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Missions Ministry

Our Mission

We are committed to fulfilling our church mission as well as the Great Commission Jesus gave to the church to...

"Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything Jesus commanded..."  Matthew 28:19-20

Our Vision

To see people from all walks of life come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ

Potomac Falls Outreach Ministry

The Potomac Falls Outreach Ministry provides a loving outreach ministry to the residents of the Potomac Falls Health & Rehabilitation Center located at 46531 Harry Bird Highway, Sterling Virginia 20164. An on-sight worship service is conducted every third Sunday from 1:30 to 2:30pm.

Our Mission

The mission of the Potomac Falls Outreach Ministry is to provide monthly worship services to the residents of the Potomac Falls Health & Rehabilitation Center, which includes: prayer, praise, worship, Scripture reading, preaching/teaching, a call to salvation and fellowship.

Our Vision

The vision of the ministry is to provide a Holy Spirit filled atmosphere where prayer, praise, worship and the impartation of the Word of GOD is used to edify, uplift, build up and encourage GOD's people; as well as to capture those that are lost by introducing them to the one and only true, living GOD in the person of JESUS Christ.

Our Scriptures

Jesus answered, "I am the way and    the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. Isaiah 42:7

Officers

Rev. Denise Snyder, Ministry Lead

Samuel Snyder, Assistant Ministry Partner

Worship Service

  • Worship Service: 3rd Sunday of each month from 1:30pm-2:30 PM

Intercessory Prayer

Our Intercessory Prayer Ministry is an anointed group of believers who meet at MPBC to pray every Tuesday evening at 6:30PM. Our normal meeting place is in classroom 2L; however, this location is subject to change, based on the lead of the Holy Spirit and the number of participants. We pray according to the Word of God and by the power of the Holy Spirit for individual prayer request

We also ask that when God answers your prayers, that first you give Him All Glory and Honor. Intercessors meet each Tuesday at 6:30 pm. God bless you. Remember:

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard our hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus...I can do everything through him who gives me strength."  Philippians 4:6-7 & 13

The Intercessory Prayer Group exercises our individual rights as believers to come boldly to the throne of grace to find help – and pray together collectively in one accord for even greater power and authority as directed by the Word:

“Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”  Matthew 18: 19-20

Our Mission

To train up God’s people into the knowledge, faith, power and application of intercessory prayer in order to lift up the Name of Jesus and to intercede on behalf of others, by boldly approaching the throne of grace, speaking and listening to God.


“And when they had prayed the place was shaken where they were assembled together and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and they spake the word of God with boldness.”  Acts 4: 31

Our Vision

We submit to Christ as the Head of the church and strive to obey His command that His church should be called a “House of Prayer.” With faith, we humbly seek the will of God in all things. We pray using the word of God as our guide and to hear from heaven with positive expectation. We view intercessory prayer as a mighty tool, utilized to undergird the Church universal and believe that the prayers of the righteous avail much. We give God the glory in all aspects of this prayer ministry. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” James 5: 16

God's Word is His Medicine

Ministry Leadership:  James Jester -  President; Gwen Price - Secretary

In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me (Psalm 120:1)

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Give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever (Psalm 107) 

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Evangelism Ministry

Our Mission

To go and make disciples of all nations by following Jesus Christ and equipping trainees to share the gospel with non-believers.

Our Vision

  • To share the gospel of Jesus Christ in a natural and non-threatening way with non-believers
  • To encourage all non-believers to believe in Jesus Christ
  • To make certain believers have assurance of eternal life
  • To help believers grow into disciples of Jesus Christ
  • To increase the number of disciples exponentially
  • To unify all ministries within Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church by “unleashing the missionaries in the pews.”

Scriptures

"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20

“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” Mark 16:15

“He told them, ‘This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.'“ Luke 24: 46-47

When We Meet

Our Evangelism Ministry is a dedicated group of believers who meet on Monday evenings at 6:00 pm. Our normal meeting place is in the church.

A portion of our meeting time is spent in the classroom training and the remainder of the time is spent on the job training ("O.J.T") outside of the church. Our meetings are divided into two thirteen (13) week semesters.

What We Do

  • Utilize the Bible as our primary teaching too
  • Incorporate the Youth Evangelism Explosion ("EE") teaching technique to equip trainees to share the gospel of Jesus Christ

What is Evangelism Explosion ("EE")?

  • EE is an effective strategy for training laypeople to spread God's message
  • Youth EE is an adaptation of the adult EE in which the Gospel presentation is given in a less formal "user friendly" contemporary style
  • EE incorporates a 13-week training semester
  • Gives a model gospel presentation
  • Implements on-the-job training ("O.J.T")
  • Enlists prayer partners
  • Organizes a visitation ministry
  • Multiply the number of trainers into witness

For more information about our Door to Door Evangelism efforts  click here >>>Door-To-Door Ministry

Our Partners

Visit our partners in the ministry:

For more information about EE visit:

Evangelism Explosion International

Youth Evangelism Explosion

Prison Ministry

Our Mission

The Prison Ministry serves the incarcerated and their families by preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, providing God led mentorship, and supplying after release nurturing.

