John Dunaway | Senior Pastor

Pastor John Dunaway has been the senior pastor at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church since February 26, 1989. He came from Scott County, Indiana where he served the Vienna Baptist Church while attending seminary in Louisville, KY.

Pastor John was impressed by the Lord to go into full-time Christian service in 1981 and entered Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY in the fall of 1985. He accepted his call to serve Mt Pleasant in the winter of 1989 and was ordained in June that same year by the American Baptist Churches of Greater Indianapolis. Pastor John and his wife, Ellen, have nine children (four boys and five girls). They are blessed to have a cross-cultural family, blended by birth, race and nationality.  They are the proud grandparents of ten granddaughters and six grandsons. Pastor John’s vision for Mt. Pleasant has always been to lead our church family in a healthy spiritual journey that is pleasing to the Lord.

“I hope that we will be able to demonstrate that our church is a representation of our community and that we face adversity and success the same as everyone. I want our community to know that we expect people to share your faith experience just as they are – no change is necessary; that we all share the same challenges and struggles – still moving toward necessary adjustments in life; that we welcome all thoughts, doubts and questions;  and that God wants to walk with us and that He is ready to connect with us all in a brand new way.”

Mariah Crawford | Digital Media Coordinator

Hey there, I’m Mariah! I have spent much of my life in different creative fields such as web design, graphic design, social media management & so much more! I grew up in church as a child but have found my own faith in 2020 here. I am so passionate about my position here & can’t wait to continue assisting in the design aspect of our church!

Rodney Crawford | Director of Youth Ministry

Hi, I’m Rodney!  I was raised in church, but it wasn’t until my teenage years that I truly made my faith my own. I have spent several years working with youth, children, and young adults in a variety of ministry settings. As the Director of Youth, my goal is to create a safe, welcoming, and fun environment where teens can explore their faith, ask tough questions, and build deep relationships with God and each other. I believe that every young person has unique gifts and talents that God wants to use for His kingdom, and I’m passionate about helping them discover and develop those gifts. My hope is that every student who comes through our doors will feel seen, heard, and loved. When I’m not at church, you can usually find me spending time with my wife, playing video games/card games with friends, or at your local disc golf course!

Bethany Hollingsworth | Worship Director

Bethany has served as the Worship Director since 2016. She holds an Associate of Science degree in Liberal Arts from Grace College and is working on a bachelor’s degree in ministry leadership. She has a great love for the local church and leading others in discovering life in Christ through worship, small group ministry, and biblical hospitality. She has been married to her husband, Drew, since 2007 and they have five awesome kids.

Allison Sells | Office Administrator

Allison and her family have been attending Mt. Pleasant since 2003, and she has been on staff since October 2007. Allison loves being part of a local church community and is grateful for the opportunity to provide administrative support for the ministry. She is a fan of medium roast coffee and dark chocolate, Colts football, and spending time with family and friends.

Ministry Board

Brian Brown

Drew Hollingsworth


Our Team

Patty Benson

Cathy Richey


Our Team

Bob Owens



Darlene Noel

Andrea Yount

Church Growth


Tim Cooper

Jeannie Cooper



Jan Owens | Treasurer

Shari Bentley | Clerk


Danielle Davison

Rodney Crawford

Bethany Hollingsworth

Spiritual Development