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CHURCH HISTORY

In the year 1885, a group of spiritual-minded Christians, under the leadership of the late Reverend Sandy Matthews, met together and organized the Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Before the first church was erected, these old pioneers would hold their worship services under a grape arbor to protect them from the sun.

These few people made plans to build the first Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. These members were prayerful, spiritual-minded, and very courageous. They had faith in God and they believed that with God, all things were possible. They purchased a lot in the Hale’s addition, Lot #24, located on the corner of Wichita and Cowan Streets in East Nashville, Tennessee.

As time passed on, they were blessed with more members, and when selecting the name for this church, the name Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church was chosen. It was felt that God was pleased with the name and caused the church to prosper. In selecting the name, no doubt, the members realized that a mountain is an elevated mass of land that in many cases was used to contact God. It was at Bethel that Jacob rose up early in the morning and took the stone that he slept upon as a pillow, and there he erected a pillar. (Genesis 28:11-22)

God has blessed this church for over a century. We have a great heritage. Reverend Sandy Matthews served this church for several years, God saw fit to call him from labor to reward. Among the other ministers who were called to pastor this church were the following:

Reverend Sandy Matthews (1885-unknown)
Reverend Henry Pennington (unknown)
Reverend A.C. Holder (unknown)
Reverend L.B. Merritt (unknown)
Reverend Ed Hunt (unknown)
Reverend Dan Weakley (unknown)

Reverend William Brooks (1897-1954)

Reverend Frank R. Harrison (1955-1981)

Reverend Donaldson Jones (1982-1983)

Reverend Benjamin F. Sweat (1983-2017)

Reverend Jacques Boyd (2019 – Present)

The Reverend William Brooks was called as pastor and served the church for many years, preaching sound doctrine and the gospel. Men, women, boys, and girls were converted and joined the church. On July 3, 1901, Reverend William Brooks and the members completed and dedicated a new brick building. Reverend William Brooks passed away on July 3, 1954, after many years of service. A son in the ministry of Reverend Brooks, Reverend Frank Harrison, accepted the call as pastor on the first Sunday in February 1955. Wonderful progress was being made when the news came that the Urban-Renewal Program was claiming our property. A committee was chosen to seek a new location and our current location, 1501 Arthur Avenue was chosen. Under the administration of Reverend Harrison, his officers, trustees, and members, this lovely edifice was constructed to the glory of God. We dedicated and occupied this building on June 17, 1962. Reverend Harrison preached an unadulterated gospel and souls were converted. In 1975, the church agreed to build our Fellowship Hall and kitchen and also to remodel the church and change its lighting system to the new drop lights. In February 1977, this work was completed.

On June 6, 1981, the Lord called Reverend Harrison to rest after twenty-six years of service. After much prayer, the church called Reverend Donald Jones on July 7, 1982. But God is an all-knowing God and all-wise God, knew that his stay would only be for a short while, and so it was. We were again without a leader but we never lost faith. The Lord blessed us, for on September 4, 1983, installation services were held for Reverend Benjamin F. Sweat as pastor.

We here at Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church realize that it was “Christ who guided us down through the century” and allowed us to celebrate our 100th year of existence on September 29, 1985.

Under the Pastorate of Reverend Sweat, who emphasizes “total commitment,” the Lord has continued to bless the membership of Mount Bethel Baptist Church. Progress continues to be made. Among the many phases of progression are membership growth through the Divine teaching and preaching of our pastor, acquisition of several properties, and dedication of our 30,000 square foot Learning Center. On November 3, 2017, the Lord called Reverend Sweat to rest after thirty-four years of service. 

Continuing to build upon the rich legacy and faith, God assigned a well-qualified shepherd to continue on His vision for the church. The Reverend Doctor Jacques Boyd was elected as the Senior Pastor on August 25, 2019 and was installed on October 20, 2019. Pastor Boyd is leading Mount Bethel to Reach Out, Reflect Christ, and Renew Lives in the Nashville community. 

Meet Our Pastor

GENERAL OVERSEER

Reverend Doctor Jacques Boyd

Reverend Doctor Jacques Boyd

Lead Pastor

An effective leader, with a heart for God and God’s people, The Reverend Doctor Jacques Boyd, is the visionary pastor of The Historic Mount Bethel Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. The Nashville, Tennessee native received the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Bible and Theology from American Baptist College cum laude, where he was Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. Understanding that ministry is holistic in nature, Dr. Boyd received certification as a Marriage and Family counselor while earning the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree, from Lipscomb University. He also earned the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree from Virginia University of Lynchburg, where he was a Leonard N. Smith Fellow. 

Since Dr. Boyd has led the congregation of The Mount Bethel Baptist Church, the church has witnessed significant growth, including new ministries to meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the congregation and community. Understanding that the church cannot live apart form the community, Dr. Boyd has established Mount Bethel as a key stakeholder for the people of Nashville ensuring that the church is actively engaged with the community through a multiplicity of initiatives. Dr. Boyd’s unique, charismatic, expository approach has allowed him to share the good news of Christ locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. Dr. Boyd is a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

His life and ministry are guided by Psalms 118:8

               “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”