Church Plant Residency

Church Plant Residency (CPR)


The church plant residency at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church is designed to equip, educate, and prepare Biblically qualified men to plant faithful and fruitful churches in our community, state, nation, and world. This residency exists for men who have been called by God into vocational ministry to help equip them to build a team to faithfully plant or revitalize a church. This residency cannot offer an exhaustive training for church planting or pastoral ministry, but rather give the individual the necessary tools, experience, and training to be successful. Each candidate selected will be trained through our residency by our pastoral staff and leverage any other resources we find helpful to develop competency in their directed field.


The church plant residency at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church will be up to a 2-year agreement requiring full time attention. The residency will combine practical pastoral ministry experience with academic reading and instruction led by mentorship by the pastoral staff.


Mount Pleasant Baptist Church hopes to structure this residency in partnership with the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia (SBCV) and the North American Mission Board (NAMB). The pastoral staff realize we cannot do this alone, both financially and organizationally. We are excited that these partners are excited to see healthy churches planted while reminding us that “we are not alone” in this endeavor. Churches planted or revitalized out of our residency will be expected to cooperate within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).

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Current Church Plant Resident

Andrew Cheatham

Originally from a small town in Tennessee, Andrew has a heart for large, diverse cities with substantial populations of international migrants. He is a grateful and undeserving follower of Jesus, husband to a wise and beautiful wife, Eunice, and father of two incredible children named Ezra and Abigail, with a third on the way. Andrew is a graduate of Liberty University’s Divinity School and has spent the last seven years serving at Swift Creek Baptist Church. It is the desire and burden of the Cheatham family to be sent to a city and community where the need is great for the name of Jesus to be proclaimed and displayed.

Why Church Plant Residency?


On the second episode of the But Why? podcast, Joe Mayes and Lucy Brink are joined by Andrew Cheatham, our church plant resident. Tune in as they discuss the process of planting and Andrew’s journey of understanding God’s direction for his ministry.


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