to preach the Gospel. From his youth, he has believed, preached, and practiced the truth of the Gospel by walking with integrity and demonstrating compassion for God's people. He believes that the church should be the thermostat of its community and envisions setting the spiritual temperature through the Word of God by bringing restoration to the captive and empowerment to the body of Christ.

Dr. Purvis' education has equipped him to be a Transformational Leader. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Fayetteville State University; his Master of Divinity degree from Shaw University Divinity School; and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Payne Theological Seminary.

Dr. Purvis is a well-known national transformational leader that strives to make a difference in local communities as well as globally. During his ministerial years, he accumulated experience in the Baptist, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Interdenominational, and Non-Denominational Churches. He completed two years at the Joint College of African American and Pentecostal Bishops, under the leadership of Archbishop J.Delano Ellis and has served on the Board of Bishop's. Kingdom Council of Interdependent Christian Churches and Ministries; San Antonio. Texas, Bishop Michael Copeland as the Presiding Prelate.

Dr. Purvis is a God-fearing man, filled with an affable spirit. His surefire love to serve and mentor, are strong attributes that describes his character. He believes in sharing to the world the "Truth and Nothing but the Truth," but through biblical truths. His enthusiasm, energy. and strong sense of humor allow him to demonstrate, explain, and compound the Word of God in its simplest form; bringing it to life so that followers and other Godly seekers could understand.

Dr. Purvis currently serves as a Family Clinician. His previous employment has been with the North Carolina Literacy Council for Juvenile Delinquents in Raleigh. North Carolina. Re-entry Case Manager in Raleigh, North Carolina where he served Vance County. Parent/Teacher Liaison Coordinator with Durham County Public School System, North Carolina Department of Public Safety as a Probation/Pa­role Officer, Qualified Professional Mental Health Counselor, and Educational Instructor teaching Bibli­cal Studies, World History, United States and World History, Civics & Economics, and African American Studies.

Our Staff


Deloris Suitt, Executive Administrator




Earnest Boxley, Chairman Of Deacons

Service times/location

Please join us every Tuesday night at 8:00 PM for online prayer:
Number: 605-472-5489 CODE: 128720#

Please join us every Wednesday night at 7:00 PM for Bible Study on Facebook:
Jeter Chapel Baptist Church

Please join us Every Sunday at 11:30 AM for a worship experience on Facebook:
Jeter Chapel Baptist Church

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(434) 572-6522


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1237 Virgie Cole Rd, South Boston, Va. 24592

Executive Administrator

Deloris Suitt


Phone: (434) 476-2873

Cell Phone: (434) 470-0345

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