The following is the text of a news article that appeared in “The Church Chimes” sections of the Pineville Pioneer on October 5, 1983…
Rev. Walter Kirk has been the pastor of the South Charlotte Baptist Church for almost six years. The present church· site is located on 7½ acres at 12416 Lancaster Highway, south of Pineville, and has been there for one year. Previously, the independent Baptist congregation met at the Quail Hollow Junior High School for 4½ years.
Rev. Kirk was born in Salisbury, N.C. and raised in Washington, D. C. After graduating from high school, he attended UNC-Chapel Hill on a baseball scholarship for a year and a half. He dropped out of college to play professional baseball for the Dodgers and Red Socks organizations. Kirk played shortstop and second base during his tenure as a rookie. The now-famous Tommy Lasorda was a fellow rookie on the Dodger team.
After a tour of duty in the U.S. Marine Corps for just over a year, Kirk earned a B.S. in Physical Education at the University of Maryland.
At the age of 22, he became converted to Christ. Kirk was the vice president of the University of Maryland Christian Fellowship and directed several high school Bible clubs in the D. C. area.
Deciding that his life’s work would be in the ministry, Kirk finished his college education at Bob Jones University in Greenville; S. C., receiving a B.A. in Bible and an M.A . in Theology.
Rev. Kirk feels that the role of his church is to “win people to Christ and provide a spiritual training for members through Biblical preaching and teaching; to maintain the moral and spiritual values of the member; to take Biblical stands on current issues facing us today.”
The role of the Church as an entity in the world of 1983 is, in Kirk’s opinion, “a mission of evangelism of the lost – at home and around the world. To bring everyone we can to the saving knowledge of Christ.”
As for his personal beliefs, Kirk says, “I am a fundamentalist, which is essentially the verbal inspiration of the Bible: The virgin birth of Christ, the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross, His bodily resurrection from the dead and His premillenial return.”
“Put in the simplest form, I believe in the heart of the Christian faith – the fundamental doctrines,” Kirk said.
Rev. Kirk feels he was called to be a minister because his life “would be better invested in preaching the Gospel and serving Christ than continuing to play pro ball.” (He is still a baseball fan!)
The 80-member congregation is presently developing a sustaining choir. Kirk’s Assistant Pastor, Gary Cofty, is the director of youth programs and in charge of visitation.
Services are: Worship – 11 a.m., Sunday; Sunday School – 10 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship – 7 p.m.; Mid-week services – Wednesday – 7:30 p.m.
Rev. Kirk and his wife, Virginia, reside at 5816 Tillery Drive, Charlotte. They are the parents of three children: Donna, whose husband, Dennis Coates is a Baptist minister in Findlay, Ohio (daughter, Dena, is one year old); Daniel, a junior at Bob Jones University; and Jenny, residing at home.
Join South Charlotte Baptist Church on Sunday, October 8, 2017 as they celebrate 40 years of God’s faithfulness!