Mt. Pleasant Worship & Outreach Center is a nondenominational church that welcomes everyone. To learn more about our pastors, click here. To learn more about who we are, click on any of the sections below.
Vision and Mission
Mt. Pleasant is a “Tree of Life where lives blossom and love grows.”
We move worshipers to world-changers!
- Worship – To become an exciting place of praise and worship, filled with an atmosphere of expectation, faith, and love.
- Character – To develop a people of character united in covenant, vision, purpose, and the pursuit of excellence.
- Prayer – To be a house of prayer for all people. We will be a people with a heart for continuous prayer and supplication in the Spirit.
- Stewardship – To be faithful stewards of God’s resources on a personal and corporate level.
- Service – To develop explosive local and global five-fold ministries that meet the needs of mankind’s spirit, soul, and body, based on God’s Word.
We enter to worship and exit to change the world through kingdom service.
Working the Vision
Mt. Pleasant is a “Tree of Life where lives blossom and love grows.” Psalm 1 brings clarity to Mt. Pleasant’s vision. Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV) states, “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”
“I am a Root”
“He is like a tree planted by steams of water”. A tree’s root system anchors it to the ground and sustains its vitality. Mt. Pleasant’s members are the roots to our Tree of Life. This Tree of Life is not just our sculpture on our front wall. It is not a drawing, a concept, or a theory. We currently have about 200 roots supporting our Tree of Life. We envision over 3,000 connecting roots producing life-giving fruit worldwide. Our challenge is to grow deep and wide.
Our detailed mission statement explains our five values that we live by. Like an underground stream, these values nourish our roots.
- Worship – To become an exciting place of praise and worship, filled with an atmosphere of expectation, faith, and love. Worship demonstrates that we understand God’s worth and appreciate his splendor. Worship filled with faith, hope, and expressed in a loving environment is evangelical to every seeker. Powerful worship motivates us to take bold steps of faith and guides us to extreme obedience to Christ.
- Character – To develop a people of character united in covenant, vision, purpose, and the pursuit of excellence. God does not need perfectionists, but ordinary people who wish to excel. He wants us to be people of character, inspired by vision, who operate in a spirit of excellence. The life that Christ has given us is expressed in our authentic relationships.
- Prayer – To be a house of prayer for all people. We will be a people with a heart for continuous prayer and supplication in the Spirit. Prayer changes us and then we change things. Mature prayers touch the heart of God, as the Holy Spirit helps us to release the explosive potential pooled within us, waiting to be unleashed.
- Stewardship – To be faithful stewards of God’s resources on a personal and corporate level. We expect a return on our investment. God has given us his three valuable resources of time, talent, and treasure to invest in Kingdom commitment.
- Service – To develop explosive local and global fivefold ministries that meet the needs of mankind’s spirit, soul, and body based on God’s Word. We enter to worship and exit to change the world through kingdom service. Commitment is never an issue when we understand our purpose. Our purpose sustains and refuels us as we minister to the needs around us.
We Bear Three Types of Fruit
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise” Proverbs 11:30 (NIV). Worship, prayer, and service produce fruit that spiritually empowers. Stewards who manage their time, talent, and treasure produce fruit that economically empowers. People of character help normalize relationships and build people up in a spirit of authenticity.
Our $3.1 million acquisition of Shammah Winds Apartments; helping gang members and drug dealers find employment; and leading the effort to restore our community are examples of fruit production. The fruits of our Sold Out Singles Ministry are healthy singles that are spiritually and economically empowered and relationally developed. Our Hearts Aglow Ministry produces healthy marriages that are financially stable and spiritually mature. Our Youth Ministry produces youth who are excited about their relationship with God, understand the importance of stewardship, and have authentic relationships with their peers. Mt. Pleasant is located in a depressed area. People that live in a depressed area need three things to have holistic life: spiritual and economic empowerment and relational development. People will always be drawn to trees of life.
God’s Promise to Mt. Pleasant
“He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” God promised that we shall produce much fruit in our season, our leaves will be evergreen, and whatever we do shall prosper. There is one word that effectively describes Mt. Pleasant’s vision: LIFE.
