Dr. Joseph Washburn is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Whiteville. Dr. Washburn and his wife, Angela, moved to Whiteville in August of 2017. Dr. Washburn is a graduate of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education and Columbia Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity degree and then later his Doctor of Ministry degree. In his 21 years of ordained ministry Dr. Washburn has served as pastor of Topsail Presbyterian Church, Banner Elk Presbyterian Church, and Culdee Presbyterian Church prior to becoming pastor at First Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Washburn and his wife have been married for nearly 28 years. His wife Angela is a Certified Christian Educator who continues to serve as the Director of Christian Education for Pocket Presbyterian Church in Sanford, NC. They have two children: their daughter Hannah, and her husband Nate, live in Williamsburg, VA while their son, Jacob, is currently in Southern Pines, NC. In March Dr. Washburn and his wife look forward to the birth of their first grandchild.