Scripture

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”  Matthew 25:35-36

Partners

The Prison Ministry of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church is a partner of the international organization Good News Jail and Prison Ministry, Inc. The Good News Jail and Prison Ministry is a non-profit organization established in 1961 that provides chaplains at correctional facilities all over the world, including Northern Virginia, at no cost to the facilities or states themselves.  We also partner with local churches such as Truro Church  to provide quality services for the inmates and ex-offenders.

Areas Of Ministry

Sunday Worship – We provide Sunday worship services at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center for both men and women inmates at least once a month.  We also lead Sunday worship services at the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center.  We do our best to create an atmosphere similar to a Sunday service here at MPBC.  These services consist of songs of praise and worship, scripture reading, rousing testimonies, sermons of salvation and encouragement, and powerful prayer.

Bible Study – For the men of the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, we lead a Bible study once a month to ensure the men are growing in the Word of God.  This session involves a deep dive into Scripture similar to our Wednesday night Bible study here at MPBC.  With this equipping, the men are empowered to share with their cell mates, family, friends, and community.  We hope for the opportunity to provide this service for the women soon.

In House Mentoring – We also provide one on one mentoring for both men and women at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.  Does the early morning work best for you?  You can visit right after breakfast.  Do you work late into the evening?  You can still visit after work.  Whichever schedule you choose, we just recommend our mentors visit their mentees at least once every one to two weeks.

After Care Mentoring – The most crucial and vulnerable time for an ex-offender is the first 24 to 48 hours after being released from incarceration.  To address the needs of ex-offenders, Truro Church of Fairfax leads an aftercare program which consists of over thirty churches.  This program takes on the challenge of helping ex-offenders to not fall back into the lifestyle that landed them in jail.  Upon release, a mentor is there to greet the inmate right at the door, welcoming him or her to their new life under the direction of God Almighty.  While we don’t believe in or practice giving our personal advice to mentees, we do provide guidance derived from the Holy Bible.  All mentors complete a several weeks long training course that thoroughly equips them with the tools to help our brothers and sisters with Christian living, addiction, unemployment, housing, etc.

Future Ministries – We hope to expand our services to more jails and prisons, supplies, and whatever else God instructs us to do.  We need your help to do so!

Please contact Rev. Daniel Clark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Visitation Ministry

Our Vision

To establish a ministry of presence with effective hospital and home visitation for the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church family.

Our Mission

The Visitation Ministry is devoted to visiting and praying for the sick and shut in by travelling to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church area hospitals and homes to encourage church members and families.  Encouragement is accomplished through Scripture reading, and specific prayer for healing and comfort.

Scripture

Matthew 25:36 -40 (NKJV):
I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

Ministry Lead:  Rev. Cal Spratley at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chaplain and Training Advisor:  Rev. Lydia Harper

Domestic Missions

The Domestic Missions exists to inform church members of home mission opportunities and to provide encouragement and resources for those who choose to participate in these opportunities. There is a variety of ways that Christians demonstrate God's love and bring others to faith in Jesus.

Three broad categories stand out:

  • Praying
  • Giving
  • Going 

Mount Pleasant Baptist prays for the local community and the world as they focus on Christian missionaries and the people of specific domestic regions. An annual mission offering provides financial resources that fund mission activities around the Washington, DC metro area to include our friends in North and South Carolina. Church members of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to volunteer for mission activities. Volunteers may work with at-risk youths through a local Christian agency, with inmates in correctional facilities, or with people of various ethnicities and languages locally or in other states or countries. Volunteers may serve individually or as part of a group, occasionally or for long-term assignments. Tutoring, singing, preaching, providing professional services, serving meals, repairing a home, or just providing a listening ear are among the many ways volunteers serve.

International Missions

Our Vision

That we will be an empowered, disciple making mission team focusing on the international field “ … and you will be my witnesses … to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV)

Our Goals

Explore relationships that will provide ministry access, assist church planting and partner with missionaries, communities and schools in all nations.  If you would like more information about any of the missions please complete the request form for more information provided below:

Continue and build partnerships with International Mission Organizations to spread the gospel worldwide

  • Samaritan's Purse
  • Bethesda Ministries
  • Lott Carey
  • International Mission Board – Southern Baptist Convention
  • Arise and Walk
  • Shalom Outreach Ministry
  • REAWC: Rescue and Empower African Women and Children
  • Go Ye Ministries

Train disciples to go into the world and witness for Christ

  • On-going Bible studies to feed and nurture disciples on the fundamentals of our faith
  • Workshops/seminars on witnessing techniques
  • Mission specific training sessions on the culture and spiritual climate of the target site

Serve as missionaries. Mount Pleasant invites every disciple to participate in Mission work:

Support international mission partners both financially and spiritually through our prayers

Water Wells

The Vision

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, through its Wells for Life Mission, is committed to construct 400 water wells on the continent of Africa in the next 20 years. This is a large undertaking but we believe that nothing impossible when it is for the glorification of the Kingdom on God. To date, the mission has constructed over 30 water wells. 

