"This is just a joyous occasion, and the Lord has blessed us with a place of worship," Rev. Jessie Sawyer said Sunday.
On March 23, the dedication service for the new Mt. Pleasant church was themed, "We have come this far by faith," and according to Sawyer, is a testament of how the church family came together to get the church built.
"We're a family here, and this is a time to serve the Lord and show the appreciation of what he has given us," Sawyer said.
Located near Carroll County Road 235 and Highway 17, the new church sits on top a hill, and members flocked there Sunday to pay homage to the historic church -- one of the oldest in rural Carroll County.
Prior to the new church, members worshipped in the old building, built in the early 1900s, that has since become overcrowded with membership increasing.
The old Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church was deeded four acres of land from the Old Black Hawk School and by the late Gus Durham. The church was named Mt. Pleasant after two brothers, John and Pawhatten Pleasant, who lived in the Black Hawk Community.
The original Mt. Pleasant Church began their worship services in a small tent, which was a four post structure in the 1890s. The wooden structure where they worshipped most recently was constructed in 1915.
"I'm thankful just to think about what God has done and is doing for us as a church," Sawyer said. "For years this has been a project that we've all wanted, and our hearts go out to all the contractors, and family members. This shows just how good God is."