Acts 6 and 1 Timothy 3 form the basis for the establishment of the deacon ministry and sets forth the qualifications for those who serve in that capacity. However, for a church to operate smoothly and efficiently and to carry out its mission of spreading the good news of Jesus Christ, additional disciples must be actively engaged in all aspects of the church's outreach. This work is performed by the many ministries within the church, and every member of the church should be involved in at least one ministry. Some of the ministries at Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church are listed below.
Board of Directors
In accordance with the congregation-approved church By-Laws, the Board of Directors (or Trustees) is responsible for administering and managing the "business" matters of the church, including financial concerns, legal issues, and real property management. The Board of Directors is composed of nine members who are elected by the congregation and serve three (3) year terms.
Deacon Dennis Sanders, President (pictured)
Sis. Cheryl DaBera, Secretary
Sis. Frances Ray, Church Treasurer
Bro. Nelson Daniels, Financial Secretary
Sis. Jacqueline Mays
Sis. Billie Blackshire
Sis. Mattie Wells
Sis. Sativa Taylor
Rev. Vincent Williams
Rev. Nathaniel Evans
Dr. Kim Burnett
Dr. Karmen Williams
As specified in Acts 6 and 1 Timothy 3, deacons are special assistants to the pastor. They perform duties that are delegated to them by the pastor and the congregation. Deacons are elected and ordained by the congregation, with the recommendation of the pastor, and they serve continuous and uninterrupted terms. A short list of the duties of Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church deacons include:
● Support and assist the Pastor in the conduct of Sunday services and special programs.
● Support and assist the Pastor in the conduct of the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of each month.
● Maintain ministerial oversight of church ministries, auxiliaries, committees, and programs.
● Continuously review church membership and monitor church attendance.
● Maintain oversight and usage of church facilities, including for funerals and weddings.
● Monitor building maintenance activities and needs.
● Maintain the church van and support auxiliaries’ use thereof.
● Review future church needs and the role of deacons in fulfilling those needs.
Deacon Wilbert Crathers, President (pictured)
Deacon Joseph Graves, Vice President
Deacon Craig Lewis, Secretary
Deacon Dennis Sanders
Deacon Nelson Daniels
Bro. Jonathan Lewis, Jr. Deacon in Training
Bro. Tre'Vion Wills, Jr. Deacon in Training
Bro. Thomas Wells, Jr. Deacon in Training
Bro. Joshua Lewis, Jr. Deacon in Training
The music ministry of Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church is always to be remembered in the spirit of Colossians 3:16 and other related scriptures that characterize the purpose of sacred music performed in the church.
The music ministry consists of an adult choir, a youth choir, a male chorus, an organist, a pianist, and a percussionist. The music ministry functions generally under the guidance of the pastor, aided by the deacons. This guidance pertains to the choir or chorus-level leadership, music selected for presentation, style of presentation, special worship services, rehearsal schedules, attire, and decorum.
Bro. Arthur Curry, Minister of Music, Pianist, Organist, Musical Director, Singer and Performer, and Music Teacher. Over 25 years of service at Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church.
Like deacons, deaconesses are selected for unlimited terms of office by the congregation. Deaconesses assist the deacons and the pastor in promoting the spiritual welfare of the congregation. Their duties include, but is not limited to, preparation of the elements (bread and wine) for the Lord's Supper, preparing female candidates for baptism, and visiting the sick and shut-in.
Sis. Jeron Crathers
Sis. Helen Harris
Sis. Margaret Harrison
Sis. Joye Lewis
Sis. LaSandra Sanders (pictured)
Sis. Marsha Webster
The Brotherhood is one of a number of mutually supporting pastoral ministries at Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church. The Brotherhood’s reason for existence is to be useful servants to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to our church, and to our community. In this vein, the Brotherhood focuses its efforts on ameliorating an area of great concern it witnesses every day -- too many men in general, and young men in particular, are not realizing their full potential in their academic, social, and professional pursuits. The Brotherhood believes that this problem exists in large part because of a lack of positive role models and mentors of high moral character and Christ-like behavior in the lives of these young men.
Although not perfect as is our Father in Heaven, the Brotherhood, through deed and action, aspires to minister to and fellowship with other brethren, regardless of church status or Christian belief, in hope that this ministry will lead more men to a Christ-like lifestyle. Ultimately, the Brotherhood looks forward to welcoming these brethren into the church and its ministry, thereby enabling it to more effectively support other ministries in the church, grow the church, and extend the church’s missionary vision.
