Dr. John Compton, Senior Pastor
John grew up as a missionary kid in Brazil for eighteen years. He is married to Teresa. She has been a school teacher, children’s and women’s ministry coordinator. She and John are both avid University of Tennessee fans. They have two daughters. Sarah is married to Matt Hinson and they live in Winston-Salem with their children, Addison and Grant. Rachel is married to Kevin Boger and they live in Newport News, VA with their son, Charles. John’s call to ministry came when he was a teen. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts, he graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, with a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry. He has served as pastor of churches in Texas, Tennessee, Virginia and Mississippi. Mission trips each year are on the “must do” list. When John is not ministering at church, he can be found hunting, hiking, running, biking or at the gym. When playing golf, he hopes Teresa won’t beat him, again. If you’re going out to eat, give him a call because he enjoys sharing life with people. Go, Vols!
Email: john.compton@mvbchickory.com
828-294-2534 ext 202
Cory Smith, Associate Minister
Cory has been a part of Mountain View’s congregation since his early childhood.  He came to know Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of eight while attending a Vacation Bible School here at Mountain View Baptist Church.  He surrendered to God’s calling to preach the gospel at 18 years old on a youth group mission trip to New York City in the summer of 1998. Cory attended Liberty University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion with a concentration in Biblical Studies.  During his time at Liberty, Cory began to travel across the country with several different student focused evangelistic organizations.  After his graduation in 2002, Cory started a ministry called Commission 342 and continued to travel across the US preaching the gospel. Cory received his Master of Divinty in Pastoral Ministries from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, VA and he is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry in Expository Preaching from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Cory married  his wife, Jennifer, in July of 2009, and they have two daughters named Aubry and Ansley and a son, Pate.
Email:  cory@mvbchickory.com
Phone:  828-294-2534 ext 203
Ron Skinner, Minister of Music
Ron has a passion for music and for seeing lives changed through the power of Jesus Christ. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of seven. God began to work in Ron’s life during his senior year of high school. It was during this time that Ron surrendered to God’s calling and began to study music. Ron attended Catawba Valley Community College were he received an Associates degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in music. Upon completion, Ron continued his music studies at Gardner-Webb University and Lenoir-Rhyne University. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Lenoir-Rhyne with an emphasis on guitar performance. Ron comes to us having spent the last decade serving in the music ministries of several churches in the Hickory area. These churches include St. Luke’s Methodist Church, St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Union Baptist Church and First Baptist Church. In addition to music ministry, Ron spent five years working with students and christian schools teaching music education. Currently, he is pursing a Master of Divinity degree at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Ron is married to his high school sweetheart, Ashley and they have a daughter, Rylee and a son, Greyson.
Email:  ron@mvbchickory.com
Phone:  828-294-2534 ext 207
Nathan Riley, Minister of Students
Nathan is from Bowling Green, Kentucky. God called him to ministry his senior year of high school. In 2012, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pastoral Studies from Campbellsville University; while there, he played football and was the worship leader for Baptist Campus Ministries. Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky with a concentration in Biblical Counseling. He has a passion for discipleship and students are drawn to his charisma, authenticity and leadership.  Nathan is married to Jennifer and they have a daughter, Elizabeth and expecting a second child this May. Nathan enjoys Kentucky athletics, guitar, and an active lifestyle.
Email:  nathan@mvbchickory.com
Phone:  828-294-2534 ext 210
Stanley Mearse, Minister of Children
Stanley Mearse is from Mineral Wells, Texas. He earned an Elementary Education degree from Hardin Simmons University, Abilene, TX, then went on to receive his Masters of Divinity Degree from Southeastern University, Wake Forest, NC. Stanley is married to Lydia. Together they have two sons William and Shawn. As a Children’s Pastor and a parent, Stanley feels that it is crucial we reach this generation of children with the truths of the Bible while they are young, to prepare them for the battles they are already facing in life. Think of the despair and loneliness that could be spared by coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ at an early age. It is his prayer and calling to give children a safe, nurturing, and relevant environment where they will have every opportunity to learn to follow Christ.
Email:  stanley@mvbchickory.com
Phone:  828-294-2534 ext 204
Lauren Westmoreland, Preschool Director
Born and raised in Catawba County, Lauren graduated from Fred T. Foard High School. She earned a degree in English and a minor in Child and Family Development from UNC-Charlotte. Lauren married her high school sweetheart and best friend, Stephen, who is currently serving as the principal of Fred T. Foard. They have four children: Lincoln, Charley, Tucker and Harper, two dogs, a cat and a canary. Lauren has taught English in middle and high school as well as at CVCC. But her favorite age group is preschoolers! She’s served as a preschool director for the past 6 years. In her little spare time she enjoys exercising, playing with her children, hanging out with friends at Lenoir-Rhyne games, having date nights with her husband, and watching the Green Bay Packers. Her life verse is Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.”
Email:  lauren@mvbchickory.com
Phone:  828-294-2534 ext 212
Shari Pettit, Office Manager
Shari was born in Ethiopa, Africa, and grew up in an Army family. Growing up she lived in or traveled to countries all around the world. Shari is married to Mark who also is from a military family. Mark retired from the Air Force in 2004 which brought them from Massachusetts to North Carolina. Shari and Mark have 3 beautiful children Molly, Shelby and Matthew.  Shari was a Vice-President at a bank in Boston, MA, where she worked for 21 years. She also works part time for Catawba County EMS which she really enjoys. The Pettit family are huge Steelers fans and really enjoy the football season.
Email:  shari@mvbchickory.com
Phone:  828-330-0432
Cathy Keener, Pastor’s Ministry Assistant
Cathy is married to Jeff and has two daughters. Amber and Kristin. Amber is married to Pete, and they have 3 children, Bethany, Nicholas, and Noah. Kristin is married to David. She has been a member of MVBC since 1993, and she also came on staff in August of 1993. Cathy loves serving the Lord, spending time with her family, cooking and preparing meals for others, shopping, gardening, and going to the beach.
Email:  cathy@mvbchickory.com
Phone:  828-294-6538
Tracy Cole, Music Ministry Assistant
Tracy attended Word of Life Bible Institute where she met her husband, Steve. They have 4 children; Caleb is married to Sarah and they reside in Hickory, NC;  Elizabeth, Benjamin, and Katherine. Tracy has served in ministry with Word of Life Local Church Ministries and the Pregnancy Care Center. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, playing board games, cooking and baking.
Email: tracy@mvbchickory.com
Phone:  828-294-2534 ext. 213
Phyllis Townsend, Children and Student Ministry Assistant
Phyllis and her husband, Kerry, have been members at MVBC since 2006. Andy is their 17-year old son who attends Student Ministry here at MVBC and they have an older son, Benjamin and his wife Sarah with 2 year-old grandson Connor that live in Lenoir, NC. Phyllis joined the staff in 2017 and loves being involved in ministry after 21 years at Corning, Inc. She also enjoys gardening, walking, shopping and even a little golf from time to time
Email: phyllis@mvbchickory.com
Phone:  828-330-0430
Lucas Carter, Custodian
Lucas is from Lenoir, NC.  After high school, he followed his childhood dream and became a career firefighter.  He is also a student at CVCC in the Fire Protection program.  Lucas is married to his best friend Laura, who is a teacher.  They reside in Hickory, NC. He loves more than anything to spend time with his family.  He also spends time working out, cooking, reading, and playing golf every chance he gets.  He enjoys volunteering with youth in the community and serving in a variety of philanthropic organizations.  Lucas believes in serving God by serving others and also sharing his faith.
Email: lucas@mvbchickory.com
Phone:  828-294-2534
Larry Cheek, Custodian
Larry was born and raised in Danville , Va. He is married to Kimberly. They have one daughter Vanessa. He also has a son Cody who resides in Va. Larry worked for Corning for 20 years before joining the Mountain View Baptist staff. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, gardening and spending time with his family. He also enjoys working with kids in which he coached basketball and baseball for 14 years. He grew up in a Southern Baptist church and loves to share the good news of the Lord with all.
Email: larry@mvbchickory.com
Phone:  828-294-2534