Shannon Scott

Senior Pastor

Shannon and his wife Zelma accepted the call to Mount Vernon as their first full-time pastorate in 1978.  Prior to coming to Mount Vernon, he served three other pastorates.  Born in West Virginia, Shannon grew up in the town of Zebulon, NC.  God has blessed Shannon and Zelma with two children and eight grandchildren.  Their son, Jarrod, is also a pastor and their daughter, Vanessa, is active in church music.

Shannon has received a B.A. from Campbell University, a M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Honorary D.Div. from Emmanuel Bible College and Seminary in Kota, India.  As a trustee at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Shannon has served for ten years on the Executive Board.  He has also served on the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s Board of Directors.  In addition, he is one of the founding pastors of North Raleigh Christian Academy and is a strong advocate for Christian Education.

His preaching style is Biblical Exposition, with an emphasis on evangelism and missions.  Throughout the year, Shannon preaches at numerous Churches, Seminaries, and Bible Conferences stateside as well as internationally.

Shannon’s Ministry verse is: “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching” – 1 Timothy 5:17

Joshua Blythe

Associate Pastor

Raleigh native Joshua Blythe grew up at Mount Vernon, was saved as a child, and answered the call to Gospel ministry as a teenager. He is a graduate of Liberty University (B.A. in History and Biblical Studies) and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (M.A.R. in Biblical Studies and M.Div. in Pastoral Ministry).

Prior to coming back home to serve at Mount Vernon in April 2015, Joshua had the privilege of serving in two pastorates – one in eastern NC and one in western NC. He married his wife Kristen in 2009, and they are privileged to be parents to three children, Emma, Enoch, and Hope.

“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.”  2 Timothy 4:2

Kevin Moore

Minister to Youth

A Raleigh native, Kevin accepted the Lord in 1978. He has served at Mount Vernon as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, brotherhood director and choir member. In 1983, Kevin married Sandra, his church sweetheart. In 1998, Kevin joined the Mount Vernon staff to serve as Minister of Youth.

Kevin and Sandra are the proud parents of two adult sons who both love Christ and are blessed with godly wives that serve the Lord alongside them. In October 2012, the Lord blessed them again with the birth of their granddaughter.

“One of the greatest joys of serving on staff at MVBC is seeing young people come to faith in Jesus Christ, and then seeing them mature into adults that serve Jesus and lead their families as men and women of God!”

Daniel Brown

Minister of Music & Worship

Daniel is a lifelong musician, and has led worship in the church since the turn of the century. He came to Mount Vernon in 2015. Daniel minored in music while getting an engineering degree at NC State; during that time he also met his wife at the Baptist Student Center.  He worked for several years in the engineering field, and continued doing so through his studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he completed a Diploma in Church Music and a Master of Divinity in 2008.

“I feel I am exactly where God wants me to be when I lead the congregation in worship through singing. Serving the Lord in a capacity to which He has called me, serving the Church, and using music to glorify God and minister to others brings me great joy.”

Daniel and his wife have three children.

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Philippians 3:12

David Ethridge

Minister to Young Adults

David joined the Mount Vernon staff in 2013 after serving as a lay minister for 20 years at churches in Georgia, California, Virginia, and North Carolina. David is an ordained minister and an associate instructor with “Walk Thru the Bible.” He also teaches Old and New Testament Studies at the Roma Bible Institute headquartered in Budapest, Hungary.

David and his wife Janna are natives of Atlanta, Georgia and were married in 1994. They are the proud parents of Caleb, Julianna, and Emma Kate.

As a bi-vocational minister David is also a practicing engineer, and holds an M.Div. with Christian Apologetics from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a B.E.E. from Georgia Tech, and an M.S.E.E. from Stanford University.

“Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they breed quarrels. The Lord’s slave must not quarrel, but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach, and patient, instructing his opponents with gentleness.” 2 Timothy 2:22-25

Crystal Pace

Children's Ministry Director
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Crystal made her home in North Carolina in 1993, moving here from Florida. She has served in Children’s Ministry for more than 20 years. She has been a member of Mount Vernon since 2000. It is here that she met her husband, Jerrold. They are parents to two go-get-em kids, Maggie and Tucker. As a family, they have served and volunteered in many capacities at MVBC. She is thrilled to serve the Lord, our church, the children and their families as Children’s Ministry Director. Her focus in ministry is to help children develop a loving and lasting personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Through Biblical discipleship, she strives to help children see that they are unique and wonderfully made and teach them how to be bold and courageous in their maturing faith. Combining her creativity and passion for fun, she looks forward to engaging the kids in service and growth in the Lord. In her free time, she enjoys sharing coffee and laughs with family and friends.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 6:4-7

Mary (Sweety) Sam

Nursery Director
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I grew up in Tenkasi, India, where my parents have a ministry which includes a church, an orphanage, school and Bible college. I am one of seven kids, but because my parents had an orphanage I grew up with almost 60 siblings. I have been in ministry my whole life and have always worked with children. I came to the United States to be trained and equipped at Southeastern Seminary (MA in Christian Education). I am grateful for this opportunity to teach the preschoolers and their families about Jesus Christ. My desire is to teach the kids the Gospel because when they learn to love and obey Jesus from an early age, they tend to stay rooted in Christ as they grow up.

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6.

Ivan Crissman

Mission Trips Coordinator

Ivan and his wife Bonnie moved to Raleigh in September of 2012 to be near their 2 children and 6 grandchildren. Prior to the move, Ivan was Director of Missions at Rich Fork Baptist Church in Thomasville, NC, for 10 years. In that position, he planned and participated in mission work, not only in the U.S., but also in Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Romania, Ukraine, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. Ivan is a former Elementary School Principal, having retired from that position in June of 2000.

“And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'” – Romans 10:15

Susan Wyatt

Director - The Growing Place

Susan and her husband David joined Mt. Vernon in 1990 and have 2 children. A native of Tennessee, Susan’s years of experience in children’s ministry were evidenced as she orchestrated the start-up of our preschool program, known as The Growing Place. On staff since 1993, Susan now serves as Director of The Growing Place.

Joan Agnor

Church Secretary

Joan and her husband Bill are natives of the Roanoke, VA area.  They and their two children moved to Raleigh, NC in 1985 and soon became members of MVBC.  They have two children, Mark and Susan, and six grandchildren.  Joan has been the Church Secretary at MVBC since July 1996.  She enjoys supporting and helping all the staff members of MVBC.

Larry Bowlin

Financial Secretary

Larry joined our staff part-time as Financial Secretary in 2018. He retired from the state of North Carolina in 2009 after a 38+ year career in accounting/finance, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team. Both he and his wife have been faithful members at MVBC for over 20 years.

Vadym Bondarenko

Maintenance Director

Vadym Bondarenko joined the Mount Vernon staff in 2018 as Maintenance Director for the MVBC main campus.  He is responsible for the ongoing care of MVBC facilities in support of the church’s varied ministries.  His desire is to maintain MVBC meeting spaces in such a way to create a worshipful atmosphere appropriate to the activity at hand, and minimize distractions so we may concentrate on our great Savior, His word, and the work of the Spirit in our life together.