The History of Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church

Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church was organized in mid-summer of 1872, at the home of James Moore Coffman.

Mt. Pleasant had 12 charter members:  David H. Coffman, Sr. and his wife Harriet;  James Moore Coffman and his wife Tempie;  Robert Coffman and his wife Maggie;  Thomas Coffman and his wife Sarah;  Mrs. Joe Layne;  Mrs. Zeke Williams;  Grandma Williams;  and J.K.P. Williams.

The Reverend J.K.P. (Polk) Williams was chosen as the first minister and served as pastor for more than 10 years. 

The church met from home to home until David H. Coffman, Sr. and Joseph Layne donated land to Grayson County for a school, cemetery, and church in 1879.

A one-room log cabin was built and served as the first Layne School and Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church.  This is the location of the present day Layne Elementary School.




After several years, a larger, one-room white frame building was built, serving again as the school and church.  This structure burned to the ground in 1922, forcing the church to purchase land and rebuild.

The new church, now 212 members strong was erected in the 2400 block of West Walker, and consisted of a small auditorium and a few classrooms, plus additional two classrooms housed in a small structure in the back.

In 1946, the property at 2401 W. Morton was purchased, and the fourth Mt. Pleasant was built at a cost of $28,000.  The new church boasted of a large auditorium, raised rostrum for a 30-member choir, 11 classrooms, nursery, kitchen, and study.

The first church on West Morton was destroyed by fire in 1951, but was rebuilt bigger and better later that same year.  

In December 1965, eight additional lots adjoining the church property were purchased.  A new sanctuary, complete with a spacious choir loft and seating for 550, was built in 1966 for $150,000. 

The old auditorium was converted into an educational building and is presently used for classrooms, assemblies, and a fellowship area.

As of 2007, the church is approximately 135 years old.  

The City of Denison was founded in 1872.



  • Upcoming Activities

        2018 Theme

    There is now a new theme for 2018.We will soon have new braclets with the 2018 theme. 

    Matthew 5:13-14

    "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid."


    Kids On A Mission

    Our new Summer Program starts June 13th from 6:30pm thru 7:30pm. This is for ages/grades 4yrs old thru 6th grade. There will be lessons accompanied by mission based activities. For any quesitons please see Melinda Jackson.


    Summer Mission Trip

    The annual mission trip is July 24th thru 28th. This is for all ages to attend. We will be going down to Reynosa, Mexico to help our missionary Sergio Rodriguez. For any quesitons or if you would like to attend please see Ricky Thomas or Josh Jackson.


    Passion Groups-

    This month, we will embark on a new journey that will encourage us to have a deeper and greater passion for Christ and for our neighbor. It is my prayer for this to be a time of spiritual growth and encouragement. The teaching will relevant. The environment will be laid back. And the fellowship will be sweet. I am hoping that discussion will break out each week as we lift one another up and prepare ourselves for the upcoming week. These groups will meet every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 6pm and will be grouped according to age. The first groups will be our teens. Bro. Rick will head this group up (13-20) I will head up the middle group (21-49). Bro James will be in charge of those. 50+. For our first meeting, we will meet briefly at the church to make sure everyone knows what is happening and then we will break out into our groups.



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