About Us

Who We Are

Mt. Bethel has a long-standing legacy in the community as “the big yellow church in the heart of East Cobb,” but our mission is to grow and transform to meet the needs of the community we serve. We are an old church with a strong foundation, but we are young at heart. At the center of our mission is a great desire to evolve and stay relevant in our community–to find new ways to share an unchanging Gospel in a changing world.

No matter where you are on your faith journey, what you believe (or don’t), or if you’re in doubt, you are welcome here. If you have any questions about what we believe, or if you’re in the process of exploring what you believe, we welcome you to contact us.

“Mt. Bethel is compelled to love like Christ so that our lives, our city, and the world will be transformed for the glory of God.” Translation: We just want to love people–with no strings attached. We believe that love can truly transform lives.

Mt. Bethel History
Mt. Bethel History

Mt. Bethel has served our community for over 175 years. In the late 1870s, the original church structure at the intersection of what is now Richmond Hill and Charlsie Drive, moved to the corner of Lower Roswell Road and Johnson Ferry Road. Shortly after this move, the new church caught fire, but in no time the Mt. Bethel family rallied together and rebuilt their church stronger than ever. This original church building still exists, but we’ve evolved and expanded over the years.

In 2016, our church grew to include our North Campus, a family-centric community and worship environment located a few miles north of our Lower Roswell Road campus. We know that God’s work is not done with our church or with our work in the community. We look forward to the ways that God will continue to grow us in the future. Our local community is a significant part of our history, and we hope that you will make us part of yours.


Dr. Jody Ray

Lay Preacher and Senior Administrator

Jonathan Lawson

Ministry Team Lead and Assistant Preacher

Dr. John Freeland

Pastor of MB North

Rev. Kim McGarr

Pastor of Care Ministry

What We Believe


We believe in one almighty God who is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All three are distinct, but equal.

The Son

We believe that Jesus Christ was God’s only son, who lived a sinless life and died for the sins of the world. After three days, He rose from the dead and ascended to Heaven to be at the right hand of the Father. Salvation is offered by the grace of God to all who accept Jesus Christ as their savior and place their faith in Him.

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the true Word of God, written by humans with direction from the Holy Spirit.

Christian Life

As Christians, we stop living lives for ourselves and on our own terms and begin living for the glory of God, guided and empowered by His Holy Spirit. Our goal is to be transformed through prayer and obedience to the Word so that we can live in the image of Christ.

The Church

We believe that the Church is the body of Christ. We are compelled to love like Christ so that our lives, our city, and the world are transformed for the glory of God.


Baptism symbolizes our rejection of sin and the start of new life as a disciple of Jesus Christ. It is a public demonstration of our acceptance of faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior.