The first church I was privileged to serve was a little country church in Johnson County, North Carolina. It was five miles outside of Four Oaks, NC which is a little town not far from Smithfield, NC. Actually we called it Three Oaks and a Stump. On a county road not far from Benson, NC sat the little white church named Burnell Baptist Church. It was only a short distance to Burnell Creek and thereby the name for the church.