John W. Wilkins, M. Min.
lost our Pastor of 36 years on December 18,
2022. Rev. Dr. John W. Wilkins, M. Min. was
a humble, visionary man of God. He served
as Pastor of the Mountain View Missionary
Baptist Church in Campobello, SC.
Wilkins is the author of "Sermons From
Above"a book compiled of various sermon
messages that the Lord God has allowed him
to preach to not only the Mountain View family,
but to other congregations of numerous churches
near and far.
Wilkins was the son of the late Daniel and
Josephine Glenn Wilkins of Wellford, S.C;
growing up in the Campobello, Wellford, Holly
Springs and Inman areas. He was the seventh
of nine brothers and sisters; Lee Daniel,
DeWitt, Isaac, Noah, Catherine (deceased),
Vennie (deceased), Hattie and Sarah Jane (deceased).
He served for 36 years as Pastor of Mountain
View Missionary Baptist Church.
Pastor Wilkins was married to the former Marilyn
D. Hawes with three sons; Cartez, Desmond,
and Jaston; and C. W. Wilkins reared in the
home. He was the grandfather of eight wonderful
grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Wilkins received and accepted Christ in his
life at the early age of 10, soon after joining
Mountain View Baptist Church. At this early
age, Pastor Wilkins served as an usher and
soon as teacher of the Sunday School youth
class, trustee, and then deacon. On August
17, 1981, God called Pastor Wilkins into the
gospel ministry and he preached his initial
sermon on October 11, 1981 while serving under
Rev. J.C. Luster of Simpsonville, S.C at Mountain
View Baptist Church.
Wilkins then enrolled into the School of Religion
to further his knowledge and attended extension
courses at Cornerstone Baptist Church, Spartanburg
SC, where the Late Rev. B.T. Sears was pastor.
He was under the instruction of the Late Rev.
Dr. E.C. Crouch, President of the institute.
While attending the School of Religion, he
served as Associate Pastor of Mountain View
Baptist Church, Campobello SC from 1981 to
1986, ordained by the Council of Churches
of the North Enoree Baptist Association, Rev.
J. E. Young was Presiding Moderator in 1996,
elected as pastor and then installed as Pastor
of the Mountain View Missionary Baptist Church
in January 1987.
Wilkins graduated and received his Diploma
in June 1972 from Chapman High School, Inman,
S.C. He then attended Cornerstone Baptist
Church in Spartanburg, S.C taking Extension
Courses in September 1981. He then attended
Columbia Bible Institute in White Rock, S.C.
from September 1981 to May 1987 and received
his Bachelors of Ministry Degree with Honors;
and a Master of Ministry Degree in October
1990. Then after, he attended the American
Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville,
Tennessee and received his Degree in Christian
Education and a Theology Degree in 1996 being
listed on the Dean’s List from 1991
received are Daily Guide Posts in August 1987;
Certificate of Fellowship for Counseling –
Crisis in Today’s Family from the Columbia
Bible Institute in December 1989; Certificate
of Appreciation given by the Mountain View
Youth Group for Ministering the Word in December
1992; Best All-Around given by the North Enoree
Youth Auxiliary in 1993 and 2001 Youth Advisor;
Emeritus President of I.M.A. of Greer &
Vicinity in February 2002; Pastor & Church
of the Year given by the North Enoree Missionary
Baptist Association of Greenville and Spartanburg
County in September 2004; Who’s Who
Award Metropolitan in January 2006; Supreme
Award Cooperative Board Member, Greenville
County of Churches in April 2006; Pastor and
Church of The Year 2011; and Sunday School
Teacher of the Year North Enoree Association
2011 - 2012.
Wilkins served as Secretary and Assistant
Secretary of the North Enoree Union, Spartanburg
County from December 1987 to December 1996;
Cooperate Board Member of the Greenville County
of Churches 1992 to 2005; 2nd Vice Moderator
of the North Enoree Association of Union 1997
to 2000; President of the Interdenominational
Ministerial Alliance of Greer & Vicinity
(I.M.A.) 1997 to 2001; 1st Vice Moderator
of the North Enoree Association of Union 2001
to 2002; Moderator of the North Enoree Association
of Union 2002 to 2005; 2nd Vice President
of the North Enoree Missionary Sunday School
Congress 2006 to 2012; 2nd Vice Moderator
of the North Enoree Missionary Baptist Association
of Greenville/Spartanburg 2006 to 2012; Member
and attendee of the National Baptist Convention,
U.S.A. from 1986 to Present.
Pastor Wilkins served as Moderator of the
North Enoree E&M Baptist Association since
from 2015 - 2021. He served as First and Second
Vice President of the North Enoree Sunday
School Congress; First Vice Moderator of the
North Enoree Baptist Association of Greenville
and Spartanburg Counties; North Enoree Sunday
School Congress Teacher. Mountain View Baptist
Church Adult Sunday School Class Teacher;
Lead Singer and member of The Rock of Ages
Gospel Group of Wellford, S.C. since 1970;
Instructor at the N. J. Brockman School of
Theology; Advisor of the North Enoree E &M
Baptist Association Brotherhood; Chairperson
of North Enoree E&M Baptist Association
3-Night Revival Committee; Advisory Council
member of the Interdenominational Ministerial
Alliance (I.M.A.); and served as Pastor of
the Mountain View Missionary Baptist Church.
May 22, 2015; Pastor Wilkins was one of five
recipients to receive an Honorary Doctorate
of Theological Studies Degree from the Martin-Webb
Learning Center, Inc., & the N. J. Brockman
School of Theology, Greenville SC.
listed, nothing about all these alcolades
that have been established are so much more
important than Pastor Wilkins just being born
again, accepting God's Call into the ministry,
a child of God, a man of God, a Christian,
a servant, a warrior for Christ, and a humble
messenger for the Most High God.
of Rev. Wilkins favorite passages of scripture
was Proverbs 3:5-6 .... "Trust in the
Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto
thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge
him, and he shall direct thy paths."