The cornerstones of faith and values were laid early in Mount Pleasant’s rich history. The Methodist Episcopal Church was the first religious society formed in Mount Pleasant and Henry County. In the latter part of 1835, the Missouri Conference of the M.E. Church sent young Rev. John Ruble “to occupy and cultivate” the new field of Mount Pleasant. He preached his first sermon in the cabin of Presley Saunders, the first home built in Mount Pleasant.
From this simple beginning Mount Pleasant is now home to more than 15 houses of worship. Many local faith-based institutions offer holiday services, religious education and community outreach programming to meet the needs of the community. The Henry County Ministerial Association also spearheads a wealth of ecumenical initiatives and programs throughout the Mount Pleasant area.