Meet Our 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 33 years and they have 3 children. His son Josh and wife Meme live in Gray, TN and have one son, Ollie. His daughter Natalie and her husband Brett live in Jacksonville, FL. His youngest son, Noah, still lives at home and attends Greeneville High School.
Pastor of Family Ministries & Outreach
Pastor of Family Ministries
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.
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!
Interim Children's Minister
Matthew is a native of Johnson City, TN. He grew up attending Tri-Cities Baptist Church and moved to Mountain View Baptist to serve as interim children's ministry director. He will be attending bible college in the fall to pursue a bachelors in biblical studies and has plans to go on to seminary to get a masters in divinity or theology as a means of being better equipped to pursue his call to ministry... either pastoral or missional in nature.
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.
Daycare & Learning Center Director
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.