Our History 



Celebrate and Anticipate!

On October 5 - 6, 2013, we celebrated Woodhaven's 25th anniversary. Church members and friends throughout the years gathered for a lively weekend of fellowship and worship. 

We anticipate the next 25 years of growing and serving the southwest Wake community and beyond. Join us!



Did you know?

  • On September 8, 1985. we began meeting at the MacGregor Downs Teen Room. The Teen Room was located beside a tennis court. On Sundays, we could hear the tennis balls being served rhythmically back and forth on the court.
  • We changed our name to Woodhaven Baptist Fellowship and registered our first members on September 15, 1985.
  • On May 31, 1986, we moved to the RealMark Center at the entrance to Lochmere on Kildaire Farm Road. The meeting room had a capacity of about 50. There we began to furnish our beautiful little sanctuary and the 2 or 3 Sunday School classrooms.
  • We called our first full-time pastor, Revered Tony Cartledge on October 28, 1988. Tony soon became "Reverend Doctor," earning the PhD degree from Duke University.
  • We contracted to build Phase 1 of our church campus in October 1989. We occupied the building on February 3, 1991. It had 10 classrooms, a small nicely equipped kitchen, and two offices. The sanctuary would seat about 200 and the baptistry was under the pulpit. It is now covered over by the stage in the multipurpose room.
  • Woody's Diner began as "The Car Hop" a youth fund raiser in 1991. It remains a popular annual fund raiser by and for our youth mission projects.
  • Woodhaven began televising our 11am worship service bi-weekly on Lighthouse TV Network in 1997 for an initial six-month period.
  • Woodhaven established the Bob Goode Scholarship Fund in 1997. Bob and his wife, Eloise, joined Woodhaven in 1989. Bob's work and church life centered around Christian children's education. He died on January 12, 1998. The fund initially supported special needs in our Weekday Preschool. Later, it was focused on college-bound Woodhaven high school seniors.
  • Our handbell choirs were organized in 1992.
  • In 1998, Reverend Jeff G. Roberts covenanted with Woodhaven as interim minister following the resignation of Reverend Doctor Tony Cartledge, who became the editor of the Biblical Recorder.
  • We dedicated our new sanctuary on February 3, 2002.  Woodhaven's three building campus was completed in 12 years.
  • In 2005, Woodhaven began organizing a School of the Arts, providing opportunities for children, youth and adults to develop musical talents.
  • In March 2007, Woodhaven began a 9:15 a.m. contemporary Sunday service.
  • We celebrated the 20th anniversary of our constitution as Woodhaven Baptist Church January 13, 2008. Following the special service, there was a catered meal for about 300 guests, served in a beautiful heated white tent. The cold and rain could not dampen our spirits for celebration and thanksgiving.
  • Our 20th Anniversary history report listed over 140 Woodhaven mission projects/ programs. We are steadily adding to the list by supporting the NC Baptist Men Dental Van, Wounded Warriors, supporting a mission in Cuba, and participating in many other missions to reach across a broad spectrum of needs. Woodhaven on Missions has always involved all age groups.