Mount Hermon Church History and Highlights
l-r: Tommy Chappel, Bobby Smith, Winifred Weaver, George Thompson, Joe Nealy, Alvin Sneed, Horace Holiday, Willie Marble, Johnny Hunt, Harashall Hardin, Sylvester Bonner Jr.
The church was organized on May 7, 1968, at the Paradise Missionary Baptist Church, under Pastor J. F. Singleton. The meeting’s presiding minister was Rev. T. E. George, the 1st President of the Texas Baptist Convention. The other ministers present were Rev. N. D. George, Rev. Ezra Turner, Rev. J. D. Green, and Rev. Dr. C. C. Harper. At the conclusion of the meeting, Rev. S. T. Alexander was called as pastor of the newly adopted church, which was named Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church.
Thirty-nine members joined the church at that time. Rev. R. H. Hallum and the members of Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church opened their doors and allowed Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church members to use their church facilities until a suitable permanent place of worship was determined.
Rev. Dr. S. T. Alexander
On July 14, 1968, Rev. Dr. S.T. Alexander led an entering service for the Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church members at the present physical location of 4150 E. Rosedale Street, Ft. Worth, Texas. On July 29, 1973, Rev. Dr. S.T Alexander passed away from this life and was laid to rest on August 4, 1973.
Rev. Dr. H. R. King
On December 18, 1973, the members of Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church voted on a new pastor, Rev. Dr. H. R. King. He accepted and began his pastoral duties on April 7, 1974. Under Rev. Dr. H. R. King’s leadership, many things were accomplished. The church note was completely paid in full. Accordingly, the church was remodeled with new furnishings, decorations, and the membership increased. On December 25, 1985, Rev. Dr. H. R. King, passed away from this life and was laid to rest on December 28, 1985.
Rev. I. S. Moreland
On September 16, 1986, the members of the Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church voted on a new pastor, Rev. I. S. Moreland. He accepted and began his pastoral duties in October 1986. Under his leadership, a new roof, a new ceiling, and new light fixtures were installed in the sanctuary. The interior of the building was painted, new hymnals were purchased, new carpeting was installed, as well as the purchase of a new piano, a church van, and the installation of a new computer system. Many new members were added to the congregation. In December 2010, Rev. I.S. Moreland retired from his pastoral duties at the Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church. He passed away from this life on June 10, 2014, and was laid to rest on April 14, 2014.
Rev. A. Ray
In April 2012, the members of Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church voted on a new pastor, Rev. Aaron Ray. Prior to being elected as pastor, Pastor Ray had been a long-standing member of Mt. Hermon since 1984. He accepted and began his pastoral duties in June 2012. Under his leadership, the church sanctuary, bathrooms, fellowship hall, and kitchen were completely upgraded and renovated in 2017.
Pastor Ray has committed himself to increasing Mount Hermon’s impact in the local community, through partnering with Texas Wesleyan University and with other various local leaders. He has also developed and implemented several important ministries such as the Mount Hermon Helping Hands Food Pantry and the Community Outreach Program.
In addition, the Youth Ministry has increased its presence within the church and now has every 2nd Sunday designated as Youth Sunday. Pastor Ray believes in feeding his sheep and giving them the spiritual tools to navigate through this Christian journey. As a result, Wednesday Noon-Day Bible Study and a Prayer Line have been added to the list of services offered here at Mt. Hermon. Pastor Ray is also the newly Elected 2023 Chairman of the Zone 2 Board of Galilee Griggs Memorial District Association. He is a Servant Leader and he and First Lady Elizabeth Ray truly lead by example. Since Pastor Ray’s Installation in 2012, over 200 new members have joined our congregation.
We are excited about the future of Mount Hermon Church; the best is yet to come!