GREATER MOUNT PLEASANT PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH
To educate, teach and spread the good news that Jesus is alive
and that whosoever calls upon His name shall be saved.
In the year of 1945, a group of devout
Christians decided to organize a new church in Fort Pierce,
Florida. They left Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church and formed the Mount Pleasant Primitive
Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Elder A. Martin.
The first Church Service was held in a
small wooden building on North Ninth Street. The membership
consisted of twenty-two members. The first auxiliary organized
was the Church School and the Late Rev. Moses Brown served as the first
superintendent. The late Deacon Harvey Law was the first
secretary. He was later succeeded by Sister Eula Monroe in this
office. The Church grew immensely under Elder Martin and he led
the congregation into the first church built by the flock at 525 North
11th Street in 1945.
In 1947, Elder S.P,. Kilpatrick was called to pastor the Mount Pleasant Primitive
Baptist Church. Because of the need for additional space to
accommodate the increased membership, the Church was expanded in 1961.
The Church continued to experience rapid
growth and it soon became evident that the existing building could no
longer accommodate the membership. Land was purchased and a
massive building fund drive was undertaken. In 1967, Elder
Kilpatrick led the congregation in a groundbreaking ceremony at 21st
Street and Avenue K and on the third Sunday in May, 1968, the doors of
the Greater Mount Pleasant Primitive Baptist Church swung open.
Elder Kilpatrick served Greater Mount
Pleasant with much vigor and enthusiasm. He was a man ahead of
his time, who slowly began to shorten his
footsteps, but never his faith. That faith was expressed with
these words, “As
long as God lives and the old man lives, it will be done.” For
forty-eight years, Elder Kilpatrick served with distinction, gave of
himself and his resources unselfishly, and his wife, Mother Marie H.
Kilpatrick was his greatest supporter and helper. Mother
Kilpatrick was a teacher, a prayer warrior, a public speaker and a role
model for Christian women. In 1994, Mother Kilpatrick retired as
Minister of Music.
In September 1995, the congregation of
Greater Mount Pleasant accepted the resignation and retired its beloved
pastor, which closed a chapter of the Church history.
On March 2, 1996, Elder Charles Hendley was called to serve as the third pastor of
Greater Mount Pleasant Primitive Baptist Church. Pastor Hendley has undertaken the leadership with the
do all I can while I can” as his motto.
On the third Sunday in May, 1996, Elder
Charles L. Hendley was officially installed
during a special Installation Service with Elder L.V. Hobbs, Vice
Moderator presiding and Moderator R. J. Hendley delivering the Installation Sermon. Sister Gwendolyn Hendley, his loving wife was at his side as well as
his sons: Sean, Quinn, and Jason.
The membership continues to grow
requiring the need for more activities to accommodate the need for
involvement, thus, the New Beginning Choir, Signs of Harmony, the
Men’s, Women’s and Young Adult Ministries were formed. In
addition to meeting spiritual needs, there have been several physical
improvement projects undertaken, including renovation of all bathrooms
and the purchasing of lots adjoining the Church property.
A major construction project began in
2003, which included a new and ultra-modern dining room, kitchen,
additional office space, and the Kilpatrick Fellowship Hall was
converted into classrooms, however, the hurricanes of 2004, caused a
delay in construction but in early 2006, the construction was complete
and a dedicatory service for the new additions was held the 4th Sunday
in June, 2006.
Our church history attests to the words
of Paul in 1Corinthians 11:1, “Be
ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”
God has continued to bless Greater Mt
Pleasant as it blesses others.