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About Our Pastor

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“And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.”


Jeremiah 3:15

A Letter From the Pastor's Pen 

Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church has a vision to reach and affect Wilmington, NC with the uncompromising Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We are fully dedicated to helping people enjoy the abundant life Jesus came to give them (John 10:10). This community of faith is based on the integrity of God's Word and believes that every Christian has the ability to live a victorious life through faith in God's Word. 

Mount Calvary desires to be an "oasis" of God's power, anointing and love to all in Wilmington through the many ministries we have through our caring members. We believe in six primary keys that cause you to be a strong Christian and what makes Mount Calvary a strong church experience. They are:

  • Word of God 

  • Local Church Fellowship

  • Prayer 

  • Praise & Worship 

  • Outreach 

  • In Reach 


There is a difference at Mount Calvary. That difference is Jesus Christ living in and through the people who attend. We lovingly and sincerely extend ourselves as a community of faith that desires to see you excel in every aspect of life and we want you to know that Mount Calvary has:

A Desire to reach you,

A Vision to build you, 

And the Love of God to serve you!

Together establishing a strong presence of God in Wilmington, NC.


Dr. Roosevelt Baxter, Jr. is a native of Rock Hill, SC. He is a 25 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Dr. Baxter was the first African American to hold the position of Chief Criminal Investigator within the United States Marine Corps. He retired with the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant. His ministry education includes an earned Doctorate in Biblical Studies from North Carolina College of Theology and numerous certificates and diplomas in Christian Education.

Dr. Baxter has been in the Gospel Ministry for more than twenty years, the majority of which has been in the office of Pastor. After acknowledging his call into the ministry, Dr. Baxter was subsequently ordained by the Trent River Oakley Grove Missionary Baptist Association, Jacksonville, NC.

In May 2004, Dr. Baxter answered the call to pastor Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Under his leadership, the church has implemented several new ministries: New Members Training, Men's and Women's Ministry, Outreach Ministry, Intercessory Prayer Ministry, Prison Ministry and Bible Study. The youth ministry and Teen Mentoring were also implemented. All are contributing to the spiritual and numerical growth of the church.

Dr. Baxter serves as a member of the Presbytery Board of the Middle District Baptist Association. Additionally he also serves as the First Vice President of the Congress of Christian Education of the NC General State Baptist Convention.

Dr. Baxter is happily married to the former Devonna C. McKnight of Davison, NC. She has faithfully walked with Dr. Baxter for more than 34 years. They have been blessed with four children and four grandchildren. 

Dr. Baxter honors his first and only lady and affectionately lets it be known that she is his "Pearl."

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