About Our Church

Our Church

Mountaintown Baptist Church is Ellijay’s oldest church, established in 1840. We are a New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes.

In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.

The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.

Meet Our Pastor

Sam Snider and his wife Karla are excited to serve the Mountaintown Baptist Church community. Sam has served the church since October 2020 as a transitional pastor. Sam and Karla were married July 20, 1985 and have two sons and four grandchildren. Joshua and Caitlin Snider live in Ellijay and have three children, Luke, Bonnie and William.

David and Megan Snider live in Rome Ga. and are expecting their first child in October 2021. Sam was born again at 16 years old while attending a cookout for the football team in Ellijay, GA. The Gospel was presented and his life was forever changed.

Sam experienced a call to preach during his first year in college and has served as a Methodist lay speaker, youth pastor, deacon, elder, and most recently as the pastor of a non-denominational church called “The Word Church of Ellijay”. Sam is 57 years old and has been a bi-vocational preacher for many years. Sam is presently serving as the head spiritual director for Georgia Mountain Tres Dias.


Most of Sam’s career has been and still is in education. After 33 years in Public education, Sam has served 2 years as a science teacher in Roswell Ga. and is teaching part time at North Georgia Christian Academy in Ellijay, Ga.. Sam’s wife Karla has been a Physical Therapist and now enjoys being “Grammy” to her grandchildren.


Sam’s vision for the church is to Glorify God through living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are to love, serve and share our faith through our daily lives. With the aid of the Holy Spirit and the guidance of the word of God, we hope to be a witness in the community where we live.

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