Regionally Diverse.



Where We Have Come From

On Saturday. September 16, 1911, twenty-three men, women and children gathered together to form East Mountain Missionary Baptist Church. The record says, “After scripture reading and prayer., Bro. F.G. Roark was elected moderator and S.Y. Tuttle, clerk… Then they extended to each other the right hand of fellowship,” and a church was born. Pastors were elected annually and Bro. Roark was the first to have that position.
In 1925 the first building was destroyed by fire but was rebuilt immediately with volunteer labor. Records say that in the early days, baptisms were held on Sunday afternoons in Charlie Shelton’s pond. A brick building was built in 1934 and that same year the church voted to join the Southern Baptist Convention. The little rural church began to grow and by February 1945, the Sunday School enrollment had grown to 178.


Who We Are

A lot has happened since that September day in 1911. Over one hundred years have seen many changes. The church facilities are much larger are farther reaching, providing worship area, class rooms, offices, a gym & kitchen, a dedicated nursery & preschool area, as well as a new youth facility. EMBC has moved from a single minister to a staff which includes a Senior Pastor as well as Ministers of Music, Youth, & Children, plus soon to be an Associate Minister of Education.
East Mountain Baptist Church is no longer just about East Mountain. EMBC has become a regional church, made up of families representing 13 different school districts, from Kilgore to Hawkins, from Diana to Pine Tree. The EMBC family ranges literally from newborn to 100 years old! There are teachers & builders, retirees & college students, men & women of all ages & backgrounds, youth & children from all types of families & situations, all coming together to form one church family.
There is no dress code. There is no set style of music. Traditional, contemporary, blue grass, gospel…you name it, we do it.
The one constant is that EMBC is about Jesus, period. We are here to worship, grow in, & love Jesus Christ. We praise God & serve Him & Him alone. We are His Church & we seek His glory.
We are NOT perfect, not by a long shot. But, we are seeking to become more of what God has called us to be. Why don’t you come join us & see what God is up to!
What We Believe
We as a church subscribe to the “Baptist Faith and Message” as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000. If you would like to know more about this click the link below.
Church Beliefs
We believe the Holy Scriptures are the accurate and true Word of God.
We believe God exists in three persons; The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each distinct, yet all the one and only God
We believe Jesus Christ is the virgin-born Son of God who lived in the flesh, died for the sins of the world, was buried, rose again and ascended to the Father according to the Scriptures
We believe the death of Jesus Christ was the final and complete sacrifice for the sins of humanity. Salvation is obtained by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
We believe the Holy Spirit dwells within all who are saved
We believe that those who have placed their faith in Christ are knit together in one body – The Church
We believe Christ will return for His church and we will live in eternity with Him.