What We Believe
We believe there is only one God who exists in three distinct persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that God has always existed, created all things, and is the sustainer of all things. He is all powerful, all knowing, and unchangeable. He is loving and just and desires a relationship with each one of us. (1 John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11)
We believe that Jesus is God, the second person of the Trinity (the Son of God) who became flesh to reveal God to man and to become the Savior of the world. He lived a perfect life, died on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for our sins, and conquered death and sin through His resurrection. It is through Him alone that a person can enter into a right relationship with God. He now intercedes on behalf of believers seated at the right hand of God in heaven. (John 1:1, 14; John 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; 1 Timothy 2:5)
About the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, the third person of the Trinity. We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts people of their sin, opens their heart and mind to be receptive to the love of God, and forever indwells the believer upon salvation. The Holy Spirit then equips, strengthens, and encourages the believer to live in obedience to the will of God. (Acts 5:3-4; John 6:63; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Titus 3:5; John 16:8-11; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
The Holy Spirit dispenses gifts to all believers (1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Romans 14:4-8). The purpose of these spiritual gifts is not for show, but to enable the believer to convey the gospel message of Jesus Christ more effectively (John 14:26; John 16:13-15).
About the Bible
We believe the entire Bible is the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God in its original manuscripts. We believe that the Bible is God’s revelation of himself to mankind and is the supreme and final authority. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26)
We believe that man was created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him, but became alienated from that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man is totally incapable of coming back into a right relationship with God by his own effort.
We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sins. Therefore, salvation only occurs when a person places his faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for sin. (Genesis 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16; Galatians 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22)
When we turn from a self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are “born again” (John 3:3). Eternal life begins the moment anyone receives Jesus Christ into his/her life by faith. (John 14:6; John 1:12; Galatians 3:26).
About the Christian Life
We believe that every Christian should live for Christ and not for himself. By obedience to the Word and daily yielding to the Spirit, we will mature and be conformed to the image of Christ.
About the Church (Body of Christ)
We believe that the Church is the body of Christ of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving Him, make him known to a lost world, and equip its believers for service. (Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians 2:19-22; Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23)
About Life Beyond
God, in His own time, and in His own way, will bring about the end of history. Those who have trusted in Christ will be taken into His presence of God for all eternity. Those who have chosen to reject His free gift of salvation will be eternally banished from His presence (God does not remove our free will). (John 3:16, John 2:25, Revelation 20:15)
What You Can Expect (FAQ)
What kind of church is Mt. Pleasant Worship & Outreach Center?
Mt. Pleasant is an independent, nondenominational church. Our body of believers comes from many denominations and backgrounds. We partner with denominations, groups, and organizations that offer vital assistance in helping us accomplish our mission in various areas, such as community development and world missions. We believe that all believers should be empowered spiritually, economically, and relationally. Mt. Pleasant also provides a spiritual covering to other churches that wish to be a part of our Tree of Life Covenant Partnership.
What can I expect at Mt. Pleasant?
You can expect a group of people that will love and welcome you for who you are. You will see people from all different walks of life moving forward in their journey with Christ. You will find a contemporary worship experience that is lively and relevant, teaching that is helpful and inspiring, and an environment where you can come as you are and be accepted for who you are. In short, you will find a place where you can be comfortable just being you. Feel free to sit, stand, sing, dance, or just listen as we express our worship to God using all of our hearts, minds, souls, and bodies. We display the lyrics to all songs to help you follow along. We offer a time of prayer for any needs you may have before each service concludes.
How do I join?
Since we have and will attract members from many different church backgrounds, we offer a New Member’s Class on the first, second, third, and fifth Sundays. These classes are designed to help you understand our vision, mission, strategy, structure and doctrinal beliefs, and assist you with integration into our church family. We believe that the Bible encourages us to be devoted in fellowship to a local community of believers (Hebrews 10:25).
How do I get baptized at Mt. Pleasant?
The Bible teaches that baptism is the first step of obedience after having placed your faith in Christ. It does not have any special power to wash away our sins, but is a public demonstration of an inward faith in Jesus. It is a requirement that every member of Mt. Pleasant be baptized if he/she has not been since receiving Christ. Our method of baptism is as Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:19). We do not baptize infants. However, we offer a dedication service for children. If you would like to get baptized, please send us your request via our Contact Us page, or call us at (919) 833-5960.
What if I have more questions about Mt. Pleasant?
We will take the time to answer all of your questions. Please send us your question(s) through our Contact Us page, or call us at (919) 833-5960.
