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Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church

About Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church

Our history is rich...Our present is blessed...Our future is bright!

Our Staff

Rev. Larry J. Hervey

Otto Covington
    Chairman of the Board/Treasurer

Guy H. Baddley
    Recording Secretary

Dorothy Page
    Financial Secretary

Tom Covington
    Finance Assistant

Marjorie Moore
    Program Coordinator

Dorothy Kee
    Church Correspondence Secretary/Program Coordinator

Gwen Armstrong
    Program Coordinator

LogoPleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church
21967 Highway 7/ P. O. Box 112 Map
Coffeeville, MS 38922
Phone: 662 675 2311


About Our Church

We are blessed with a church at which all people are invited to come and join with us in serving the Lord and worshiping Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23). 

Located in Coffeeville, Mississippi in the Bryant Community, we are affiliated with the Mt. Moriah District Association, the Mississippi General Missionary Baptist State Convention, and the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. We are a mission-minded church focused on reaching the world for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are a friendly, loving, family-focused congregation. Dedicated to preaching and teaching without compromise the entire inspired Word of God as revealed in the Bible, we aspire to know more, grow more, see more, and be more in Christ. 

We exist to make a difference in the world around us for time and for eternity by faithfully serving our Lord through evangelism, mission, ministries, outreach, and service. As members, we have "an obligation to make the church and its work priority in our lives. It is an obligation to use our time and our talents for the glory of God, an obligation to support the work with our presence, our influence, and our means. There is a need for every member to be consecrated, trained, and enlisted in active service. We are under obligation to be the very best members possible under the leading of the Lord."

It is Pleasant Grove’s promise to equip each of our members, new as well as old, with the knowledge base and resources to carry out their obligations to the fullest. We do not condone lip service. We are about winning souls and doing God's work. 

It's a new day in the Grove!

Statement of Beliefs


The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. ascribes to these Articles of Faith which should be adopted by Baptist churches at the time of organization:



We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us, and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.



We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.



 We believe the Scriptures teach that Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgressions fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.


We believe that the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.



We believe the Scriptures teach that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood; by virtue of which faith his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.


We believe that the Scriptures teach that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own determined depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.



We believe that the Scriptures teach that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith, and newness of life.




 We believe the Scriptures teach that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our prophet, priest and king, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior.


We believe the Scriptures teach that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.




We believe the Scriptures teach that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means especially the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.


We believe the Scriptures teach that such only are real believers as endure to the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.



We believe the Scriptures teach that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government; that it is holy, just and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts, arise entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and of the Means of Grace connected with the establishment of the visible church.


We believe the Scriptures teach that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only scriptural officers are Bishops or Pastors, and Deacons whose Qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.



 We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.




 We believe the Scriptures teach that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day, or Christian Sabbath, and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations, by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public, and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God.



We believe the Scriptures teach that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the Kings of the earth.



We believe the Scriptures teach that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.



We believe the Scriptures teach that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day, Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave for final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.

Church History

The original Pleasant Grove housed white members and was affiliated with the Yalobusha Baptist Association but allowed blacks to observe from a special area in the rear.  Evidence shows that the church existed as early as 1848.  The following is an excerpt taken from the official meeting minutes of the Yalobusha Baptist Association Minutes in September of 1853.
The 1853 Associational Meeting was with Rehoboth church on September 24-27.
Officers were: J. G. Hall, Moderator; Hillary Talbert, clerk; Lewis Aldridge, treasurer.
Rehoboth church was in Yalobusha County. Other churches represented were Bryant, Torrance, Coffeeville, Tillatoba, Oakland, Pine Valley, Scobey, Cascilla, Duck Hill, Grenada, Charleston, Graysport, and Bruce.  
Some statistics are missing, but the following churches seem to have been represented: New Hope, Pleasant Grove, Shiloh, Mt.  Pisgah, Liberty, Preston, Turkey Creek, Good Hope, Ascalmore, Concord, Grenada, Rehoboth, Pleasant Prospect, Spring Creek, Providence, Cypress Creek, Duck Hill, Mt. Paran, Mt. Arrarat, Spring Hill.  No delegates were named.
A noteworthy resolution was that authorizing the treasurer to give a receipt for the amount of $200.00 to the son and executor of the estate of John Poitevant, deceased.  Mr. Poitevant, a member of Grenada Baptist Church, had left in his will $100.00 to the Association for Foreign Missions and $100.00 to Home Missions.
Trustees for the Yalobusha Baptist Female Institute were elected.
Reports emphasized the need of continued religious instruction for negroes.  The suggestion was made that separate preaching services be held for white and colored.  Some objections had arisen, apparently from non slave owners, to appropriating funds for a preacher for the colored.  The objectors held that the slave owners should pay for this ministry to their slaves.  All agreed, however, to the need for it.  Missions to the Indians, some of whom were still in the area, were stressed.

