Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Leadership
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church is blessed to have a leadership team who is truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.
Dr. John P. Gates
John has served Mt. Vernon Baptist Church as Senior Pastor since August 1999. Prior to that, he served churches in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
The attributes that best describe Brother John as a pastor are strong preaching, leadership development and counseling. He has a desire to lead a church like Mt. Vernon Baptist Church where biblical views are embraced and encouraged, with members who care about the needs of those around them and who want to connect others to the body of Christ. John takes worship and preaching very seriously, spending the first hours of his day focused on Bible study. However, John takes his fun seriously too! He is always laughing with someone, singing the lyrics to whatever song is running through his head and he is always ready to talk sports.
He earned a Doctorate of Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Brother John is happily married to his wife, Julie. They have 5 children and 10 grandchildren.
Music & Senior Adult Minister
Steve has served Mount Vernon Baptist Church since June 2003. He previously served churches in Georgia, Florida, Arkansas and Alabama.
Steve has a passion for music. He wants to lead our congregation to worship the One True King. He leads not only the adult choir but also the children's choir. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and spending time with his family (especially his grandson Zeke).
He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Steve is married to Shirley, who also serves in the music ministry with him. They have 2 sons and 1 grandson.
Josh has served Mount Vernon Baptist Church as Student Minister since August 2018. Before serving Mt. Vernon, he served on staff at three churches in Georgia.
Josh loves Student Ministry! His desire to see students come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior is the driving force behind his passion for preaching God's Word and planning events for people to encounter the Gospel.
He enjoys traveling with family, playing golf and watching SEC football where you will catch him yelling "GO DAWGS!"
He has been married to Misty since 2005 and they have 2 daughters, Kendall and Lexi. Josh is quick to tell everyone that "Misty is the best part of the deal."