This church was started entirely on faith in God. One of the stories that Elder Hinton fondly told was how she started the church “without a broom.” As she was cleaning the church for its opening-day ceremony, a couple stopped by. They told her, “We saw you were starting a church, so we thought we would buy you a broom.” It was a small beginning, yet the prelude to greater things through God’s divine intervention in this ministry.
Lois Walker Hinton, a devout Christian and mother of seven began a prayer band. Its mission was to preach, teach, and instruct others in God’s word, with an emphasis on spiritual conversion and growth. The prayer band met in various churches and private homes for worship, soon growing to more than 60 members.
Lois Walker Hinton was licensed and ordained by the Providence Holy Church in Raleigh, and served as its Junior Pastor. As her prayer band continued to grow in number, Reverend Hinton was called to pioneer a church, so she left Providence and, on December 26, 1962, founded Mt. Pleasant Holy Church of God Inc. in accordance with all the legal requirements and codes of the State of North Carolina. Bishop R.L. Haigler of Unity Holy Church of God Inc. installed Reverend Hinton as pastor and was instrumental in orchestrating Mt. Pleasant’s initial church structure and establishing its membership in the Unity Holy Churches of God Association. More than 40 people attended service that first Sunday in the small sanctuary, located at 1125 Austin Street. Twelve others joined that day.
In June, the congregation moved to a larger location at 1456 Sawyer Road, a former nightclub with an outhouse-style toilet. Craftsmen and members helped up-fit the building for services. Many members lacked transportation, so Pastor Hinton purchased a 1946 Plymouth to take members to and from church, and for church business. Over the next three years, several members were called to minister, eventually leaving to pioneer churches of their own.
In October, the church moved to an unfinished building at 1424 Sawyer Road, its current location. The church rented the building from Holy Churches on the Rock, a small organization with a string of churches stretching from Massachusetts to North Carolina. The building was designed to be a church, but the owner died before completing it. There were walls and a roof, but time and neglect had caused the structure to deteriorate. Again, through much labor and determination, church members and laborers up-fitted the building for worship services.
In October, Mt. Pleasant joined the Holy Churches on the Rock organization.
In June, a choir stand, kitchen, and dining room/fellowship hall were added to the church.
The president and governing body of Holy Churches on the Rock approved the sale of the building to the Mt. Pleasant congregation.
Additional land was purchased for future expansion.
Founder Hinton and the membership desired to build a new edifice. After two years of building-fund projects and labor, the new sanctuary was completed.
In November, the congregation proudly marched into the new facility and dedicated it to the Lord.
Founder Hinton resigned as Pastor of Mt. Pleasant. Her son, Assistant Pastor and Evangelist Phillip A. Walker succeeded her. The vision and mission for the ministry under his leadership were redefined, according to God’s direction.
The name of the church was changed from Mt. Pleasant Holy Church of God to Mt. Pleasant Worship & Outreach Center to signify its future direction: to become a worldwide ministry whose shape will be that of a “Tree of Life” with three branches – Economic Empowerment, Spiritual Empowerment, and Relational Development.
In February, Pastor Phillip Walker and the Mt. Pleasant congregation were able to get the 10 blocks around the church designated as a federal “Weed and Seed” site. The following September, Elder Vickie Walker was installed as Co-Pastor of the ministry. She also served as leader of the Worship Ministry, and formed a praise and worship ministry called Esteem. Under the Walkers’ leadership, Mt. Pleasant’s outreach efforts met success on several levels, including:
- Acquiring and renovating a rundown apartment complex, renaming it “Shammah Winds” to reflect the hand of God in the community.
- Creating a subsidiary, Rehobeth Outreach Ministries, for community development initiatives.
- Creating Tree of Life Community Development Corporation to house outreach ministries that are not “worship specific,” and to increase funding through grants.
Mt. Pleasant purchased two nearby houses, one of which was annexed for classroom space and additional land for parking.
In March, a trailer was annexed and dedicated for a community outreach ministry – an interim step along the road to the Tree of Life Community Center, which will house social programs and ministries that reflect the three branches of Mt. Pleasant’s vision.
In November, Pastor Phillip Walker was confirmed to the office of Apostle.
Mt. Pleasant Worship & Outreach Center has more than 200 active men, women, and children in membership and ministry.