In the early 1800s, many from the Eastern United States began moving farther into the unexplored West. Western Kentucky was a popular place for travelers to put down roots and homestead. That is just what Charley and Elizabeth Vincent did in 1828. Charles and Elizabeth had 11 children and 84 grandchildren, many of which helped establish Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.

During the Civil War, people often met in the homes of others for fellowship and worship. In 1869, 40 individuals (the Vincent descendants among them) began to work on forming their own church. The church services were originally held in a schoolhouse until a log house was built next to it. In 1894, a frame structure was put up. That stood until 1948, when construction of a new sanctuary began. When the church became too small, expansions were made in 1958 and 1965.

Since Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church was formed, there have been over 40 different pastors. Five of those pastors were descendants of Charley and Elizabeth Vincent. Twelve clerks and twenty-four deacons who served at the church also descended from the Vincents.

Today, Mt. Pisgah Bapstist Church continues to thrive under the leadership of Pastor Bill Bursztynski, who has been the pastor at Mt. Pisgah for nearly ten years. With classes for all ages on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, visitors are sure to feel welcomed. “We want to know God for ourselves, but we also want to share God with others,” says Bursztynski.

He also invites everyone in the community to attend the 150 anniversary celebration on September 15. There will be a brief Sunday School message at 10:00. Former pastor Todd Gaddis will bring the message at 10:30. Following the message, there will be a fellowship meal followed by special music and testimonies from Mt. Pisgah’s past and present members. All living former pastors will also have a part in the ceremony.

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