About Us

The purpose of our Church is to “Know Christ and make Him known” We are devoted to studying God’s Word together, to worshipping God together, and to serving God together. We have many ministries to get involved in. We welcome visitors and trust that our visitors feel at home in our friendly church family.

 

What to Expect When You Visit

Expect a friendly welcome! We have greeters that will meet you as soon as you walk in and they can assist you by directing you to our sanctuary, nursery, restrooms etc. Come as you are. In our church you will see some people in suits and others that are more casual. Our pastors make themselves available if you wish to speak with them before and after the service. Mehoopany Baptist Church is a wonderful place to call your church home, and a loving group of people to call your church family. We would love to have you visit!

 

Our History

“Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature,” Mark16:15. In the providence of God, Rev. Davis Dimock, pastor of Braintrim Baptist Church, was led to visit a settlement near Forkston in 1805. There he found a people, though ignorant of Christianity, yet receptive to the message of salvation by grace. The Spirit of God began to work in people’s hearts so that two fellowships emerged, one at the forks and one at the mouth of Mehoopany Creek.

Various preachers continued to minister to these fellowships until November 1819, when the believers at the mouth of Mehoopany Creek constituted into an independent church of our Lord Jesus Christ and called Brother Solomon Dimock to become their first pastor. Pastor Dimock had a glorious ministry for 9 years with many souls added to the church. During this time the church changed its name from Mehoopany to Windham Baptist Church. In 1822 there were 131 members making it the largest church in the Bridgewater Association. In 1823 the congregation sent out a group of 13 to establish the Eaton Baptist Church.

Up to 1830 the church worshipped in a log school house. In July 1834 a meeting house was completed at the cost of $3000. In 1850 the name issue was settled. Windham would from now on be called Mehoopany Baptist Church and Mehoopany would be called Forkston Baptist Church. In 1867 a new church building on Jayne’s Bend was dedicated. In 1892 a parsonage was secured which later became Hartley’s Dairy Bar.

In 1929 Mehoopany Baptist Church was at a very low ebb spiritually and financially. Only 8 people were attending and it seemed certain that church was doomed to close its doors, but prayers were answered when the congregation called Rev. Floyd Hendershot. The work was greatly strengthened under his godly leadership of 15 years.

Sometime in the 1930s the old Forkston Baptist Church building was given to Mehoopany Baptist. It was subsequently torn down and the material was salvaged to make improvements on the church and parsonage, and the remainder of the material was sold.

In 1968 the congregation purchased the old Presbyterian church building and parsonage at the South end of town. In 1976 the church built a new Sunday School facility behind the church which is the Youth Center today.

In 1982 the congregation called Ralph Nevin as pastor. Pastor Nevin led the church to a greater outreach and all-time high attendances over his 17 year ministry. He resigned in 1999.

On June 16, 1991 the congregation dedicated the new church auditorium and Sunday School wing. This was phase one of a 3 phase plan. Shortly after that the old church building was torn down.

On November 20, 2004 the congregation completed phase two and dedicated the new Gym and Fellowship Hall under the leadership of Pastor Joe Billingsley.

God has been good to us here in the heart of the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania. For 200 years the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been proclaimed along this stretch of the Mehoopany Creek and this church has stood as a lighthouse to warn those lost in the darkness of sin. It is our desire, as it has been for the former generations, that MBC continue to be a place where there is a warm, loving, family atmosphere, Christ-centered Bible preaching, a strong missions emphasis, and inspiring Gospel singing. Please pray for us that these things will be so.