For many are called, but few are chosen. (Matthew 22:14) Pastor Earl M. Graham Jr. attended J.A. Fair High School, Little Rock, AR. In 2007, he enrolled in the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where he studied Business Administration. Upon accepting his call to preach, he transferred to Central Baptist College in Conway, AR where in 2011 he received a B.S. in Leadership & Ministry. He is currently seeking a Master of Divinity at Liberty University-Baptist Theological Seminary (Lynchburg, VA).
Pastor Graham was elected pastor of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church on October 12, 2015. Pastor Graham was both licensed (September 21, 2008) and ordained (July 6, 2014) at the Longley Baptist Church in Little Rock, AR under the leadership of Pastor Dwight D. Townsend Sr. Prior to being elected pastor of Mt. Pleasant, Pastor Graham served as Pastor of the Mt. Friendship Baptist Church, Curtis, AR.
Pastor Graham is married to Bianca Nicole Graham and they are the proud parents of three 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.