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Our Beliefs

    1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God revealing the love of God to the world. 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; John 3:16

    2. We believe that there is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Ephesians 4:4-6

    3. We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood on the cross, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory. Matthew 1:23; John 1:1-4 and 1:29; Acts 1:11 and 2:22-24; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-4 and 4:15.

    4. We believe that all people everywhere are lost and face the judgement of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that for the salvation of lost and sinful ‘beings,’ repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, we believe that God will reward the righteous with eternal life in heaven, and that He will banish the unrighteous to everlasting punishment in hell. Luke 24:46-47; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23; 2 Corinthians 5:10-11; Ephesians 1:7 and 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7.

    5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, whose indwelling enables the Christian to live a godly life. John 3:5-8; Acts 1:8; and 4:31; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Galatians 5:16-18; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 2:6-10.


    1. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. 1 Corinthians 15-51-57; Revelation 20:11-15.


    1. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 1:22-23.

    2. We believe that the ministry of evangelism (sharing and proclaiming the message of salvation only possible by grace through faith in Jesus Christ) and discipleship (helping followers of Christ grow up into maturity in Christ) is a responsibility of all followers of Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15; Peter 3:15

    3. We believe God’s plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage, that God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female. Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9.

    4. We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of evangelism. Matthew 9:35-38; 22:37-39, and 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15 and 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10; Colossians 2:6-10; 1 Peter 3:15.

    5. We believe that human life is sacred from conception to its natural end; and that we must have concern for the physical and spiritual needs of our ‘brothers and sisters.’ Psalm 139: 13; Isaiah 49:1; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 22:37-39; Romans 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10.


      1. Marriage and Sexuality

        1. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one legitimate meaning, and that is marriage sanctioned by God, which joins one man and one woman in a single, covenantal union as delineated by Scripture. Marriage ceremonies performed in any facility or space owned, leased, or rented by this church will be only those ceremonies sanctioned by God, joining one man with one woman as their genders were determined by anatomy at birth (and not subject to change). Whenever there is a conflict between the church’s position and any new legal standard for marriage, the church’s statement of faith, doctrines, and biblical positions will govern. (Gen. 2:24; Eph. 5:22-23; Mark 10:6-9; I Cor. 7:1-9)

        2. We believe that God creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, unchangeable genders together reflect the image and nature of God, and the rejection of one's biological gender is a rejection of the image of God within that person. (Genesis 1:26-27)

      2. Love. We believe that we should demonstrate love for others, not only toward fellow believers, but also toward those who are not believers, those who oppose us, and those who engage in sinful actions. We are to deal graciously, humbly, gently, and patiently with those who oppose us. God forbids the stirring up of strife, the taking of revenge, or the threat or use of violence as a means of resolving personal conflict or obtaining personal justice. Although God commands us to abhor sinful actions, we are to love and pray for any person who engages in such actions. (Lev. 19:18; Matt. 5:44-48; Luke 6:31; John 13:34-35; Rom. 12:9-10; 17-21; 13:8-10; Phil. 2:2-4; 2 Tim. 2:24-26; Titus 3:2; I Peter 3:8-9; 1 John 3:17-18)

      3. Protection of Children. We believe that children are a blessing from the Lord and must be absolutely protected within the church from any form of abuse or molestation. (Ps. 127:3-5; Matt. 18:6, 19:14; Mark 10:14)

Staff and Leadership

Meet the Spiritual Team

The best church leader is a team. At Mount Pleasant Church, we’re blessed with an outstanding group of dedicated believers and religious leaders who conduct services, run events and keep our community on a clear spiritual path.

Seeking a Pastor

We are currently seeking a pastor to lead our congregation through our next chapter.  Please email or call us at 540-822-5513 for more details.

Gail Mayner

Choir Director

Gail Mayner is the choir director and co-lay leader of Mt. Pleasant. Gail was born in CA, raised in the Midwest (IA & IL), attended University of Iowa and finished at University of Maryland with a BA degree in French/Secondary Education.


She is married to Ron Mayner who is a retired microbiologist and is enjoying furniture woodworking now. Ron & Gail have two daughters, two sons-in-law, a son, a daughter-in-law, and seven grandchildren.


Gail & Ron have worshiped at Mt. Pleasant since 1980.  As choir director and co-lay leader, Gail assists the pastor in leading worship, conducts choir rehearsals, and enjoys teaching the Bible and participating in small group studies.


  • Favorite Bible verses: Philippians 1:6, 3:10, & 4:4

  • First job: Waitress at diners in West Liberty, IA

  • Favorite things: Time with family & friends, hiking & birdwatching, reading the Bible, singing praises to my Lord.

Brad Bretzen

Administrative Council Chair

Brad Bretzin has been serving as the Administrative Council Chair since 2009.  Brad grew up in Portville, NY, a very rural town on the border of NY and PA, not unlike Lovettsville. After graduating from Gettysburg College, Brad served as a Signal Corps Officer in the US Army for 10 years, and has been working as a Systems Engineer in the DC Metro area for over 20 years.


He is married to Jane Bretzin, a licensed Social Worker supporting our community and the greater Loudoun County.  Brad and Jane have three sons and one daughter.


The Bretzin family began attending Mt Pleasant in 1993 where they all have participated in a number of the ministries over the years.  As head of the Admin Council, Brad collaborates with the pastor, the lay leaders, and the Ministry chairs to plan and organize our church’s resources to most effectively make disciples and care for our Taylorstown neighbors and local Community.


  • Favorite Bible verses: 1Kings 17:9-24, John 4:1-42 & Ephesians 2:10

  • First job: Brad’s first job was painting and custodial work for Portville Schools for two consecutive summers

  • Favorite Things: Watching sports, yardwork/gardening, VBS

Stained Glass

Our mission at Mount Pleasant Church is to be compassionate, inclusive and to walk with Jesus. Through gospel, service, worship and missions, we bring God closer to our hearts and closer to the hearts of those around us. As a fellowship of believers, we have the honor of proclaiming the glory of Christ to one another in a loving and caring setting.

The Soul of Mount Pleasant Church

As devoted members of Mount Pleasant Church, we are constantly pursuing the calling to be fully devoted followers of Christ. To build a true heaven on Earth, we live life based on the teachings of the Bible, are passionate about prayer and are grounded in spiritual accountability. If you are interested in joining our Church, please reach out. We would love for you to visit.

For where two or three are wgathered in my name, xthere am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20)

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