Rev. Vincent Williams, President
Deacon Craig Lewis, Secretary
Bro. Horace Phillips, Treasurer
An usher is an officer of the church he or she serves. In 1 Chronicles 15:23-24, they are called "doorkeepers." The ushers establish a setting appropriate for worship. As the congregation gathers and are seated in the church sanctuary, an atmosphere of worship may be created by seeing that they assemble in an orderly manner. Maintaining order and decency is one of the objectives of the church usher. This is best exemplified by God's direction for public worship: "Let all things be done decently and in order" (1 Corinthians 14:40).
Bro. Michael Smith, President
Bro. Nelson Daniels, Vice President
"We then, as workers together with Him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain” (II Corinthians 6:1).
Women serving in this auxiliary should be tempered by Godly fear in all matters. Each member must deliver the gospel of Jesus Christ. Missionary women are dedicated and abandoned to God with special gifts and anointing of the Holy Spirit for the service of winning souls. The aim of every member of the auxiliary should be to lead people to express their Christian discipleship in every area of human life so that the Kingdom of God may be realized. They must know their obligation to God, the church, and the pastor in order to instruct others.
Women are to teach missions; engage in mission actions; support world missions through prayer and giving; provide and interpret information regarding the work of the church and denomination. Jesus said, “ye shall be witnesses unto me” (Acts 1:8).
Community respect and appreciation are to be taught.
Meetings are to be planned and programs should be interesting to those who attend.
The missionary women must visit the sick: minister to the need of the poor; and reach unsaved family members and others.
Sis. Margaret Harrison, President
Sis. Helen Harris, Secretary/Treasurer
Sis. LaSandra Sanders, Secretary/Treasurer
Sis. Helen Dennis, Discussion Leader
A viable education ministry is of major importance to Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church. This ministry encompasses several programs which operate under the auspices of the Superintendent of Sunday School and the Pastor. The main purposes of these programs are to reach persons for Bible study, teach the Bible, witness to persons about Christ and lead them into church membership, minister to persons in need, lead members to worship, and train members for leadership roles in the church. Programs within the purview of the Education Ministry include:
Vacation Bible School
Baptist Training Union
Youth and Adult Leadership Training
New Member Orientation
The youth hold the future of our church in their hands and it is the church's responsibility to ensure that they are prepared to lead the church and to lead others to Christ. That is the mission of the Youth Ministry, and all other ministries at Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church. As such, Mt. Rose continually strives to provide quality and effective training and education from a holistic perspective - spiritually, academically, socially, and professionally. Mt. Rose youth participate in Sunday School, lead devotion services, perform community service, and engage in many other wholesome activities that demonstrate their willingness to "rightly dividing the word of truth."
Sis. Cheryl DaBera, Director
Fellowship Ministry is as important as any of the other ministries. There is something about sitting down to a meal together that encourages the fellowship and friendship of those who are involved.
The informality that exists along with the amount of time it takes to eat a meal contributes to the opportunity for people to get better acquainted with one another. New members are encouraged to participate in fellowship activities as a way to meet church members and develop friendships.
However, the emphasis on physical food should not overshadow the need for spiritual food. Every meal service is a means to help people grow spiritually.
The Praise Team is an important ministry of the church. It is composed of youth in the church and they operate as an extension of the Music Ministry. Its purpose is to minister through music, song, and dance. As such, as it says in 2 Chronicles 20:21, "And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise him in holy attire, as they went before the army, and say, “Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.
The program ministry serves as a central clearinghouse where leaders of church auxiliaries guide the planning, coordination, conducting, and evaluation of the planned activities of each auxiliary in the church. The committee depends on each auxiliary to implement the church's program according to the plans submitted and approved by the program committee.
Membership includes a representative from the church's Deacon Board, and the chairperson (or representative) from each auxiliary of the church: mission, ushers, choirs, youth, deaconess, brotherhood, board of directors, and other committees as needed to constitute a minimum of nine members (or other odd number). The pastor is an ex-officio member of all committees and auxiliaries of the church.
Sis. Helen Harris, Chair
Our church maintenance team handles the health and safety protocols of our campus.
Bro. Raymond Graves (pictured)
Bro. Clark Edwards
The technology ministry at both campuses handles the audio and visual needs for in-person and live-streaming services.
Sis. Sativa Taylor, Head of Technology
Bro. Brian Williams, Tech Lead (Mt. Seriah)
Bro. Craig Lewis
Bro. Cecil Webster
Sis. Karmen Williams
Sis. Hannah Britton
Sis. Ta'Nyiah Williams
Bro. Donald Williams
Bro. Jonathan Lewis