Who We Are

Our mission is to love and lead everyone we meet into an everyday walk with Christ!

Our Values

Our Mission Measures

Walk Obediently
Worship Passionately
Witness Consistently

Our Strategies


Our Beliefs

Our Pastor

Dr. Mike Whitson has served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Indian Trail since April 1, 1983. During his ministry here, the church has grown to over 7,000 members. Nearly 8,000 people have been baptized at FBCIT during Dr. Whitson’s ministry.

“Preacher Mike,” as he is affectionately known, deeply loves the Bible because he knows it has the power to transform lives and guide anyone through any situation. He has a God-given ability to communicate the message of the Gospel with great clarity through straightforward Biblical preaching. He shares the Word with great sincerity and candid application as he encourages his audience to deepen their walk with Christ.

Dr. Whitson graduated from North Greenville Junior College and Furman University. He attended Erskine Theological Seminary and has received honorary doctorates from both North Greenville University and Liberty University. He held two pastorates in South Carolina prior to coming to FBCIT.

During Dr. Whitson’s tenure at FBCIT, he has led several building programs, a complete renovation and an addition to the Worship Center. Under his leadership, Metrolina Christian Academy was started in 1992 and now has over 1,600 students. He founded two satellite campuses — East Campus in Marshville, NC and Restoration Church of the Carolinas in Fort Mill, SC — which are both thriving and within 45 minutes of the Main Campus. Preacher Mike remains committed to First Baptist Church Indian Trail to do whatever is necessary to reach our world for Christ.

Though he has led ministry efforts around the world, he would quickly tell you that his most important ministry is his family. He has been married to Kathy, his childhood sweetheart, for over 50 years. They have two children and five grandchildren.

Meet Our TEAM

Our School

Metrolina Christian Academy (MCA) is one of the premier private Christian schools in North Carolina and a ministry of First Baptist Church Indian Trail.

MCA was established in 1992 and is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Serving over 1,400 students from infants to twelfth grade, MCA offers a vibrant community which cultivates Christ-centered lives, a Biblical worldview, academic excellence, and attention to the individual needs of students. MCA is staffed with teachers who are called and committed to Christian education, enjoy working with students, and go above and beyond to see students find success as they develop in all areas (academic, spiritual, social/emotional and physical). A wide variety of classes and programs are offered to accomplish these goals.

Metrolina Christian Academy would be excited to serve you in making the best school choice for your family. Start your journey to learn more about our campus by visiting our website at www.metrolinachristian.org. You may also contact us to schedule a Virtual Meet and Greet or Virtual Guided Tour: admissionsteam@fbcit.org or 704-882-3375.  

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