Our History

In the year of our Lord, Sunday, April 9, 1989, at 11:00 a.m., a few of our Lord’s Baptist believers met in the name of Jesus for the sole purpose of mobilizing a local church.  There were several attendees and Dr. William H. Murphy, Sr., acted as moderator.

The name “New Mount Moriah” was recommended by Deacon Leon McDonald, Jr., and was accepted by a majority vote.  The Deacons and Trustees were appointed by Dr. Murphy.  Other ministries were formed and additional officers were selected by a majority vote by those in attendance.

On Sunday, April 16, 1989 newly appointed pastor, Pastor Richard L. Leaks led New Mount Moriah in its first official worship service at the Offender Aid and Restoration Building located at 210 North Perry Street with approximately one hundred (100) people.  Two months later New Mount Moriah moved to 67 Oakland Avenue to continue services.

In January 1990, Bishop William H. Murphy, Jr., was named interim Pastor and on May 27, 1990 he was installed as the permanent Pastor.

In June 1993 New Mount Moriah acquired and relocated to 68 W. Walton Boulevard, Pontiac, MI  48340.  In 1996, New Mount Moriah purchased and relocated to 204 W. New York Street.  In 1999 New

Mount Moriah International Church acquired the 313 E. Walton location, where we are housed today.

Church Vision:

To lead people, to a place in God, that they have not traditionally known

Church Mission Statement: 

To bring salvation and a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, through teaching and training resulting in an outward display of service to God and his people.

 Church Focus:

  • Relationship: Building genuine relationships through fellowship and worship
  • Evangelism: Sharing Christ, seizing the opportunity to win souls
  • Education: Vowing to increase in knowledge both personally and corporately
  • Mission: Engaging the community through service and meeting the needs of God’s people