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Welcome Ride Was Held October 1-7, 2023


CBF of North Carolina’s Welcome Ride was held in October 2023 to raise awareness and funds for the Welcome House Community Network (WHCN).

On October 1-7, CBFNC Executive Coordinator Larry Hovis cycled for seven days from the North Carolina mountains to the coast as part of the state-wide 2023 Cycle North Carolina ride. Building on our existing partnership with CBF field personnel, Marc and Kim Wyatt, in 2020, CBFNC established the Welcome Network as a signature missions program of CBFNC, with a goal to establish Welcome House ministries in every North Carolina city and town, providing a tangible expression of the call to love the stranger and to invite them into God’s beloved community as a neighbor. The money raised during Welcome Ride will be used by CBFNC to grow our ability to support and empower congregations across our state to engage in ministries of welcome in their communities.

“I truly believe the Welcome Network is transformative for our churches, our state and the Kingdom. That’s why I’m asking for your support of Welcome Ride 2023, as I ride 469 miles by bicycle, across our state, from the mountains to the coast,” said Larry Hovis, CBFNC executive coordinator.


2 ways to get involved 

  1. Make a donation to support Larry’s team and Welcome Ride. Give online HERE or mail a check to CBFNC, 2640 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. Our fundraising goal is $40,000 in honor of the 40 Welcome House ministries currently in our state and beyond. Donations will be collected through October 31, 2023.
  2. See updates from Larry and his Welcome Ride team as they biked from the mountains to the coast on CBFNC’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
*MATCHING DONOR* Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, all gifts to Welcome Ride 2023 will be matched up to $20,000.


Click HERE to read about the Welcome House Community Network.

Welcome Ride 2023 Route

Day 1 (Sunday, October 1):  Banner Elk to Wilkesboro – 58 miles
Day 2 (Monday, October 2):  Wilkesboro to Winston-Salem – 67 miles
Day 3 (Tuesday, October 3):  Winston-Salem to Mebane – 74 miles
Day 4 (Wednesday, October 4):  Mebane to Henderson – 65 miles
Day 5 (Thursday, October 5):  Henderson to Tarboro – 70 miles
Day 6 (Friday, October 6):  Tarboro to Kinston – 63 miles
Day 7 (Saturday, October 7):  Kinston to Emerald Isle – 72 miles

Stories of Welcome

Greenville Churches Collaborate to Establish New Welcome House

In the two years since the CBFNC Welcome Ride made a stop at the apartment complex owned by Oakmont Baptist Church in Greenville, the newest and easternmost Welcome House is just opening there. The dream that began then is now a reality.

Read more.




Welcome Network is About More Than Housing

The CBFNC Welcome House Community Network is about more than providing housing. It’s about prioritizing relational ministry that invites people to face challenges together, to work in ways that allow neighbors to form lasting relationships and to provide support to vulnerable neighbors that does not dismiss material needs but moves beyond them. One of the ways the network supports new neighbors is through English as a Second Language classes (ESL).

Read more.



Church Hopes to Welcome Neighbors Through Affordable Housing

As Welcome Ride 2023 concludes, the hope and vision for expanding the Welcome House Community Network (WHCN) grows. The funds raised during the Welcome Ride campaign will be used by CBFNC to grow our ability to support and empower congregations across our state to engage in ministries of welcome in their communities. Gifts to the campaign will enable CBFNC to help churches like First Baptist Church, Mount Olive that has a bold vision to convert abandoned homes near the church into affordable housing. The task is large but the impact it would make is greater.

Read more.

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