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

      2019 Theme 


    Philippians 3:14

    "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."


    Team KID

    TeamKID will be starting the first Wednesday in September. There will be games, music, and lessons. The children will get a chance to learn about God while also earning points to go the "store". They will get two chances in the year to spend their points. If you would like to register you may do it online or in person. For any questions see Melinda Jackson or call 903-465-2518.


    Summer Mission Trip

    For our 2019 summer mission trip our goal is to finish building the roof and to donate lumber to Bro Sergio. This is be our last trip down to Mexico. If you have never been please plan to go. This is an amazing experience to help our missionary and to spread the word of God. For any questions 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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