Pastor Ricky Alan Battle was born on August 19, 1955 in Nashville, North Carolina where he attended school. He joined the Christian band at the age of twelve and was baptized under Pastor Coppedge of White Oak Baptist Church of Whitakers, North Carolina. He acknowledged his call into the Gospel Ministry and preached his initial sermon on February 1996. He entered the Howard University School Of Divinity on April 1997. To study God’s word in preparation for the Ministry. In June 2000 Rev Battle was ordained in to the Gospel Ministry at the Greater Little Ark Baptist Church under the Pastorate of Rev. Clyde Hargraves Sr.
Rev. Battle served in the armed forces for three years. Upon leaving the armed Forces, he met and was united in Holy Matrimony to Evangeline Rosser, On April 25, 1980, after the wedding they relocated to Maryland. To this union was born two children, Ricky Joel Battle and Vanisha Linette Battle and one grand-son Raynal.Rev. Battle served as the Pastor of The Commission Church Of Christ from October 2002 till June 2010.
After then Rev. Battle reunited with the Richie Baptist Church under the Pastorate of Rev. Dr. Sterling R. Swann Jr. where he served as an Associate Minister. Also Rev. Battle serves as the President of the Men’s Ministry of the Potomac River Baptist Association of MD, DC, and Vicinity
Through the grace of God the members of the Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church after much prayer and fasting on December 20, 2015 Rev. Battle was elected Pastor of the Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church and he assumed those duties on the 4th Sunday on December 27, 2015. Rev. Battle always stated “So we know that if God be for us who can be against us. I thank God for each day that He has allowed me to minister to His people and as long as God gives me strength in this body of mine and tell me to “go ahead,’ I will Preach!!!! I admonish you to keep the Faith and keep believing that God is about to greater things for His people.”
“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run that ye may obtain.”
1 Corinthians 9:24
As we celebrate the anniversary of Church and founder. Moved by the Holy Spirit of God, the seeds of our heritage, established Mount Sinai Gospel Mission. The Church was organized April 13, 1979 under the leadership of Reverend Henry L.Hutchin’s home. Religious services and Bible training to include Church School were conducted at the Oakcrest Elementary School at 919 Hill Road, Seat Pleasant, Maryland and the youth for Christ Mission in Seat Pleasant.
Prior to the school and Church facility meetings, Bible study was held at Reverend Hutchins home.
The original members included Mr. Thomas Cooper, Mrs. Edna cooper, Mr. James Geeter, Mrs. Emily Geeter, Rev Henry l. Hutchins, Mrs. Daisizie Hutchins, Rev. Franklin M. Jordan, Mrs. Willa Jordan, Mrs. Gloria Shropshire and Mrs. Wilbert A. Talbert. The Mission held its first service on September 29, 1979 at Oakcrest Elementary School including the first communion (Lord’s Supper).
The first Sunday being designated as the official date that communion would be administered. We did not become stagnant with the lethargy of waiting for our blessing; remember Matthew 18:6, “ And I say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, “ and Mt Sinai Gospel Mission pursued and accomplish the necessary paperwork for charter from the State of Maryland. On December 29, 1979
Mt Sinai Gospel Mission became the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, services were conducted at the First Baptist Church Highland Park. The Rev James J. McCord, host Pastor with members from the Far East Ministerial Association and the Baptist Conference, opened and conducted the various services. We can still hear the resounding voices as they echoed. “We
Come This Far by Faith.” But the journey did not stop there. The Christian soldiers kept right on marching! This ministry has produce various: Minister Carson, Minister Crump, Minister Curtis Pope and Minister Cynthia Sondheimer. Minister Stacey Evans.
With a charge to keep and a God to glorify, we rejoice today knowing that the Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ the Lord. Where would we be if we as Christian Soldiers did (refuse) to follow after Righteousness, Godliness, Faith and Hope. Rev Henry L. Hutchins retired many years ago and Minster Cynthia Sondheimer was voted in as interim pastor.
And in October 2015 Ricky A. Battle was voted in as the interim pastor and was voted in as the current Pastor of Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist in 2016 along with the First Lady Evangeline Battle and their family.