Our Mission:

Scripture tells us that there is a road that leads to life. This road is through Christ. We at Mount Vernon Baptist Church are journeying down that road together. We are helping one another continue that journey and want to help others begin this journey. Would you join us?

Today with the convenience of travel there are so many options for church. The Mount Vernon-Enola community is surrounded by some of the best churches in the country in Vilonia, Greenbrier, Conway, Cabot, Searcy, and Little Rock; but it is crucial to worship and serve God in the community in which you live. MVBC is a very special place. God has been doing an amazing work over the past decade.  He has even more exciting things ahead. By beginning your journey here at MVBC you have the chance to be a part of a special work of God. God can use you in His work here and the members of MVBC would love to be a blessing to you.   

Reconciliation with God.

What is the glory of God? The glory of God is the gravity that keeps those who see and savor it from spinning off into the spacious trivialities of sin. God’s desire is that He might be known and enjoyed for His nature and character.

We believe that the center of the gospel is the glory and grace of Jesus Christ, so we strive to be a church that is centered on the gospel and reconciled to God through Christ. We preach the grace of Jesus unapologetically because it is God’s grace that trains us to be holy (Titus 2:11-12). Because of what Jesus did on the cross, we can now be reconciled to God. Our mission is to preach this gospel unapologetically to the world.

Reconciliation with others.

Though each Christian has a personal relationship with God, that relationship is not individual or private. The Christian faith is not intended to be lived in isolation. We were made for community; relationship with God and with each other. The local church is not merely a place that we attend but a people to whom we belong. The Bible calls us members of the body (1 Corinthians 12:12-31) with the expectation that we contribute to the body for the glory of God and the good of His people.

Reconciliation with others means living in a Gospel-centered community together; a radical call amid a culture of mere attendance and casual involvement. It involves mutual love, care, consistency and authenticity as we seek to adorn the person and work of Christ with our lives.

How we got here:

A story of God's amazing grace.

Over a decade before the Civil War, Baptists were meeting in Mt. Vernon.  One group in a log house, another in a group called Bethelehem, and another group called Cedar Grove.  It was the middle 1840's.  They decided to join at a half-way house which would be in the town of what is now known as Mt. Vernon, Arkansas.  In 1850 the town was named Stone Wall Jackson, then the name later changed to Houseville, named after Tom House, a local saddle shop owner.  During the Civil War it was dangerous to meet as Federal troops roamed the countryside, but this faithful group of fewer than a dozen decided to build a church and toward the end of the Civil War in 1867 they did.  This church is believed to be on the same spot as our current church and was added to and then torn down to build a new one where our old sanctuary still stands.

Preachers were many times traveling preachers on horseback, called circuit riders, who would go from church to church.  One of those preachers, J.F. Sheffey, became pastor near this time and was pastor on and off for many years.  It wasn't until a century later that what happened during that time would be known.  For in the 1980's, ancestors of the Sheffey family came to Arkansas from California, searching for cemetery sites of their family.  They found a long-time resident of Mt. Vernon, Alonzo Hawkins, who showed them where the Sheffeys were buried in the cemetery. 

Not long after the Sheffeys returned to California, they sent back to Arkansas, a diary, a saddle bag, and books belonging to the 1800's circuit rider, J.F. Sheffey.  The diary contained valuable historic information about the times in and around Mt. Vernon and spurred some members to do further research on the history of our church.  After several years a book was written, now located in the church library along with the artifacts owned by the circuit rider, and other pictures of our church history.  Our Church history can be traced to 1848 and possibly earlier.  This makes our church around 150 to 160 years old, one of the oldest in the state!

For decades faithful men and women have continued to serve the Lord through Mount Vernon Baptist Church. They kept the church a pillar in the community and built it up. Starting in 1999 God moved in a special way upon the church. A building program began on a new sanctuary. The sanctuary had been a vision of long-time pastor Bro. Bill Canary. The church built a sanctuary that they thought could never be filled in their community, but on the first Sunday chairs had to be brought inside the sanctuary. This has continued. During that time a food pantry, van ministry, youth, and children's program were begun, and God moved in a mighty way. In the early 2000s MVBC was one of the fastest growing churches in the state of Arkansas. The church has continued to be a leader in baptisms in the state. God is still doing an amazing work at MVBC.