About Us

Meet Our Pastor David Fuentes

David was born and raised in Athens, Georgia.  His formative years were shaped by his participation as a member at Covenant Presbyterian Church where he learned the importance of community and inter-generational ministry.  David graduated from Cedar Shoals High School in 2005 and became the youth minister at Oconee Presbyterian Church. After serving as the youth minister, David enrolled as an undergraduate student at Piedmont College.  While in college, David studied Industrial and Organizational Psychology and discovered that he has a passion for understanding and developing relationships within organizations.

In 2011, David enrolled as a graduate student at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.  He graduated in May 2014 with a Masters in Divinity.  During his last year in seminary, David was hired as the youth minister at Oakhurst Presbyterian Church.  He served as the youth minister for three and a half years, where his background in Organizational Psychology helped him develop his unique style of relationship ministry, which enabled him to grow the Oakhurst Youth Group from 9 youth to 40 youth. 

David married his wife, Jean, on August 2, 2014.  They have been living in Decatur with their dog, Frida.  David and Jean are ecstatic about their move to New Bern and are excited for their new chapter of ministry and growing together in Christ with West New Bern Presbyterian Church


About us

West New Bern Presbyterian Church is an active congregation.  We seek to serve God with energy and enthusiasm as we grow together in Christ.

We strive to be an open, inclusive church that welcomes all people to worship and work with us.

There are a variety of opportunities to grow – worship services, bible studies, church school, an active youth program, circles, church outings and six sessional committees.

As Christ’s disciples we are charged to “go out” into the world – our local mission efforts include Habitat for Humanity, Religious Community Services, Coastal Women’s Shelter, Meals on Wheels, CROP Walk, MERCI Clinic, and Interfaith Refugee Ministry.


In 1946, Albemarle Presbytery purchased land at the corner of Chattawka Lane and Lucerne Way in the Colonial Heights housing development. Rev. R. T. Baker from Kings Mountain Presbytery was called to organize the new church.  The Bakers arrived November 14, 1947 and led the first Sunday School meeting in the recreation room of the nearby Dr. Pepper Bottling Plant. There were 16 present for Sunday School and 37 present for Worship.


We are located at 1701 Lucerne Way, New Bern, North Carolina 28560.

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Work continued and a church was organized May 8, 1948 at 3:00pm in the Dr. Pepper Plant.  The name West New Bern Presbyterian Church was chosen. There were 28 charter members. After extensive work, a building was constructed at the present site at a cost of $15,000.  The church continued to grow and in June 1960, a new Educational Building was completed.  In 1966, the present Sanctuary was constructed and tied into the other buildings.

The church has transitioned through the decades and now serves as a hub for people from all walks of life that are seekers of the way. In recent years we have transitioned to a multicultural church as New Bern has continued to become more diverse, with a variety of ethnic groups living in close proximity to the church.

We thank God for the past and look forward to the future as God continues to bless the ministry of West New Bern Presbyterian Church.

What we believe

We are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA), a church with roots in the Protestant Reformation.  We affirm the sovereignty of God, the Lordship of Jesus Christ and central importance of the Scriptures in shaping our lives and our life together.

In our governance and in our theology, we are guided by a two-part constitution: the Book of Confessions and the Book of Order. The Book of Confessions is a collection of creeds, catechisms and theological statements, rooted in Scripture, which helps us understand who God is, and how we are to live as God’s people.

While the Book of Order is largely concerned with organization and order, it also reminds us why the church exists. The first chapter affirms that the great ends of the church are the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; the maintenance of divine worship; the preservation of the truth; the promotion of social righteousness; and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.