Where We Came From
Mount Vernon Baptist Temple held their first service in November of 1994 at the local YMCA with Pastor David Wood, Jr. We then purchased a small building at 56 Mansfield Avenue. As the church grew in numbers, we purchased four-plus acres on Yauger Road in 1999 and paid off the land in February of 2000. On April 1, 2001, Pastor Bill Fennell became our Senior Pastor. In May of 2001, Klema Construction was signed on to building a building at the Yauger Road property and we held our first service in the new facility March 24, 2002. The dedication of this new building was May 19, 2002.
Most recently, we have seen God's hand leading us to a new property on Floralwood Drive, Howard. We were gifted 14 acres by very generous donors, and we purchased an additional six acres for a 20+ acre campus. In 2010 the plans were drawn up and Claggett and Sons General Contractors constructed the new facility. The first services in the new sanctuary were in December 2011 for the annual Christmas Cantata.
After 15 years of ministry, Pastor Bill Fennell was called to missions. The Fennell family still attend the Mount Vernon Baptist Temple and are one of our home missionaries.
On October 2, 2016, Pastor Curt Smith became our Senior Pastor.
Over the years we have strived to be a lighthouse in Mount Vernon and the surrounding area and we have been blessed with the addition of many new families, as well as to the scores of missionaries we support world-wide. During this time we also founded Temple Christian Academy, which now has classes for Kindergarten through 12th grade.
God's blessing has been very evident here at Mount Vernon Baptist Temple. We would be honored to have you and your family come and worship with us! Come and grow with us!