About Rise

Because Christ Rose -- Rise Church exists to see people, families, and communities RISE to a new life, with a new hope, and a new purpose.



The Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed.
2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12,13

The Godhead

We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections.
Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14

The Person & Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead . We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, he fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate.
John 1:1, 2, 14; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:17; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25, 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2


We believe that Man is created in the image and likeness of God. They are the crowning work of His creation, worthy of love, dignity, and respect regardless of matters like age, race, gender and class. In Adam, all mankind fell into sin with the result that all men inherited a sinful nature, became alienated from God, and all of creation was fractured. Men are justly condemned to eternal judgment and can do nothing to merit salvation.
Rom. 2:2,3,5; Eph. 2:8,9; Gen. 1:27, 9:6; Rom. 5:12; 3:23; Eph. 2:1


We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.
Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-10; John 1:12; 1 Peter 1:18-19

Assurance of Believers

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever . We believe that it is the privilege of believers in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh.
John 6:37, 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38, 39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:5; Romans 13:13, 14; Galatians 5: 13; Titus 2:11-15

Spiritual Gifts

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop their sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor do they prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of a deep spiritual experience . We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted . We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to them.
1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13; Ephesians 4:7-8; John 15:7; 1 John 5:14, 15; Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10-11

The Church

We believe that the Church universal, is comprised of all believers, including all of the redeemed through the ages and those from every tribe, tongue, people and nation. The church locally, is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ (believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper), governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. The church is the body and bride of Christ and meant to be a reconciling force in the world for making disciples.
Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42, 47; 15:1-30; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 9:13-14; 12:4-13:27; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 5:24-30; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 3:1-15; Titus 1:5-9; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3

Baptism & The Lord's Supper

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead.

The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12



Joe Maye grew up in Roanoke Rapids, NC before moving to Raleigh where he attended undergraduate and graduate school at North Carolina State University earning degrees in Sport Management, Parks & Recreation, and Public Administration.  Joe also completed an Mdiv in Church Planting through Capital Seminary.  

He is married to Duncan Maye and they have 3 children: Reese, Elsie Jo, and Amos.  The Mayes have lived in Winston-Salem since 2011 and feel blessed to call this city home.






Through King Jesus we have been given a new identity as God's Children and a new place in God's Family.  

We will seek to find rest and joy through our identity in Christ.

We will seek to make this identity in Christ the truth that empowers and sustains our purpose and calling.




Through King Jesus' work on the Cross, we know what love is and the power it holds.

 We are committed to sacrificially loving one another within our Kingdom community.

We are committed to sacrificially loving and serving our neighbor.





Through King Jesus, this world will one day be fully renewed.

As citizens of Jesus' Kingdom, we will seek to reach and disciple the lost so that they can see true renewal in their lives.  

As citizens of Jesus' Kingdom, we will proclaim and portray Kingdom values in anticipation of the promised ultimate renewal of our city.