For Better Tomorrows
Members of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church work to preserve its heritage for future generations.
If you journey along a rural road in Preston County,
West Virginia, you may pass by Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Masontown. If it’s 10:45 on a Sunday morning, you will undoubtedly hear the bells ringing through the surrounding valley and hills.
The church had its dedication ceremony back in 1891, right after it was built. In attendance at that service were 132 people, including Civil War veteran William McPeck. He was a soldier guarding President Abraham Lincoln on the day that Lincoln was assassinated at the Ford Theatre in 1865. McPeck is buried in our church cemetery.
Today, the church offers Sunday school and Bible study. Pastor Mike Harriman and his wife, Jan—who plays beautiful piano music—have led us in worship since 2010. Our attendance is small but growing; some of our members even come to church on horseback. At times, we have taken service to the homes of members unable to attend.
We also come together with monthly contributions to assist local organizations, ranging from food pantries to utility support programs. Through our Helping Hands program, we have repaired heating stoves, aided residents with buying glasses and provided for families who lost everything in a fire. In May of 2017, members helped clean and rebuild flooded areas of southern West Virginia.
In the last decade, our church has needed some structural repairs. Members of the congregation raised the funds and did the work themselves, replacing the roof and the furnace and building a vestibule.
In 2015, over 150 people came to our homecoming celebration. And each June we host Decoration Day. Veterans from the local VFW present a program that includes a gun salute and the playing of taps. On Easter Sunday, we have sunrise service with breakfast.
As our congregation grows, so do the celebrations. We did a hay ride with s’mores and a hot dog roast, had our first candlelight Christmas Eve service and put together a time capsule to preserve our heritage for future generations.
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church keeps Christianity alive in today’s world by helping others have better tomorrows. Feel free to visit us!
Built in 1891, the church has a bustling congregation who stock food pantries (right) and host hay rides (top right).