Meet Our Staff
Dr. John Compton, Senior Pastor
John grew up as a missionary kid in Brazil for eighteen years. He is married to Teresa. She has been a school teacher, children's and women’s ministry coordinator and a personal fitness trainer. She and John are both avid University of Tennessee fans. They have two daughters. Sarah is married to Matt Hinson and lives in Winston Salem with their children Addison and Grant. Rachel is married to Kevin Boger and they also work and live in Winston Salem. John's call to ministry came when he was a teen. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts, he graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, with a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry. He has served as pastor of churches in Texas, Tennessee, Virginia and Mississippi. Mission trips each year are on the “must do” list. When John is not ministering at church; he can be found fishing, hunting, hiking, running, biking or at the gym. When playing golf, he hopes Teresa won't beat him, again. If you’re going out to eat, give him a call because he enjoys sharing life with people. Go, Vols!
Phone: 828-294-2534 ext 202
Ron Skinner, Minister of Music
Ron has a passion for music and for seeing lives changed through the power of Jesus Christ. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of seven. God began to work in Ron’s life during his senior year of high school. It was during this time that Ron surrendered to God’s calling and began to study music.He attended Catawba Valley Community College were he received an Associates degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in music. Upon completion, Ron continued his music studies at Gardner-Webb University and Lenoir-Rhyne University. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Lenoir-Rhyne with an emphasis on guitar performance. Ron comes to us having spent the last decade serving in the music ministries of several churches in the Hickory area. These churches include St. Luke’s Methodist Church, St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Union Baptist Church and First Baptist Church. In addition to music ministry, Ron spent five years working with students and christian schools teaching music education. Currently, he is pursing an Master of Divinity degree at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Ron is married to his high school sweetheart, Ashley and they have a daughter, Rylee. Ron and Ashley are excited about the work that God is doing at Mt. View Baptist Church and feel blessed to be a part of it.
Phone: 828-294-2534 ext 207
Cory Smith, Minister of Youth
Cory has been a part of Mountain View’s congregation since his early childhood. He came to know Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of eight while attending a Vacation Bible School here at Mountain View Baptist Church. He surrendered to God’s calling to preach the gospel at 18 years old on a youth group mission trip to New York City in the summer of 1998.
Cory attended Liberty University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion with a concentration in Biblical Studies. During his time at Liberty, Cory began to travel across the country with several different student focused evangelistic organizations. After his graduation in 2002 Cory started a ministry called Commission 342 and continued to travel across the US preaching the gospel. He has also served in an interim capacity for several churches across North Carolina. Currently, Cory is pursuing his Master of Divinty in Pastoral Ministries from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, VA. Cory married his wife Jennifer in July of 2009, and they have two daughters named Aubry and Ansley.
Phone: 828-294-2534 ext 203
Stanley Mearse, Minister of Children
Stanley Mearse is from Mineral Wells, Texas. He earned an Elementary Education degree from Hardin Simmons University, Abilene, TX then went on to receive his Masters of Divinity Degree from Southeastern University, Wake Forest, NC. Stanley is married to Lydia. Together they have two sons William and Shawn. As a Children’s Pastor and a parent, Stanley feels that it is crucial we reach this generation of children with the truths of the Bible while they are young, to prepare them for the battles they are already facing in life. Think of the despair and loneliness that could be spared by coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ at an early age. It is his prayer and calling to give children a safe, nurturing, and relevant environment where they will have every opportunity to learn to follow Christ.
Phone: 828-294-2534 ext 204
Shari Pettit, Finance Ministry Assistant
Shari was born in Ethiopa, Africa and grew up in an Army family. Growing up she lived in or traveled to countries all around the world. Shari is married to Mark who also is from a military family. Mark retired from the Air Force in 2004, which brought them from Massachusetts to North Carolina. Shari and Mark have 3 beautiful children Molly, Shelby and Matthew. Shari was a Vice-President at a bank in Boston, MA where she worked for 21 years. She also works part time for Catawba County EMS which she really enjoys. The Pettit family are huge Steelers fans and really enjoy the football season.
Cathy Keener, Pastor's Ministry Assistant
Cathy is married to Jeff and has two daughters, Amber and Kristin, and a son-in-law, Pete. Cathy has three grandchildren Bethany, Nicholas, and Noah. She has been a member of MVBC since 1993, and she also came on staff in August of 1993. Cathy loves serving the Lord, spending time with her family, cooking and preparing meals for others, shopping, gardening, and going to the beach.
Ronnie Lipka, Student, Worship & Music Ministry Assistant
Ronnie is married to Phil and has a daughter, Rebecca, and two step-children, Jodi and Philip. She has been a member of MVBC since 2001 and has served on the office staff since August of 2006. She was born in Colorado Springs, CO, to an Air Force family and has travelled to many places around the world. She is active in the Adult Worship Team ministry and the Children's Choir ministry. Ronnie enjoys being on the mission field, going camping, fly fishing, hiking, kayaking, and canoeing. Ronnie also is proud to admit that she is an avid New York Yankees fan.