Earl Michael Graham, Jr. is the dynamic and spirit-filled pastor of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, North Little Rock, AR. His biblically-sound teaching delivers the Word of God in a clear, relevant way to lead those to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Pastor Graham’s vision of “Growing Into Something Greater” encourages everyone to use their spiritual gifts to carry out the work of the Lord. He is most passionate about today’s youth and young adults in promoting intellectual, social, and spiritual growth.
Pastor Graham was both licensed and ordained at Longley Baptist Church, Little Rock, AR. His academic accomplishments include Doctor of Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary, Camilla, GA; Master of Religious Education from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA; and Bachelor of Science degree in Leadership and Ministry—Cum Laude from Central Baptist College, Conway, AR. He continues his studies through Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX.
Pastor Graham is the author of the book entitled, “Answer The Phone: A Conversation About The Call To Ministry”, that uses current phone features to correlate with the call to serve. This reading is beneficial to all persons who feel as though God is calling them to a new assignment.
A basketball enthusiast, Pastor Graham is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Pastor Graham and his wife, Bianca, are the proud parents of three beautiful children—Layla, Earl III, and Elijah.
Dr. O. C. Jones is the anointed Pastor Emeritus of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of North Little Rock, Arkansas. Pastor Jones is the oldest of seven siblings and attended Scipio A. Jones High School before being drafted in the United States Army. Upon his return, Pastor Jones attended and graduated from Dunbar Junior College.
Dr. Otis Cecil Jones is known as an influential, motivating, and dynamic speaker. He is passionate about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and making the Word of God relevant in the lives of many individuals as possible from any age group or culture. He is the kind of man who reaches up to God, and reaches down and catches the hand of man through Jesus Christ, joining God and man together!
Dr. Jones was baptized October 23, 1949 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, North Little Rock, AR. He preached his first sermon on June 19, 1953 from John 9:4 “Working While It Is Day”. He was ordained as a Gospel Preacher on January 16, 1957, and then elected and installed as pastor of Mt. Pleasant on July 21, 1957.
Dr. Jones attended Scipio A. Jones High School, North Little Rock, AR before being drafted into the United States Army. Upon his return, Dr. Jones attended and graduated from Dunbar Junior College. He is also a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Boyce Bible School, Louisville, KY, and Arkansas Baptist College, receiving a BA Degree. He also attended Philander Smith College and the University of Little Rock with emphasis in Special Studies, and also was a certified instructor of GMC Bible Institute, North Little Rock, AR.
As a “top-level” servant, Dr. Jones has been recognized locally and nationally for his excellent service in ministry and community. He has served as Moderator of the Middlewestern District Baptist Association, and president of the Middlewestern District Baptist Congress of Christian Education for 20 years. Dr. Jones is a longtime member of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. having served as Vice-President. He also has served as president of the Regular Arkansas Baptist Convention, Inc. He was a part of the “March on Washington” with the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and also served as spiritual advisor for the former President Bill Clinton. He is the spiritual advisor for the North Little Rock City Mission. For his labor, Dr. Jones has received numerous awards and accolades.
Mt. Pleasant has been blessed with Dr. Jones as its pastor, who retired in 2013, and is now designated as Pastor Emeritus. While Dr. Jones has retired from full-time ministry at Mt. Peasant for 56 years, a Christian never retires from a life of service to our Lord!
He is married to the former Georgia Gaston McCain.