East White Oak Baptist Church
Missionary Baptist Church
The East White Oak Missionary Baptist Church was established in 1919, in the East White Oak Community. The original structure was built on land donated by Mr. Caesar Cone and Cone Mills Corporation, which has continued its long-standing tradition of service to the East White Oak Church and surrounding Community. Our present structure is built on a 10.6-acre tract of land that was also donated to the church in 1992 by Cone Mills.
The first official pastor of East White Oak was Reverend H.C. Hairston who served from 1919 until 1955. Reverend S.O. McLaughlin served from 1955 to 1956. Reverend George H. Brooks served from 1957 to 1982. He led the church in the construction of a new edifice in 1964. Reverend George P. Allen served from 1983 to 1988.
In 1989 East White Oak called Reverend Benjamin W. Mittman to serve as pastor. Under his visionary leadership EWO constructed a new 800 seat 10,000 square feet Sanctuary and Office Unit in 1994. In 2004 the former church building was renovated into a Fellowship Hall Building. And in that same year, an 11,000 square feet Educational Building was erected. (See Photo on EWO Information Page)
Benjamin W. Mittman, Sr., is the Anointed Pastor/Teacher of East White Oak Baptist Church. He is a native of Mt. Airy , North Carolina where he began his ministry in 1975. He was ordained in 1975 through the High Point Educational & Missionary Baptist Association and began pastoral ministry in 1982. After becoming a tenured pastor, he accepted the call to East White Oak Baptist Church in 1989.
Pastor Mittman received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and Philosophy from Shaw University in Raleigh , NC . He also holds a Masters of Divinity Degree from Shaw University 's Divinity School.
As Pastor/Teacher of EWO church, his Philosophy of Ministry is that East White Oak should be the Embodiment of Jesus Christ in the World; that the Church should Edify itself in Love through Worship and Fellowship; and that the Love of God be conveyed to the Larger Community as well as through Mission Outreach Endeavors.
He is accompanied in ministry by his wife Michele Antionette who is the Director of the EWO Early Childhood Development Center . They have two sons Benjamin Jr. (Bonita, Benjamin III and Bryson) and Michael Antonio Mittman.
"Excellence Is Becoming A Part Of Something That Is Greater Than Yourself" ...Benjamin W. Mittman