Staff

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John Dunaway | Senior Pastor

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Pastor John Dunaway

Pastor John Dunaway has been the senior pastor at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church since February 26, 1989. He came from Vienna Baptist Church in southern Indiana where he served while attending seminary in Louisville, KY. He also pastored at First Baptist Church in Flora, Indiana and at Browns Valley Missionary Baptist Church near Crawfordsville, Indiana. Pastor John was impressed by the Lord to go into full time Christian service in 1981 and entered the Southern Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY in the fall of 1985. After completing his seminary work, he accepted the senior pastor position at MPBC and was ordained in June of 1989 by the American Baptist Churches of Greater Indianapolis. Pastor John and his wife, Ellen, have nine children (four boys and five girls). Their first four children were born into their family and the last five were adopted. Two of their adopted children were adopted locally and three from the country of Haiti and they are the proud grandparents of eight granddaughters and four grandsons. His vision for Mt. Pleasant has always been to lead our church family in a healthy spiritual journey that is pleasing to the Lord and hopes that you will find Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church as a place where you would like to serve the Lord. Mt. Pleasant – truly a “Place to Belong and a Place to Become”

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Dena Shomali | Director of Music and Worship

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Dena Shomali

Dena Shomali is the Music Director and pianist for Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and has had a passionate love for music since she was four years old. Her parents have always been very heavily involved with music in the church. Dena and her husband, Jerry, have three children. She is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis with a Bachelor of Science in Music and has an extensive music background that includes performances with Ballets, Orchestras, Musical Theatre and several choral groups and solo acts. She is also a private voice and piano teacher, a studio musician and a member of the Indianapolis Arts Chorale. “Through all of my education and experience, I have learned that nothing is as sweet and satisfying as bringing glory to God through the gift He has given me.”   Dena’s vision for the Music Ministry at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church is to…

  • Direct the ministry in a manner that serves the Lord,
  • Bring the congregation into his Holy Presence,
  • Minister to those that are looking for something more in life,
  • Bring unity, togetherness and joy to the body of Christ.

“There is POWER in the music and we invite you to come and experience the power of the Lord through the music at Mt. Pleasant.”

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Allison Sells | Office Administrator

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Allison Sells

Allison and her husband, James, have been members of Mt. Pleasant since June 2003. They knew this was the place where the Lord wanted them to serve and worship after visiting only a couple of times. They got involved in the children & youth ministries, as well as a small group and quickly made friends within the church family. They have three children who love attending the children’s ministry programs offered at MPBC. Allison has been on staff since October 2007. She started in the Assistant Office Administrator position, then was promoted to Office Administrator in 2011. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana State University in 1993 and worked in Human Resources for several years. Allison is grateful for the opportunity to work part-time in the church office and to provide administrative support to the ministries of Mt. Pleasant. If you are looking for a church home and a place to serve Jesus Christ, she wants to encourage you to visit Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

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Bethany Hollingsworth | Associate Office Administrator

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Bethany Hollingsworth

Bethany has been a member of Mt Pleasant since 1990. She and her husband, Drew, have four small children and have found MPBC to be an incredible church to raise a family in! Bethany came on staff in October 2011 after taking a break from the work place to stay home with her children. She serves as the Chair Person for our Church Growth Ministry, is very involved in our Women’s Ministry, sings in the worship band, and is on the Sunday School rotation.

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