Agape Faith Church is a place where faith works by love. The first part of our mission is to be a church that overflows with love, and you can feel that as soon as you come in the doors. We are a church that is strengthening the family, bettering our community and affecting the world. We believe every member is a minister.
Pastor J.B. and Susan Whitfield answered the call to start Agape Faith Church (AFC) in Clemmons, NC on March 7, 1982. Through the years of ministry, God has truly blessed AFC and its vision to be a church "overflowing with love, strengthening the family, bettering the community, and affecting the world, where every member is a minister."
Pastor JB Whitfield
Pastor Whitfield is a man who ministers the uncompromising Word of God with boldness and enthusiasm. His love for people and God is evident in each dynamic message he preaches. Knowing where he was before Jesus came into his life, Pastor Whitfield ministers with joy, authority and experience on how the Word of God will change your life forever!
Today AFC is a diverse, growing and vibrant congregation of believers endeavoring to serve God and serve others in the Clemmons area.
Pastor Whitfield is the Founder of International Covenant Connections Fellowship (ICCF), a ministerial organization which focuses on leadership training for the five-fold public ministry as well as business leaders and entrepreneurs. He is the President and Founder of Impact University, a teaching and practical training Bible College headquartered in Clemmons, NC offering numerous degrees including pastoral, counseling and theology. He is the Founder of the Dream Center of Forsyth County which includes a substantial food pantry, clothing boutique and other assistance for those in need. He is the North Carolina State Director for Christians United for Israel, a pro-Israel organization with over 2 million members.
Pastor Whitfield serves as a Board Member for numerous ministries and churches throughout the United States, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.
He has authored several books including: A Daily Dose of Joy, This Joy That I Have, Salvation More Than Heaven, S.O.S. A Simple Outline for Soul Winning, and What To Do When Things Go From Bad to Worse. Small Group DVD curricula include: The Force of Joy, The Prevailing Principles of Prayer and The Olive and The Press.
Pastor Whitfield holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion with a minor in Psychology, as well as a Master of Theology degree. He also has a Doctorate of Pastoral Ministry from Impact University.
Pastor Susan Whitfield
Susan Whitfield has dedicated her life to prayer. Her lifestyle of prayer has positioned her to be used by God to impart into others this powerful gift. As Prayer Coordinator, she oversees all of the prayer groups at AFC. Susan teaches Prayer School, not only at AFC but also to other ministries and churches in the United States, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, where she is very active in assisting in the establishment of consistent prayer ministries. Susan is the North Carolina State Director for Daughters for Zion, the prayer support arm for the organization Christians United For Israel.
For 40+ years, Pastor J.B. and Susan Whitfield have been willing and able servants of God who have not only inspired multitudes to come to Christ, but also have continued to lead, teach and assist ministers to be the person God created them to be.
Pastor Murray Kartanson has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from N.C. State University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from Life Christian University, and a Masters of Theology degree from Impact University. Formerly the Vice President of a $1 Billion Construction Products Company and the President of a Division of a Heavy Highway Construction Company, Pastor Murray has over 35 years of business experience in leveraging and leading teams to record earnings, as well as positively influencing the individual's growth and success. He serves on the Board of Directors of several churches, non-profit organizations, and businesses.
Pastor Murray is a certified John Maxwell Coach, Trainer and Speaker, and DISC Consultant. He also teaches church administration, church finances, several Bible classes and Master's Thesis Prep at Impact University. He is a Congressional Liaison for Christians United for Israel. His responsibilities at AFC include financial oversight, human resources, security, information technology, facilities and custodial services, as well as overseeing the church's Ministry of Helps and Agape Men's Ministry. He and his wife Sue, a former registered nurse, have four children and currently seven grandchildren. They spend their free time with family and traveling together around the world, serving the Lord.
Pastor Barr began attending Agape Faith Church in 1996 after meeting his wife, Marilyn, who had been a member since 1985. They were married at the church in 1997. Pastor Barr feels as though the most courageous time in his life was running and serving on the school board here in Winston-Salem from 2014-2018. The position stretched him in many ways and he felt honored to serve our community. The couple both enjoy music and Pastor Barr likes to brag that he is able to play Country Roads on guitar.
Pastor Dossie and Gladys began attending Agape Faith Church in 2000 and Pastor Dossie came on staff as our Connections/ Life Groups pastor in 2020. Pastor Dossie Worked for over 35 years in education as a teacher, coach and administrator.
Together, Dossie and Gladys have two children, Joshua and Jodi. They enjoy riding bicycles together and their favorite places to ride are Hilton Head Island, The Creeper Trail in VA, and Bur-Mil park. Pastor Dossie’s favorite authors are Patrick Lencioni and John Grisham.
Pastor Jeremy has been involved in ministry since 2010 in different areas serving the body of Christ. Most of his time in the ministry has been spent counseling individuals, couples, families, and those dealing with addiction and mental health. He is currently the Director of Family Life Counseling, where our vision is to walk with individuals toward lasting change.
Pastor Jeremy and his wife, Ximena, became involved with AFC through Impact University and became members in 2013. They have been married for 25 years and have two amazing sons, Lucas and Mason. Pastor Jeremy loves spending time with his family and playing basketball with his sons. He has never met a stranger and enjoys talking and getting to know people. He also has a love for history, old architecture, and classic cars.
Our BeliefsWhat we believe serves as the foundation of our faith. Although our approach is modern, what we believe is tried and true. Our methods may change, but these are the foundational beliefs we'll always hold on to as a church.
The Bible is the inspired Word of God.
- II Timothy 3:16
- I Thessalonians 2:13
- II Peter 1:21
Salvation is a free gift.
- Ephesians 2:8.
Man’s fall and redemption.
All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Jesus Christ was manifested to redeem and restore man back to God.
- Romans 3:9-10,23
- I John 3:8
- Galatians 3:13-14
Baptism in water by immersion.
- Matthew 28:19
- Romans 6:4
- Colossians 2:12
- Acts 8:36-39
When Jesus comes, the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.
- Acts 1:11
- I Thessalonians 4:16-17
Divine healing is provided for in the atonement and the privilege of every believer.
- Mark 16:18
- James 5:14-20
- I Peter 2:24
- Matthew 8:17
- Isaiah 53:4-5
We partake of the Lord's Supper to show the Lord's death till He comes.
- I Corinthians 11:23-31
- Isaiah 53:5
- I Corinthians 11:24-30
- Hebrews 9
- For anointing/ordination - I Timothy 4:14
- As a blessing - Mark 10:13-16
- For healing - Mark 5:22-23, 41
- Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a supernatural gift following salvation, with the initial evidence of praying in another language. Jesus is our baptizer in the Holy Ghost.
- Matt 3:11
- Luke 11:13
- Acts 1:8
- Acts 2:1-4
- Acts 8:14-17
- Our faith is built up as we pray in tongues.
- Jude 20
- 1 Corinthians 14:4
- Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. When you pray in tongues, you edify yourself. In fact, you are actually building or repairing “your house,” or your temple.
- Acts 19:1-6
- The union of marriage is a holy covenant established between one man, one woman and God.
- Gen 2:22-24
- Mal 2:14-15
- Matt 19:4-6
- Mark 10:6-8
- Eph 5:31