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Our Vision

Our vision for New Mt. Vernon has it a hot bed of daily activity with programs and ministries functioning to spread the gospel, to take up the ministry of reconciliation and to provide genuine service to our members and to the community. We envision New Mt. Vernon as a growing and vibrant, ministry standing in this community as a beacon of salvation and hope and compassion and caring, exhibiting the love of Christ to all.

Our God has a plan for our lives individually and collectively (Jeremiah 29:11).  Now is the time for true believers to rise up together in the name of the Lord in obedience to fulfill His mission for us. Time is far spent, and His return is sooner than we think, blessed we will be if when He returns He finds us doing as He has commanded.  The vision shall come to pass!


Our mission and purpose is to win the lost to Jesus Christ, and build the lives of people for Christ through a holistic ministry of the Word of God so that they become responsible, reproducing and biblically indoctrinated ambassadors for Him.


God's Plan of Salvation

Why do you need to be saved?

Romans 3:23:  “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

What did God to do offer you salvation?

John 3:16:  “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”


How c an you be saved?

John 14:6:  “Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh to the Father but by me.”



Church Location

The New Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church

21009 Ithaca Avenue

Ferndale, Michigan 48220

Office:  (248) 541-3870

Fax:  (248) 541-2831


One Block North of 8 Mile Rd.

One Block West of Wyoming



Highlights of our Church History

In 1925 our church began as a Sunday School with Rev. C. C. Bates as organizer.  The first deacons of this newly established local church were Brothers Clarence Hicks, Charlie Daniels, Jack Stepp and Clay Mitchell. Some of the first members were Desby Jackson, Emma Williams, Willie Ann Austin, Minister and Mrs. Hicks. Sis. Hicks was the first president of the Missionary Society, and she also submitted the name New Mt. Vernon. Among the first candidates for baptism were Rose Adams and Gussie Mae Austin-Dade.

1928-1937  J.M. Hartwick served as pastor of the church for nine fruitful years. He continued the worship services in the portable school slightly more than one year. The fellowship felt keenly the need for their own house of worship, and a building was bought in 1929 and placed on the lots purchased under Pastor Bates.

1938 E.L. Phillips was called as pastor in June.

S.M. Thomas was called as pastor in August 1939. At that time, G.L. Thompson was called as assistant pastor.  In 1940 during the tenure of Pastor Thomas the basement of the old building was constructed. The pastor and people worked diligently to maintain a high degree of fellowship and worship. The total church membership grew. At the end of seven year of fruitful and effective ministry, Pastor S.M. Thomas was called from labor to reward on December 25, 1947.

On April 11, 1948 the membership was directed by the Holy Spirit to call R.J. Cunningham, an associate minister of the church, as pastor. During the leadership of Pastor Cunningham construction was completed on the old building and the mortgage was burned  in June of 1957.  On May 17, 1960 the Lord called our beloved Pastor R.J. Cunningham, unto Himself to spend eternity with Him.

December 16, 1960 Pastor J.L. Webb accepted the call to serve as pastor of The New Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church. Early in his pastorate, Pastor Webb made many renovations to the old building. On August 31, 1969 we broke ground for a new worship center. May 1, 1971 was the day construction actually began. Again, the pastor and members worked diligently and on November 28, 1971 we entered the new church.  The mortgage was burned in November of 1983.  Pastor Webb’s anointed vision led us forward in the work of the Lord. In November of 2005 Pastor Webb was retired from the day to day duties of the pastorate.  On October 26, 2008 the Lord called our beloved, Pastor J.L. Webb, from labor to reward.

On February 21, 2010 the membership, after prayerful deliberation, called Dr. James E. Flakes to serve as Pastor of The New Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church.  We embrace the future with great expectations knowing that God will do great things through this congregation under Dr. Flakes’ leadership.

We thank the Divine Providence of God for a rich and glorious history.  We look to the future knowing that His administration guides us to greater works, and we remain prayerful that God will continue to strengthen us to successfully meet the challenges of ministry in the 21st century as we look to His soon return.

"'Twas grace that brough us save thus far, and grace will lead us on,"


What We Believe

Jesus the Christ redeemed us and instructed us to become a community of love.

There is one, and only one, living and true God, and infinite intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state

The salvation of sinners is wholly grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God and is made free to all.

To be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again; that Regeneration consists of giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected, in a manner above our comprehension, by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.

Repentance and Faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God

Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

The local Church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only Scriptural officers are Bishops or Pastors, and deacons whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the epistles to Timothy and Titus.

Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son and Holy Ghost.

The first day of the week is the Lord's Day. It is to be kept sacred to religious purposes and set aside for communal worship.

Civil government should be respected, for the interests and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.

The end of the world is approaching; that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grace to final retribution; that a solemn separation will them take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell on principles of righteousness.

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