Who We Are

Mount Hermon is a group of Christians who are seeking to follow Jesus together. We are committed to Christ as our Savior and Lord, the Bible as the Word of God, and to each other as members of the same body. We are sinners saved by the grace of God, and we are eager to be useful to God as He saves His people both in our community and around the world. Scroll below to learn more about our history, our beliefs, our distinctives, and our leadership. 

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Our History

Mount Hermon was founded in November of 1903 by a group of believers convinced that a Baptist church was needed to serve those people living around the Tar River in southern Rocky Mount. The church was given the name Mount Hermon, probably because of Psalm 133:3. The name reminds us of the blessedness that comes when Christians are united in heart and mind around the truths of God for the purposes of God. Mount Hermon was founded as a Missionary Baptist church, which was a response to the prominent Primitive Baptist churches of the time. Missionary Baptist churches held fast to a sound, Calvinistic theology while embracing the cause of missions and longing to be useful to Christ in seeing the nations reached with the gospel. This continues to mark MHMBC today.

In 2004 Mount Hermon celebrated its 101st birthday with the completion of a new sanctuary and the calling of a new pastor. Since that time, the church has been uniquely blessed by a genuine revival of commitment to Christ's Word and the addition of many new members. Our prayer is that God will continue to be gracious to us and that we'll be a growing witness for the Lord in our community and world. 

Our Beliefs

Mount Hermon is committed to the Bible as the Word of God. However, in our day in which all sorts of interpretations abound, we think it is important that churches clearly articulate the basics of what they believe the Bible to teach. Many churches do this through a document called a "Confession". At MHMBC, we use the 1689 London Baptist Confession to guide our preaching and teaching, and we use the New Hampshire Confession of Faith to express more summarily what we believe.

You can read the 1689 London Baptist Confession here.

You can read the New Hampshire Confession here.

Our Distinctives

1. A Commitment to Expository Preaching. As a church family, we are committed to meeting together regularly for the express purpose of having specific texts from the Bible read and explained to us. Why? Because we believe that it is through the hearing of God’s Word that souls are saved and lives are transformed.

2. A Commitment to Biblical Theology. What we believe affects who we are. As a church, we long to have our beliefs about God, ourselves, and all of life shaped by the Bible. We do not depend on philosophers, tv gurus, or ourselves to know what is true; we depend on God, who knows best of all what is good and true and right.  

3. A Commitment to Biblical Leadership. The spiritual maturity of a church will seldom rise above the spiritual maturity of its leadership. Thus, we are committed to appointing leaders who exemplify godliness, humility, and a desire to lovingly serve others. We are also committed to structuring our church in accordance with the teaching of the Bible.

4. A Commitment to God-centered Worship. Worship is a way of life - not something that only happens on Sunday mornings. However, we do believe that our times of corporate worship are particularly special and we are serious about keeping God and His truth at the center of our worship.

5. A Commitment to Authentic Fellowship. A church is not a building where people meet together once a week and then return home to live their own, individual lives. Rather, a church is a family of people who are committed not only to Christ but to each other. We are serious about being involved in each other’s lives, seeking to encourage, admonish, and edify one another. We are committed to helping those in our family who are in need, and in lifting up each other in prayer.

6. A Commitment to Personal Evangelism. It is impossible to know Christ and not speak about Him to others! We are His ambassadors in this world, and have been given a commission to share His glorious truth with others. Our goal is that every one of our members will be actively involved in speaking of Christ to family members, coworkers, and friends.

7. A Commitment to Community Ministries. As a church family, we want to be salt and light in the communities we live in. We know from the Bible God’s heart of compassion for the poor and the oppressed, the widow and the orphan. We want to use the resources God has blessed us with to bless others; we desire to meet practical needs so that we may have an opening to meet someone’s spiritual need with the Gospel.

8. A Commitment to Global Missions. We desire to be meaningful participants in the Great Commission effort, particularly by partnering with others in planting churches among the most unreached peoples in the world.

9. A Commitment to Personal Holiness. True Christians are those who have been so transformed by Christ that they find joy in seeking to obey Him. This means that Christians are committed to waging war against the sins in their lives and doing all they can to cultivate love and humility and good works. All that we do as a church is geared around helping us grow in holiness so that we can better show the love of God to this needy world.

10. A Commitment to Genuine Love. Christ said that the world would know that we are His disciples if we love one another. At Mount Hermon , we desire to be a community of faith that lives out love for God, other believers, and the lost. We want every aspect of our lives – our words, our actions; our marriages, our parenting, our friendships – to all be characterized by sacrificial love.

Our Leadership


Justin and his wife Crystal have been married for 22 years and have two sons, Jonathan and Benjamin. Justin graduated from the University of Mobile, Alabama and has been in ministry for 23 years. Justin has been at MHMBC since July of 2004.


Merle and his wife Libby have been married for 41 years and have three adult children: Elizabeth, Megan, and Justin. Merle is a CPA by trade and a graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Merle was installed as a pastor at MHMBC in March of 2013.  


Mount Hermon is located at the intersection of Old Carriage Rd. and Bend of the River Rd. in southern Rocky Mount, just east of HWY 58 and across from the Reservoir Country Store. Coming from I-95, take exit 132 and travel east on West Mount Dr. for approximately 1 mile. Turn right on S. Old Carriage Rd. and travel for three miles. The church will be on your right.

5556 Bend of the River Rd.  Rocky Mount, NC  27803