Mt. Zion Church History

The exact date that Mt. Zion Baptist Church was founded was unknown. Slaves and their masters had worshipped in the Old Mt. Zion Church on the hill from 1817 until the Civil War in 1865. After the war ended, the black Congregation left to form their own church in 1868, but they did not leave the Church name behind. The first church was on old wooden building that sat on the same location of the present day church. Mr. Gus Bly, who is the uncle of Mrs. Gladys Miller Johnson, provided the land for the church. Originally there were two churches, an African Methodist Episcopal Church and a Baptist Church on the second and fourth Sundays.

1901 Rev. G. D. WOODS
The earliest records located of church operations. Mt. Zion was one of the churches to join the Wills Creek District. 1903-1937 APPOINTED PASTORS: Rev. J. P. Person, Rev. Scott, Rev. J. H. Pennington, Rev. S. M. Fisher, Rev. Malice, Rev. George Colquitt, Rev. Jones, and Rev. C. J. Mallory son (Rev. W. Mallory) stood in for him.

1937-1956 REV. W. R. SIMPSON, PASTOR
Rev. Simpson served faithfully for almost 20 years.

1956-1976 REV. T. C. WILLIAMS, PASTOR
The old church was torn down and replaced with a new building during the time of construction services were held in the old school house which was erected in 1923.

1976-1992 REV. I. H. HENDERSON, PASTOR
The church was rebuilt under his leadership. The Rev. Garrett of Baker Zion Baptist Church often filled in without compensation. Henderson served the church diligently until spring 1992.

1992-2010 REV. JOSEPH JACKSON, PASTOR
Rev. Jackson served the church diligently until the Lord called him home one week short of his anniversary at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Rev. Jackson leadership: Several musicians were hired, church and lunchroom was remodeled and church mortgage paid off ahead of schedule. Church membership grew and several Deacons were ordained. The following were associate Pastors during Rev. Jackson leadership Rev. Anderson, Rev. Larry Adams, Rev. Leonard, Rev. Peter and Rev. Wilson.

2011- Present REV. LARRY ADAMS, PASTOR
The following are a few of Mt. Zion Baptist Church accomplishments under the leadership of Pastor Larry Adams. Remodeled bathrooms, Installed new flooring in school house, painted school house, baptized several, bricked church, installed lighting in church, installed school house handicap ramp, added three deacons, started children’s church, purchased sound system, hired musician and rededicated several back to the church.