1986 - Dr. Raymond A. Bell Jr.
For over a year, guest ministers rendered services at the church. On September 29, 1986, the Rev. Raymond Asaph Bell, Jr. was installed as the eighth pastor of Mount Hope Baptist Church. Under his leadership, and by the grace of God, the membership has grown tremendously. Mount Hope now has a 7:45 AM and 9:45 AM Sunday morning worship services weekly morning and evening Bible Studies for adults, young adults, and youth, and prayer service.
With the Board of Education, Pastor Bell has led the church in the development and implementation of a broad range of Christian education programs designed to meet the spiritual, instructional, recreational
and fellowship needs of the men, women and children of Mount Hope Baptist Church.
2011 - Mortgage Burning
Under Pastor Bell’s guidance, the historical church was renovated, the kitchen and choir loft were remodeled, a baptismal pool was installed, and additional land was purchased. Because of continuous growth in membership, the Lord empowered Mount Hope to construct new church facilities that include a 500-seat sanctuary, classrooms, a computer room, office space, a full-time education academy, a multi-purpose room, and a large paved parking lot. The mortgage for this construction was burned on October 9, 2011.
Pastor Bell oversees many different ministries that actively involve disciples at Mount Hope. As we continue to grow, we pray that God will continue to bless us!