Spotlight: Mt. Zion Baptist Church
History: The church was established in 1834 with 11 members, one being an ordained deacon. Initial meetings were held in the home of Thomas Johnson until land was purchased and a one-room sanctuary, heated by a pot-bellied stove, was built. The current sanctuary was built in 2000, and in 2004 Mt. Zion bought 27 acres for future expansion, with an additional acre purchased in 2005.
Making a difference: Toward the end of 2011, a mission team of 25 went to Haiti – the largest group of adults (23 of the 25) dispatched from Mt. Zion to a foreign field. Mulkey credits a church-wide study of a David Platt book called “Radical” with the increased passion among his congregation for helping others.
“I would highly recommend anyone to read it. It would be difficult to read the book and not be stirred,” he said.
Community involvement also has increased, with members starting an automotive ministry that helps widows and single moms, and serving at the Hope Center for women facing unplanned pregnancies. The church partners with Hide and Seek Day Camp, a summer Christian outdoor-adventure day camp for children ages 5-11. Sessions are held on church property, where young campers enjoy zip lines and rock climbing walls.
Mulkey: “Mt. Zion is a fellowship of believers intentionally and strategically focused on following Jesus Christ. What that means is that we not only take seriously what Jesus said (an intentional study of His Word), but we also take seriously what He did and how He lived (a strategic following of His life and ministry).”