In April 1976, a handful of people banded together for Bible study and prayer, calling themselves the West Glenwood Bible Fellowship. God answered their prayers and the fellowship grew, holding its first worship service November 7, 1976. On March 5, 1977, this fellowship of believers, choosing to affiliate with the Baptist General Conference, was formally recognized as Mountain View Baptist Church with 34 charter members. Bolitho Elementary School and later the Seventh-Day Adventist Church buildings were secured on a rental basis. Pastor Dave and Kathy Pearson began full-time ministry on August 15, 1977, and a year and a half later a parcel of land was purchased south of Glenwood off of Highway 82.
Groundbreaking was held in the fall of 1979, and a multipurpose facility with a seating capacity of approximately 225 was erected and completed to God’s glory in January 1981. In the fall of 1984, a 6,000-square-foot educational wing was completed. June 1991 marked the completion of a modular classroom building, which initially housed the Middle School and High School Ministries. In the fall of 1993, these ministries moved into the Youth Center on the lower level of the main church building. On June 6, 1999, we officially broke ground for a major expansion project called “Together We Build.” God has graciously blessed our church family, enabling us to complete all five of the building expansion phases. We have completely remodeled the church’s exterior, added an additional 10,000 square feet in the worship center and educational wings, finished the basement, paved the parking lot, and most recently remodeled the kitchen. We look forward to building an outdoor amphitheater.