The Reality

Water is the lifeblood of all things living. In many communities around the world, access a safe potable water supply is non-existent. Million of men, women and children spend a significant amount of time to collect water from unsafe sources contaminated with parasites, bacteria and chemicals. These sources of water can have an adverse impact on a community and does result in sickness or even death.

The Impact

A reliable source of clean water has the ability to empower people. By providing access to clean water and facilitating hygiene education, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church sows the seeds for growth. Once a well is drilled, schools, markets, and clinics spring up, and life changes, especially for women and girls.

The Wells for Life Mission believes that spiritual and earthly needs are inseparable. As is required by the Great Commission, the mission will extend villagers the opportunity to accept Christ eternal life & salvation.

“…Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” [John 4:14]

The Need

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church is committed to serve God through the Wells for Life Mission. By making a small donation, your gift will be used to contract local firms to locate and access suitable water supplies. Any tax-deductible gift amount, large or small, can have an significant impact on the lives of those who are in need.

“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” [Matthew 10:42]

“He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done.” [Proverbs 19:17]

The Benefits

Wells for Life Mission will save natural life and act as vehicle to extend eternal life/salvation of Jesus to hundreds/thousands of people. Benefits of this mission include:

  • Opening doors to further the Gospel on the continent of Africa, in other nations
  • Instill missionary giving and involvement to the congregation on a short and long term schedule
  • Teach God’s promises and rewards on giving to the congregation by doing
  • Remind us how blessed we are and that sowing a seed to help others in hard times is the best way to reap a reward/harvest ourselves from God

Branch of Love

The Branch of Love Ministry continues to bless families in need. Each year the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church family provides Christmas gifts for more than 100 children and youth of families supported by our Nurturing Ministry and Fairfax County incarcerated parents. In the past, this ministry was known as the Angel Tree Ministry. However in 2009, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church partnered with the chaplain at the Fairfax County Jail of Virginia to form the Fairfax Chapter which focuses solely on local families.

This ministry continues to thrive because of the multitude of volunteers and families who contribute their time and bring gifts for our Branch of Love families.

For more information about Branch of Love at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, contact the Branch of Love church coordinator: Deaconess Willie Mae Gibson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Feed the Hungry

Our Vision

The vision for our ministry is to reach beyond the walls of the church to spiritually and physically feed those in need. 

Our Goal

Our goal is to expand the ministry to provide toiletries and clothing to the least of those among us as well as food; this will be achieved by unilateral as well as multilateral efforts with other ministries within MPBC.

Food Distribution

This ministry serves food to the needy every first Saturday at Embry Rucker Community Shelter, Reston, VA at 7:30 a.m.  On the fourth Saturday, we partner with The Rock Christian Center to serve food and clothing in Franklin Square Park, Washington, DC of each month at 10:00 a.m.

Scripture

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,” (Matthew 25:35)

For More Information:

Contact Rev. Lisa Nicholson Howard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

English As A Second Language

Scripture

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:13-14

Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth. Jeremiah 1:8-10

Our Vision/Goals

To establish a Conversational English Ministry as an act of commissioning, evangelism, discipleship and in compliance with the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20. This ministry will provide conversational workshops to expand verbal and written communications skills to individuals who speak a different language as their primary language.

Our Mission

As the class reinforces and expands the use of English as a Second Language, MPBC disciples will gain an opportunity to serve as missionaries, learn more about the many cultures of our community, and prepare for the domestic and international mission field.

ESL Classes

  • Thursdays - Devotions and Scripture begin at 6:30; Breakout sessions for class - 7:00 - 8:30 pm
    • Beginner/Intermediate - Beginning grammar and vocabulary (Using Future - English for Results Book - Level 2)
    • Advanced - Advanced vocabulary and conversation (Using Worldview 4)
  • The Holy Bible and other adult MPBC Bible Study materials will be used to support our curriculum

Curriculum

ESL course books and materials will be made available in class to registered students.

Interested? Registration forms are available in French, Spanish and English in the church vestibule.

Ministry Lead - Hazel Thomas

ESL Ministry Volunteer

The English as a Second Language Ministry will provide classes for adults seeking to improve their  English conversational and writing skills in a Bible believing, Bible behaving and Bible teaching environment. Volunteers are needed to assist in administration and teaching of classes held Thursday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Class sizes will be limited to six students and students may only register for and attend one of the two time periods.