Mountain View is a Southern Baptist Church with deep roots in the Tri-Cities. At Mountain View, you'll find many opportunities to grow as an authentic follower of Jesus, build Christ-centered relationships, and serve others using your gifts and talents.
Vacation Bible School
Sunday, June 4th - Thursday June 8th
Get ready, VBS is coming soon! This year's theme, "Twists and Turns, following Jesus changes the game" will cover what it means to follow Jesus. Join us at 6pm every evening the first full week of June. To pre-register your child, click the link below and fill out the form!
Family Fun Day
Sunday, June 11th
It's time to celebrate what God has done through Vacation Bible School! Our morning worship service will include songs and testimonies from VBS so we can celebrate what God has done in the lives of our children and youth. Following the service, we will provide lunch and fun for the whole family!
Sunday, June 18th
We want to recognize the importance of our fathers and show them some love! On Father's Day, we will have a small gift of appreciation to recognize them and the role they play in our lives at our 10 o'clock service. Join us in celebrating the fathers you love in your life!
What We Believe
Scripture The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
God There is one, and only one, living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Humans Humans are the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.
Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Saviour.
B. Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.
C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life.
D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.
Mountain View Baptist Church affirms the beliefs held by, (and is affiliated with) the above organizations.
Meet the Staff
Rich is a native of Johnson City. He began his ministry at Mountain View in 2004, where he served 8 years as the Youth Pastor. He has been the senior pastor since August, 2012. He holds a Masters in Christian Studies from Union University. He also has a B.S. degree in Construction Engineering Technology from East Tennessee State University and a M.S. in education from Arkansas State University. In addition to pastoring Mountain View, Rich is a construction teacher at Science Hill High School. He has been married to his beautiful wife Penny for 35 years and they have 3 children. His son Josh and wife Meme live in Bristol, TN and have one son, Ollie and one daughter, Maggie. His daughter Natalie and her husband Brett live in Jacksonville, FL. His youngest son, Noah, still lives at home and attends Greeneville High School.
My wife Jeanne and I have been married 47 years. We have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. I graduated from Carleton College in Northfield MN with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I asked Jesus in my heart to be my Lord and Savior in October 1973. In 1977 Jeanne and I experienced our first mission assignment with A Christian Ministry in the National Parks. But serving in a local church became our calling. I have served as a pastor for 42 years. I graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Theological Seminary and completed all required class work toward a Doctor of Divinity Degree. But, life got in the way. In December of 1993, I was called to be a bi-vocational pastor at MVBC. I have been employed in business administration for the last 16 years. Life does get in the way, but it also provides endless opportunities to offer salvation to others.
Pastor of Family Ministries
Kelly (Sams) Davenport is a lifetime member of Mountain View Baptist Church and earned her Education Specialist degree from Union College. She is in her tenth year of teaching choir at David Crockett High School. She gladly welcomes anyone to participate in the MVBC music or audio visual ministries!
Taylor is a native of Greeneville, TN. He graduated from Welch College in Nashville with a degree in psychology. He is currently working for the State of Tennessee doing social work. He now lives in Johnson City with his beautiful wife Chelsea and two dogs Peyton and Smokey.
Sherry was born and raised in Chinquapin, were she lives with her husband, Doug. Sherry is an active member of Chinquapin Baptist Church, and has worked in childcare for 5 years.
Catie moved to Jonesborough when she married her husband, James. Catie and James have one son, Owen, who is their pride and joy. Catie loves spending time with her family and her two dogs Logan and Luca. She has a BA in English/Journalism and a background in corporate retail.
Areas of Ministry
Upstairs Youth (6th-12th grade) Rm 217 Women's Class Rm 205 Adult 1: Pairs & Spares Rm 206 Adult 2: Stressed but Blessed Rm 202 Adult 3: Seasoned Saints Rm 235 Adult 4: Glory Bound Rm 224 Downstairs College Age Rm 152 Children Nursery/Toddler (Down) Rm 103 3yo-K (Down) Rm 111 1st & 2nd Grade (Up) Rm 214 3rd & 4th Grade (Up) Rm 211 5th Grade (Up) Rm 212
"And they were bringing children to Him, and the disciples rebuked them. But, when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, 'Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the Kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.' And He took them in His arms and blessed them, laying His hands on them." Mark 10:13-16 Sundays Services 9:00am - Children's Sunday Schools (Classroom Varies by age) 10:00am - Children's Church (Begins in main Sanctuary) 5:00pm - "Kids For Christ!" (On-site Modular Building) Wednesday Evening: Kids for Christ at 6:30 pm Kids for Christ is a fun, high-energy ministry that encourages kids to know Jesus Christ and grow in a relationship with Him. All parts of our children's ministry, whether a story, lesson, challenge, or play time, connect to teach kids about Christ.
“And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” - Romans 10:15 CSB Mission Statement: We desire to see students know the power of the gospel, grow as disciples who make disciples, in order to fulfill their calling and purpose in the Great Commission. Viewpoint Student Ministries meets every Sunday at 5pm and Wednesday at 6:30pm. Check out our insta for more updates!
Men's &Women's Ministries
In an environment of acceptance and authenticity, our heart is to reach men and women inside and outside the church with the love of Christ, see them grow in their walk with the Lord, and apply God’s Word to their lives. Our desire is to encourage, equip, and strengthen men and women in their faith. Mountain View’s Ladies Ministry includes Bible studies, community service opportunities and events, such as retreats and one day conferences, and most importantly a special bond between sisters in Christ with a devout commitment to praying for each other on a routine basis. We believe that whatever gift the Lord has given each woman can be used in this ministry both inside the church and in the community, from painting, sewing, cooking to teaching and singing. Our Men's Ministry has Bible Study on Sunday evenings at 5pm, the occasional Men's Breakfast on Saturday mornings, along with service and volunteer opportunities for you to get involved!
Do you have a passion for worshiping the Lord? Have any audio or visual technological skills? Come be part of our music ministry! We have numerous opportunities to get involved with our praise team, choir, and instrumental ministries. We also have positions available to work within our audio visual team. Contact our Worship Director, Kelly Davenport for more information, or join us on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm!
Young Adult Ministry
Our young adult ministry is growing! Bible Study meets on Tuesday nights at 7pm during the week. There are two Sunday School classes, one for College students that meets upstairs in Room and one for young professionals, singles, and married couples that meets upstairs in Room! Everyone needs community, and we hope you find yours here!
Want to get involved at Mountain View? Check out our areas of ministry and fill out the form to the side! A staff member will reach out to you shortly.
Building & Grounds
Young Adult Ministry