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Pastor J.B. and Susan Whitfield answered the call to start Agape Faith Church on March 7, 1982.

A church overflowing with love, strengthening the family, bettering the community, and affecting the world, where every member is a minister.

Pastor JB and Susan Whitfield

Pastor J.B. 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.


Pastor Whitfield is the President and 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 Triad Dream Center of Winston-Salem, NC which includes a substantial food pantry, clothing boutique and other assistance for the needy. He is the North Carolina State Director for Christians United for Israel, a pro-Israel organization with over 2 million members.


He also 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: The 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 and The Prevailing Principles of Prayer.


Pastor Whitfield holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion with a minor in Psychology, as well as a Masters in Theology.

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 Christians United For Israel.

Pastor Murray & Sue Kartanson

Executive Pastor

Pastor Murray first began attending Agape Faith Church in 2005. He has four children and seven grandchildren. Pastor Murray was born in Canada, and he’s also a certified pilot who has been on solo flights. His thirty-six year corporate experience as a vice-president of a $1 billion dollar construction products company as well as the president of a heavy highway contracting company has prepared him to serve in his role at Agape Faith Church as the Executive Pastor. His favorite scripture is Psalm 1:3 “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaves also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”

Pastor Robert & Marilyn Barr

Creative Arts Team / Impact University / Counseling Center

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 Michael & Belinda Watson

Student Ministries / Foreign Missions

Pastor Michael and Pastor Belinda both began attending Agape Faith Church in 2000. They have two adult children, Grant and Courtney. They love vacationing in the mountains and in small European towns. As our resident adventure seekers, they have both climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. Pastor Michael has driven NASCAR and Indy cars at over 150 MPH, and Pastor Belinda has competed in, and won, a Pepper eating contest.

Pastor Chris & Kristy Leab

Life Groups / Outreach

Pastor Chris and Kristy have been attending Agape Faith Church since the very first Sunday in 1982. Together, they have two lovely daughters and two grandchildren. On days off, they enjoy exploring our city for good food and coffee. Pastor Chris not only served our country as a Marine, but has also started several successful businesses. His only regret is that he never made it into the NBA.

Pastor Dallas & Mary Banks

United Youth

Pastor Dallas has been attending Agape Faith Church since 1997 and was ordained as a pastor in 2017. He’s been a part of AFC for so long that Pastor Whitfield likes to joke that he was basically born in the church lobby. He and his wife, Mary, have one son named August. Pastor Dallas and Mary enjoy family vacations to Disney World. A quote Pastor Dallas lives by: “Those who love cookies love life” – Otis Spunkmeyer.

Pastor David & Talitha Floyd

Healing Clinic / Healing School / Hospital Visits

Pastor David and Talitha began attending AFC in 2005. They have four children, ten grandchildren, and one great grandchild. David traveled to Israel alone to train with an Israeli anti terrorist unit and is a skilled Krav Maga practitioner. David and Talitha enjoy vacationing in the beach and mountains and visiting Blowing Rock on days off.

Pastor Greg & Michelle Penalver

Agape 5-0 Senior Group

The Penalvers lead our amazing Agape-5-O Senior group! They have been ordained by Through The World Ministries in New York. Pastor Greg has also served as security for President Nelson Mandela. They both enjoy singing and cruising to different islands.


We are a church overflowing with love and faith...


We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God...


Agape Faith Church held its first service on Sunday, March 7, 1982...