“I grew up in Mt. Vernon church. I am the minister of music. There are many people who aren’t a part of church because no one has asked them. They don’t have family here or anyone that connects them. So many people are hurting and lonely and need someone to go to them and show they are loved.”
“I came to this church in 1980 and help keep it clean. It was founded in 1870 and we have been in this building since 1927. At one time this was a booming Baptist church with more than 200 members. We are down to 17. We are sustaining this building with just a handful of members left. Church is not the building, church is in our hearts. I love the people and this is where God wants me to be. I come here by myself to talk with God. You know it has to be the right answer because it is just you and God. Our motto is a church that is growing in faith and expecting the impossible. TJ Huddleston built the first hospital in Mississippi for African Americans and owned funeral homes across the state. He was also one of the leaders of this church. Many leaders in the black community went to this church and we once had the stigma of being the educated and big shot church and people avoided it. We are rebranding and opening our arms to everyone. We are going across the railroad tracks and pulling people in. Just come here and be fed.