Mt. Pisgah was founded in 1905 by the following persons and their families: Mrs. Hattie Washington, Mrs. Martha Gilchrist, Mrs. Lela T. Bell, Mrs. Florence Gregg, Mrs. Anna Harrison, Mr. Waiters Harrison, and Mr. Leroy Grainger. Worship services were held under a tree on Georgetown Street. Later, the small congregation moved to a house. It was during a prayer service that the hymn “Sweet Hour of Prayer” was being led by Mrs. Washington. Upon singing the third verse: (Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, May I thy consolation share, Till from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height, I view my home and take my flight.), Mrs. Washington was inspired to name our church, Mt. Pisgah.
Among the pastors who served for an undetermined period of time were Rev. Timmons, Rev. Dicks, Rev. Frieson Lewis, Rev. Brooks, and Rev. Jordan. Some of our early deacons were Dea. Bright,
Dea. Waiters Harrison, Dea. Tom Watkins, Dea. Seymore White, Dea. Gilchrist and Dea. Lasane. The first Chairman of the Trustee Board was Mr. Amos Harrison. It was during these years that a wooden church was built on Dixon Street.
Under Rev. Jordan, our membership grew and a Senior Choir was organized under the leadership of Mr. Paul Howell as Head Chorister, Mr. Leroy Grainger as assistant and Mrs. Lela T. Bell as pianist. Also organized at this time were the Senior Missionary Society and Sunday School.
Rev. Willie F. McIntosh was called to serve as pastor and under his administration the Senior Usher
Board, Junior Usher Board, and Junior Missionary Society were organized. At this time, additional space was needed for the growing congregation. To meet this need, two additions were completed. Rev. McIntosh will always be remembered as an energetic preacher who inspired his congregation with the saying, “Taking off Mortal and wrapping up in Immortality”.
Rev. O.E. Jackson served from 1948 to 1952. During his administration, a second Junior Usher Board, a Gospel Choir, and a Sunbeam Choir were organized. Then in 1948, our church was destroyed by fire. Services were then held at the Marion County Training School (Now Southside Annex). In 1950, the new Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church was dedicated. Rev. O.R. Ruben preached the dedication sermon, “Behold the Hills of Zion”. It will always be remembered by his congregation.
Rev. Sellers was called to serve in 1952 to 1957 and served faithfully. Under this pastor, the church pews were purchased and the first Vacation Bible School was started. Church membership continued to increase during his tenure of service. Rev. Sellers was noted for his down to earth sermons and spiritual fervor.
Rev. M.G. Barr served as our Shepard from 1957 to 1965. Under his Pastorate, the Male Choral Group and the Young Adult Choir (later renamed Senior Choir II) were organized. Some of the accomplishments
under Rev. Barr were the installation of our first public address system and the enrolling of Mt. Pisgah into the Progressive Baptist Association. Rev. Barr will be remembered for purchasing of the first organ.
During his administration, three deacons were ordained and the membership increased greatly.
Rev. Henry McGill, Jr. accepted the call to serve in 1965. His pastorate has marked a prosperous era in the history of Mt. Pisgah. The following organizations were formed under his administration: Pastor’s
Aide Club, Flower Club, the Hospitality Club, YWA, (Young Women’s Auxiliary) and the Brotherhood. Physical improvements made under Rev. McGill include: the building of a new parsonage, a public address system was installed, the kitchen was remodeled, carpeting of the church was done
and the church pews were padded for the comfort of its members.
In 1994, through the vision of Pastor McGill, we saw the completion and dedication of the Henry McGill, Jr. Fellowship and Educational Hall. The mortgage was burned. The business office of the church was updated with the purchasing of a new copier, a fire proof filing cabinet for protection of church membership records and a computer with printer and software. A new Grand Piano and a 15 passenger Van was acquired. Additional land was purchased and leased for parking. A new organ was purchased for our enjoyment. On August 25, 2013, Dr. McGill appointed four apprentice deacons and three apprentice trustees. After fifty dedicated years as our shepherd, Dr. McGill entered his heavenly home on January 31, 2016.
After several months of searching and praying for a pastor, God answered our prayers and sent us a man of God to lead us to higher heights. Pastor George B. Washington joined the Mt. Pisgah Church Family, October 2017. He has re-established prayer meeting, Bible Study, and security measures for our safety. He created many things: the Mount Pisgah Gazette Newsletter, a deep community involvement through our Community Outreach Extravaganza, and a Sunday breakfast to enhance our Sunday School attendance. He established the Senior Saints Ministry, Grief Ministry, and the Presidents Council. Two deacons were added to the Deacon Ministry, eight trustees were added to the Trustee Ministry and he appointed the first female Trustee Ministry Chairperson, Trustee Sylvia J. Rowell. An updated membership roster has been developed and allows each member to have an intimate relationship with a deacon. The Deacon Ministry is also assigned to specific ministries throughout the church. Beginning in 2019, Pastor Washington started the Harvest Rally in October which allows members to contribute to the special project/building fund for the year.
In December 2019, Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church sponsored the Tree of “Love and Hope” which helped members in need at Christmas time. For our youth, Pastor Washington has included the Moment in Black History every week in our weekly services and awarding students for their good grades and church attendance.
Mt. Pisgah’s Church Queen, Jakayla Gregg, was crowned the Queen for the Pee Dee Baptist Association Youth Department in 2018. With challenges from the congregation and donations from the church, Jakayla was crowned the State Queen in 2019. In 2019-2020 Jayden Jones was crowned Mt. Pisgah’s Church Queen and serves as 1st Runner-up to the Queen of the Pee Dee Baptist Association Youth Department. Pastor Washington appointed Mrs. Helen Godbolt as our first Youth coordinator who works in unison with all Youth Ministries and Advisors.
The church upgraded our communication system with our Facebook Live Broadcast during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020. A calling system has been devised to communicate with members about church scheduling. Pastor Washington is also in the process of developing a church website w/live streaming of worship service for our church and to keep the community informed of what is happening at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church.