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 works and lives 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
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
Noah Smith, Worship Leader
Noah grew up in Albany, NY, and moved to Hickory, with his wife Deb, in 2002. They have been involved at MVBC since 2003. They have four children - Alyssa, Hannah, David & Samuel. They enjoy swimming, hiking, fishing, trips to the beach and spending time together as a family. Noah has been an anesthesia provider here in Hickory since his move in 2002 and truly loves his work. In 2010 Noah felt God calling him to serve within the local church. Noah responded to God's call and accepted the position of Worship Leader here at MVBC.
Phone: 828-294-2534 ext 207
Greg Whitener, Choir Director
Greg is a native of the Hickory, NC area and began visiting MVBC with his wife Cindy and their two children, Gregory and Victoria in 2000. Within a few months it was obvious to Cindy and Greg that God had led them to this place. “Both Cindy and I ‘grew-up’ in church and accepted Christ at an early age and had prayed that our children would one day come to a saving knowledge of Christ. Through God’s calling and the children and youth ministries of MVBC, we saw those prayers fulfilled and now see their walk with Christ continue as adults.” While at MVBC, Greg had served in a number of ministry areas – Sunday School, Deacon, Youth, Praise Team, Choir, etc., then in 2010 Greg accepted the position of Choir Director. Greg is excited about the opportunities God is providing to impact people’s lives through Biblically-based Choral music.
Phone: 828-294-2534 ext 207
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.