Regionally Diverse. Unified in Christ

 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, providing space for corporate worship, class rooms for small groups of all kinds for all ages, offices, a gym & kitchen, a dedicated nursery & preschool area, as well as the Rooted building the home of our youth ministry. The EMBC staff which was once an individual pastor is now a team of several individuals seeking together to serve, lead and equip disciples for ministry.

East Mountain Baptist Church is no longer just about East Mountain. We are a regional church, made up of folks young and old coming together in Christ from all walks of life and all over this part of east Texas.
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.