How Mt. Pisgah Began...
“…All power is given unto
me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach…, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” Matthew 28:18-20.
A group of members from Shiloh SDA Church adhering to this great commission invited their neighbors and began studying together on Sundays for about a year. Thus began this Branch Sabbath School under the auspices of the Shiloh Sabbath School department. The group of approximately twelve, met at the home of Sister Ovida Williams. They were eager to expand and with the help of Pastor Carlton Knott began looking for a location to begin worshipping on Sabbaths. Through several formal and informal planning meetings, and with the blessings of Shiloh, the mother church, the group held its first worship service on April14, 2007 at 1210 Wooten Lake Drive, in Kennesaw.
This first Sabbath, seventy people, including members from Shiloh and other Seventh Day Adventist churches and visitors gathered to hear Pastor Carlton Knott, the elected leader, present the message for these last days. The message that day mirrored what members want the church to be for all those who enter through its doors, “A City of Refuge.”
Pastor Melvin Preston, Family Ministries Director, South Atlantic Conference, worshipped with us on that first Sabbath, becoming the first conference official to visit this newly formed branch Sabbath school. After a few months of worshipping together, the group formally selected the name Mt. Pisgah Seventh Day Adventist Church, “a city of refuge”.
The group has been a place of refuge for many, who recognize that Jesus is about to come, and want to learn more about the truth for these last days. The faithful members have been studying and going out into the community to rescue souls from the grasp of the enemy.
The South Atlantic Conference, recognizing the growth taking place, officially organized the group into a company on September 15, 2007. We recognized that the harvest is ripe so with prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit, the church held a Revelation seminar in 2008. Although this meeting did not yield any baptism, the seed of truth about the Sabbath and Jesus’ son return was planted in many hearts. The church conducted another evangelistic meeting in 2011and many decisions were made for the Lord resulting in the baptism of two of our young people. The church currently has a membership of 74.
Mt. Pisgah forms a district with Shiloh SDA church and shares the same pastor. The new pastor, who was introduced on the second Sabbath in April, is Pastor Drake Barbour with Pastor Jesse Bevel serving at the associate pastor. Pastor Bevel acted as the interim pastor while during the search for a new pastor. The church continues to focus on evangelism and the preparation of the membership to take the Three Angels’ Message to a lost world.