The vision of Mount Pisgah was birthed in the heart of Reverend Anderson McNeill, the pastor who founded the church, approximately 116 years ago. God spoke to Reverend Anderson McNeill and told him where to plant the church and then revealed to him the name, Mount Pisgah.
AIRTIME: 1:00pm (Sunday Gospel Caravan)
- Mt. Pisgah Mission Baptist Church
414 Pittman Grove Church Road,
Raeford, NC 28376
What is so significant about that name? It was from the Mount Pisgah Mountain Range near Sinai that Moses stood upon the mountain top and looked across into the Promised Land. God gave a promise and a vision to Moses and the children of Israel that the land would be theirs, the inheritance for the seed of Abraham. Just as he ordained and fulfilled the Promised Land, God did the same fore Reverend McNeill. When Reverend McNeill viewed the spot for Mount Pisgah, it was a vast wilderness of pine and oak trees and a future of back breaking hard work to clear the land and raise money to eventually build a sanctuary. God always provide. The numerous pine trees became the source for providing money and lumber, but is still was not easy. This was the turn of the century, following the Civil War where the Ku Klux Klan terrorized the newly freed Blacks and former slaves. Preachers especially were targets of hatred and violence. Some churches, such as Galatia allowed Blacks to worship in their balconies or sit outside windows to hear the Gospel. When visionaries such as Reverend McNeill dared to preach and teach themselves, they put their lives and their families in danger. Just like the newly formed Church of the First Century which was officially birther at Pentecost, Reverend McNeill and others often faced persecution, threats and even death. In the First Century Christians were crucified, tortured and thrown to lions for sport and entertainment: yet they kept the faith and persisted. Reverend McNeill and other did not let the KKK, terrorist groups, or vigilante groups stop God’s program. During that time few Black churches existed and like in the early days they met in homes, barns, down by the river banks or anywhere they could to worship God. Many ministers were circuit preachers traveling from community to community to preach and very often many of these ministers were found dead along the circuit path.
ABOUT DR. JOHN D. FULLER, SENIOR
Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church is led by our Senior Pastor Dr. John D. Fuller Sr.
Dr. Fuller was born and raised in McDuffie County, Thomson Georgia to the late Deacon Leon Fuller and Mrs Pealie Mae Carter-Fuller. He’s one of eleven children and the son of Sharecropper farmers and when not planting or harvesting crops he attended Mount Gilead Elementary and R.L. Norris High School. He was called to preach in 1963 at Jones Grove Baptist Church. He was ordained for pastoring by the Union Missionary Baptist Association in July 1970. He is an Army Veteran, the father of three adult children and five grandchildren. Our Pastor is a 1974 graduate of Morehouse School of Religion. He has 4 Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Virginia Seminary, Shaw University, Shaw Divinity School, and the Morehouse School of Religion. He is the former moderator of Union Missionary Baptist Association, former President of the General State Baptist Convention of North Carolina, former Board Member, Lott Carey and National Baptist Convention USA Inc, and Pastor Emeritus at Lewis Chapel Baptist Church for 42 years.
He is also the former Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Morehouse School of Religion.