2020 HERITAGE CELEBRATION

We are a family church. You’ll find areas of interest for the eldest to the youngest person in your family. We believe in nurturing youth, strengthening families, incubating business, and empowering the mind for the struggles we all face daily. It’s through the power of God that we overcome all obstacles.

In 1865, shortly after Emancipation, a small group of ex-slaves gathered under what was then known as a Brush Arbor and organized what would become 2nd Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Pastor John Moore and Deacons William Glover, Andrew McClain, Emanuel Toson, Brooks Toson, Kench Williams and Hamp Stevenson constituted the church leadership. These faithful and dedicated charter members & founders along with their families became a community church that would guide non-believers to Christ, sustain, reconcile and provide avenues to be healed, nurtured and developed in Christ. Through the hard work and persistence of the church leadership and members, a small wooden church was later constructed on land donated by A.D. Golt.
 Succeeding pastors were Ike Reed, George Washington, Bill Hudson, D. A. Mosley, H. R. Cofield and J. W. Whitaker. Deacons who were ordained and served during these years were: Willie Dowell, M.B.G. Robinson, Ike Manice , John Pollin, Eugene Glover, Charlie Stevenson, Ed Christian, Monroe Gaines, Leroy Toson, Will Toson, Leon Glover, Ben Cooper and Albert Cutts.
 In l933 the church called Rev. B.W. Washington as pastor. Deacons ordained under Pastor Washington were: Corbit Christian, James Williams, Wilson Thomas, Ozell Givins, Jordan Woodrow Gaines, James Christian, Robert Green, Bennie Christian, Charles J. Gaines, Calvin Lowe and Ozell Ransome. Dea. Oliver Gaines was also a long-serving Deacon. Pastor W.M. Harris succeeded Pastor Washington following his retirement.
 Pastor Z.H. Bailey was elected to lead the church in 1956. Pastor Bailey organized a number of auxiliaries and clubs and many members were added to the church roster. The church building was extended by 14 feet and modern windows, gas heaters, an electric water pump and restrooms were also added. Pastor Bailey served for 26 years.
 After the death of Pastor Bailey in l982, Associate Pastor Jeff Wright served as interim pastor until Pastor J.H. Reynolds was called. Deacons ordained during his tenure as pastor were: Carter H. Christian, Roosevelt Gaines, Richard Williams, Adolph Christian and Willie F. Jones.
 Pastor Leonard Favorite followed Pastor Reynolds and ordained the following deacons: Samuel Jordan and Bennie Toye.
 Pastor Joseph Howard, III led the church from l987 to l994. Deacons ordained under his stewardship were: Carlton Arnold, Lewis Howzine, Johnny Jones, Bobby Johnson, Alexander Jordan, Anthony Jordan, Winfred Knight, Bernard Gibson, Curtis Howard, Adolph Christian, Jr., Charles Tharpe, Michael Robertson, Jesse Jefferson, Prince Reid III and Milton Griffin. During this time, the Gertrude Christian Fellowship Hall was added and the sanctuary was renovated.
 In l994 Pastor Theodus Drake, Jr. was called to serve. Under his leadership the church experienced significant growth in membership, facilities and servanthood. Modern facilities were built including a new sanctuary in 2003, space for fellowship, baptism and administration. Several new ministries were added including youth and women ministries. In addition, the church formed ministries to address community needs such a food pantry and in 2008, 2nd Mt. Zion joined forces with Mt. Zion Baptist Church to open a free clinic, the Samaritan Clinic. Being convinced that where there is Vision, there are also provisions, God gave Pastor Drake and the church the Vision to expand ministry toward the Holistic approach of Mind, Body and Spirit. with that being said, in 2016 the Theodus Drake Jr. Family Life Center was built. It houses a Fitness center (weight room), Gymnasium, Kitchen, Showers and Sound Room. The Directors of the Family Life center offer three Aerobic Classes, Volley Ball and Basketball.
Historically, 2nd Mt. Zion has been blessed with many outstanding women who have contributed so much to spreading the gospel and advancing the work of the church. These women have served in a number of capacities including, the Deaconess Board, the Usher Board and the Choir. To name a few: Gertrude Christian, Delores Gaines, Rovilla Wilson, Willie Goseer, Emogene Williams, Janie Lowe, Percy Jackson and many more have contributed in their own special and unique way.
 Several ministers have been licensed under Pastor Drake’s leadership: Aaron S. Edmondson Jr., Judith Thompson, Rufus Davis, Greg Daniels, B.A. Windrow, Annette Haywood, Jimmie Grant, Anthony Jordan and Kenneth Cutts. Other ministers who joined 2nd Mt. Zion and serve under Pastor Drake are: Daniel Simmons, McKinley Drake, Alexander Jordan, James Love, Herbert Tomlin, Clarence Drake, Carrie Johnson, Steven Tuck, Barbara Tuck, Sidney Curley, James Love, Matthew Watkins, Evelyn Ross, Mary Edwards, Samuel Jordan and Marcel McManus . Deacons appointed by Pastor Drake are: Henry ‘Hank’ Young, Harris Williams, John Culbreath, Christopher Railey, Butler Wallace IV, Kenneth Florence, Perotta Malone, Robert Young, Arthur Dyer, Carl Parker Sr., Carl Parker Jr., James Bonner, Carlton Christian, Ricarlo Hawkins, Lynwood ‘Woody’ Givens, Alexander Jordan Jr, Montego Cason. 

Letter From Pastor Drake

The Coronavirus Virus Pandemic has greatly impacted the universal church and the local congregations in how we do ministry; how we assemble and fellowship, indeed how we carry out the mandates of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. We are still charged to go out into the World and make disciples. Yes, out into a world infected with a killer virus.
Should we stop because of the virus? Should we place the Great Commission on hold for now? Wisdom tells us to shelter in place until the storm is over. That’s what Satan would have the Church to do. I say we should find other ways, in the midst of the storm, to keep spreading the Good News about Christ and His Redeeming Love. Using our Faith and Heritage as the courageous fuel to energize our passion and our testimonies to give us rich content. If ever there was a time we should do this, it’s Now.
God has given us incredible tools to reach out all over this world, in our own homes and communities, in our state and nation, even unto the uttermost part of the world to tell others, who are burdened by the uncertainties of a suffering world, how faithful God is in His great Love for us.   
Each year, during the month of August, we take the time to reflect on the rich, 155 year old, Heritage that began in 1865 with a small group of newly freed slaves. This is a sacred time for us because it compels us to put a comma behind “moving forward,” for the opportunity to “look back.” .. We should “look back!” We must “look back”! For in looking back we can see strength, purpose, tenacity, hope, faith and endurance.
In looking back, we can see that the Coronavirus epidemic is not the only pandemic that our heritage has experienced. There has been multiple pandemic diseases that we have seen;
Post Slavery Oppression
Poverty
Segregation
Jim Crow
Blatant Discrimination
For us, these have been diseases of epidemic proportion. Yet, by the Grace of God and the persevering faith of our Heritage, we have come. Our Heritage is best described and defined in the beautiful words of the Negro National Anthem.
Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chastening rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat,
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered,
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past,
‘Til now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.
God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who has brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who has by Thy might
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,
Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;
Shadowed beneath Thy hand,
May we forever stand,
True to our God,
True to our native land.
During this month, I call on everyone to celebrate; celebrate by remembering our journey; celebrate by vowing to never forget who we are and from whence we’ve come. Celebrate by thanking God for the Journey.
To God be the Glory
Pastor Drake