Mt. Holiness Christian Church was established in 1954 and has contributed greatly to the Bedford Stuyvesant community. Mt. Holiness has been a pillar of support for many generations of families in the community, helping to mold individuals and strengthen their faith to make their resolve mightier.
While Mt. Holiness Christian Church has done great work with the community, our calling is to do even greater things. Our mission is to create community empowerment programs through the church that focuses on mental health, education, wellness and fitness. We have an existing relationship with mental health professionals that have over 15 years of experience supporting individuals through life transitions. Mental Health support will promote wellness, self care, healing that centers the experiences of Black and Brown individuals. Our goal is to eliminate stigma, disrupt unhealthy patterns and increase access to quality mental health support.
We have already enlisted certified educators to provide GED programs, and after school programs for younger students to help eliminate the school to prison pipeline that has negatively impacted Black and Brown communities. In addition, we will offer services to those who are experiencing addiction; mentoring programs, reentry programs and programs to interrupt violence. Specifically, “The Family that Prays Together” program will provide support to individuals that have experienced the prison system reunite with their children. With all these support systems in place- our community, our people and our city will thrive. Along with the mental health and educational support- we plan to offer fitness, wellness services to end health disparities and promote healing.
For quite some time, we were hopeful about securing funds through a partnership with a Developer to make much needed improvements to the church. Unfortunately, because of current hardships we are no longer working with said Developer and have decided to turn to our neighbors for a helping hand. Mt. Holiness Christian Church is in need of extensive building repairs and we are asking for your support. Our edifice continues to deteriorate, and the building is being destroyed by inclement weather and rodents. All donations will go directly to making much needed repairs to the roof, staircases, heating system and the restructuring of the space.
With your support, Senior Pastor Rosemary Bland Garnett and Pastor Russell Bland will be able to continue spreading the good news of God at 182 Van Buren Street and Mt. Holiness Christian Church can continue to serve as a community hub and sanctuary for the great people of Bedford Stuyvesant.
We thank you in advance for helping to keep our vision alive and we thank you for taking the time to learn more about our story and ways that you can support our mission.
Just as God instructed the Prophets Haggai & Zechariah to rebuild the Temple- God has instructed Mt Holiness Christian Church to stir up the people to rebuild the house of God. (Ezra 5:1-11)