Pastor Ron is the oldest of four boys. Their Father Harold has passed away and his brothers live in Florida and NC. Ron and Sharon have three children and three grandchildren and a 4th on the way.
Pastor Ron loves sports including golf, tennis, pickle ball, and racquetball. He likes to read, watch movies and enjoys his children and grandchildren.
His greatest supporter has been Sharon, his wife of 33 years. She is a substitute teacher in Kanawha County schools and has a brother who is a pastor in Huntington WV. Her father was also a pastor but has gone home to be with the Lord. She received her Bachelor’s Decree in Journalism at Marshall University. Sharon loves to sing with the praise team.
Rev Monty Foster
Associate Pastor of Youth and Music
Monty was born in Parkersburg, WV in 1963 and grew up in Mt. Lookout, WV, graduating from Nicholas County High School and Alderson-Broaddus University. He married Stacey in May of 1998 and they have one son, Doug and a grandson, Riley. Stacey is a retail manager.
Monty was very active in musical groups and student government while in high school and college, including being a member of “The West Virginians” at A-B. The Baptist Camp at Cowen has been of high importance as he has been a counselor, camp director, and served two Summers on staff. He has also been involved in the WVBC Baptist Campus Ministries as a music leader and as a campus minister.
Ordained to the Gospel Ministry in September of 1995, he has served in many capacities including pastor, youth pastor, music minister, and children’s minister. He currently serves Mount Vernon Baptist Church as youth pastor and music director, beginning in January of 2017.
Rev David White
Associate Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship
Pastor David is a formerly retired pastor of 36 years, having served three churches in our state convention, Racine First, Cook Memorial in Pineville, and was the senior pastor of Oak Hill Baptist for 25 years. He and his wife Connie have been married for 50 years and have three grown children and three grandchildren. They reside in Cross Lanes.
Dr. Lawrence Hoptry
Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care
Lawrence L. Hoptry was born in Ironton, Ohio and is the only child of Harold and Opal Hoptry, both deceased. After living in Chillicothe and Springfield, his family moved to South Charleston, WV. During his senior year of high school at South Charleston High, he accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized at the Bethel Baptist Church by Rev. Elizabeth Caudill. In May 1955, he accepted the call to the ministry and was licensed by the home church.
Florence Ann Ballard
She and her husband, Gene, moved from WV to NC in 1993 where she worked for two Baptist churches for 12 1/2 years. They returned to WV in 2005 to be close to family and their two grandsons. In 2006 she started working for the WV Convention of Southern Baptist as secretary to the Missions and Evangelism Directors and retired from that position in July 2009 to spend more time with her grandsons. She has been faithfully working as the secretary at Mt. Vernon since October, 2010 to present. She looks forward to continuing God’s work in her life here.