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

        2017 Theme

    There is now a new theme for 2017.We will soon have new braclets with the 2017 theme. We now have new coffee mugs to go with our new theme, if you would like one please visit our Welcome Center.

    Matthew 28:19-20

    "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of 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. Amen"


    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.


    Our Jerusalem

    Our Jerusalem will be starting on September 1st at 5:30pm, at Munson Stadium. We will be passing out postcards, flyers, and information for TYF, and new Children’s Program. We will be meeting every home game. For a schedule or any questions please see Josh Jackson.



    Homecoming is October 29th after morning services. We invite all to come out and join us in celebrating the history of our church. For any questions see Brittany Thomas.



    TeamKID is our new Wednesday Night program. This program consists of lesson time, music, and game time. This is will be every Wednesday night from 6:30pm-7:30pm. This is for grades Pre-K through 6th grade. Our Directors are Ricky Thomas and Melinda Jackson. The nightly teachers will rotate with James Pickens, Sherri Lamar, Ashleigh McDonald and Michael McDonald. The group leaders are Pre-K and Kindergarten is Louis Smith, 1st through 3rd grade is Brittany Thomas and Sherri Lamar, and 4th-6th grade is Kimberly Bowen. For any questions or to register please see Melinda Jackson or call 903-465-2518. You can also register online under the info tab. We hope to see everyone out soon!



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    J Walkers Youth Group Events
    Mexico Mission Trip
    Our annual Mission Trip will be July 11th-15th. We will be leaving at Tuesday and coming back Saturday night. This is for everyone to come join. We are going to be going to Reynosa, Mexico to go support our Missionary Sergio Rodriguez. If you have any questions or would like to go please see Josh Jackson. 

    Texas Youth Fest