According to information Sis. Stella Haywood and others were able to gather from the late Sister Mary E. Roberts and the late Rev. Mose Washington some years ago, Pleasant Grove has a very rich and unique history. By the grace of God, Pleasant Grove has stood the test of time and, with faith, will continue to move forward.

As stated in official county records, Pleasant Grove was the first Baptist church in Yalobusha County. The initial parishioners were white and were prominent members of the Yalobusha Baptist Association throughout the mid 1800's.  Even after blacks began to worship, it was still pastored by white ministers. It is believed that they allowed blacks to attend worship services in a space provided for them. In 1888, however, it was brush arbor located just north of the present site because the original building had been destroyed.  The brush arbor had served as a temple until 1889 when an acre of land was purchased by a Mr. Harris on which another building was erected. This building was also used for a number of years. It was during this period that blacks were given the authority to worship freely and laid the foundation for the Pleasant Grove we know today.

In the early 1920’s the church building was destroyed by a tornado. Although the building was demolished, the spirit was renewed and the “church” marched on. Shortly after, the present building was erected on this same site. During this time, Pleasant Grove also housed a school for students in the Bryant Community.

Pleasant Grove grew and thrived under the leadership of various pastors. Among these, as we were told, were: Rev. D. L. Brown who served 20 years, Rev. H.P. Thompson of Holly Springs who served seven (7) years, Rev. M. W. Wilson who served two (2) years, Rev. A. M. Ross and Rev. Sam Johnson whose years of service are unknown.

Dr. C. P. Bohannan was one of the greatest leaders of his time. As a scholarly, spirit-filled man of God, he was known throughout the nation for his writings, teaching, and preaching. Dr. Bohannan founded the Mt. Moriah District Association. Before passing to the great beyond, he led Pleasant Grove for 35 years. 

Among the more recent pastors were the late Rev. Wm. H. Turner who served nine (9) years and Rev. J. C. Batteast who served 14 years. Both served as moderators of the district association. Providing unexcelled guidance and motivation, Rev. Leon E. Robinson served 19 years. Rev. I. L. Conley, who spent many hours renovating and helping to make this a better and more comfortable place to worship, served for 16 years. Rev. R. L. Harris served for five (5) years. Rev. Mitchell Steen served for three (3) years. Although Pleasant Grove has suffered the loss of many great leaders, the church is indeed fortunate to have secured the leadership of our present one. Currently serving as our pastor is Rev. Larry J. Hervey. Although he has only served in this capacity for a short while, he already has big plans for Pleasant Grove. Each time he speaks, he stresses the concepts of growth and unity as well as the expression of love in the fulfillment of the Great Commission. We support his vision for the church. We thank God for him and we look forward to great things under his guidance.

Many lay members have also shown great initiative. In 1993, Bro. Sam Johnson initiated the building of a fellowship hall. Mostly due to his diligence and the pastor’s and deacons’ support, the hall was constructed. Although God saw fit to take Bro. Johnson from our midst in 1996, his plans for the growth of Pleasant Grove are continuing. 

The history would not be complete without the mention of some of our faithful deacons who served and have been called from labor to reward: Deacons Daniel Gray, Nick Thompson, Alex Roberts, Cain R. Roberts, Amos Roberts, Sam Jackson, Charlie Thompson, Jimmie Harris, John E. “Loafus” Harris, Earnest Jackson, David Martin, Sr., and Nathaniel Roberts. Deacon William H. Helm passed away six years ago at the age of 97. For many years, he served as Sunday School Superintendent, deacon, recording secretary, and in countless other capacities. Deacon Ulysses Kee, Sr. died four years ago. 

Sis. Mable Roland and Sis. Eula Starks, who humbly served as pastor’s aid directors as well as on the Mother Board Ministry, passed away in recent years.

Pleasant Grove has produced some noted professionals, skillful businessmen/women, and industrious Christian workers, some of whom are still here and others who have gone on to serve elsewhere. We often hear that our former members are here and there doing well for themselves and performing good works for the Lord. Two of our area’s pastors and district officials, Rev. William Jones, Jr., Rev. Barney Martin and Rev. Johnny Roland, are members of Pleasant Grove. Sis. Elvira Jackson, a prominent member of our congregation, served as Congress Dean for many years and Sis. Marjorie Moore presently serves as Dean. 

Pleasant Grove can boast of many members on the roll, but like many churches of this day and time, our attendance does not always support this claim. Be that as it may, we are not worried. The Lord has spared us for over 121 years and with our faith and the grace of God, we shall continue to press toward the mark. The Pleasant Grove Church family aspires to know more, grow more, see more, and be more in Christ. Many Christians talk faith, but do not exercise their rights as believers by putting it into action. We, as saints, are learning to stand on God's word and believe. Be blessed as we progress.