Foundational Ministry


“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for The Lord rather than for people.” Colossians 3:23 (NLT)

At Mount Zion Baptist Church, the functional operations are divided into seven structured divisions. Each of the seven represents one of our core values. Of the seven, our Foundational Ministries Division is the substructure which underpins everything that we do.


Leonard N. Smith
Minister of Foundational Ministries

The mission of the Foundational Ministries is to provide effective and efficient, sustainable services to support the ministries with excellence. The Mount Zion Foundational Ministries consist of the following:


– Administrative Ministry

– Budget Committee

– Building Committee

– Church Office Staff

– Finance Committee

– Historical Commission

– Clergy Ministry

– Deacon Ministry

– Deaconess Ministry

– Trustee Ministry

– Official Board

Deacon Ministry


Deacon Isaiah Woodruff, Jr., Chair
Deacon William H. Taylor, Jr., Vice Chair

The mission of the Deacon Ministry is to implement the Church’s mission, as given by the divine inspiration of our Pastor and to support him by assisting all church ministries through teaching Christian doctrine and practicing biblical principles. In accordance to the meaning, the work and practice of the New Testament Church, a Deacon is a servant to the Church (see Acts 6:3).

The Deacon Ministry has implemented a Family Plan to address the physical and spiritual needs of our growing congregation. The Family Plan is accomplished by the Deacon and Deaconess Ministries partnering with the Pastor and Ministerial staff to serve the needs of the Mount Zion Baptist Church Family.

The Family Plan aims to strengthen the church/congregant relationship by assigning each family or individual member a Deacon/Deaconess by alphabetic sorting. Your assigned Deacon/ Deaconess will serve you through prayer, visitations, crisis support, sharing information about the Faith and ministry, assisting you as you seek to find your place to serve in the Kingdom. The Family Plan, under the leadership and stewardship of the Pastor, helps to ensure that each member and family of our Christian Fellowship experiences the Love, nurture and support needed to become a Kingdom Focused Disciple of Jesus Christ. To access the Family Plan, click here.

Trustee Ministry


Sis. Kylene Rollins, Chair
Bro. Gary Smith, Vice Chair

The Trustee Ministry serves as the legal fiduciaries of the Church and manages and safeguards the assets, facilities, and property according with the policies of the Church. Additionally, the Trustees make recommendations to the Church and Official Board on financial, property, human capital management, legal and contract matters.

Official Board

Dr. Leonard N. Smith, Moderator
Sis. Carolyn Murchison Burrell, Church Clerk

The Official Board consists of the Church Clerk, Deacons, Deaconess Chair, Pastor, Treasurer and Trustees. This body convenes primarily to consider major matters and make appropriate recommendations to the Church membership. Upon the membership not being able to convene, the Official Board may be required to act upon specific matters of the Church.



The mission of the Children, Youth & Young Adult Ministries is to embrace and encourage children (ages 3-5th grade), youth (6th-12th grade) and young adults (18-35 years old) to cultivate a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through relevant teaching, worship, witness, and service. The Mount Zion Children, Youth & Young Adult Ministries are comprised of the following sub-ministries and entities for children, teens, and young adults:

  • Children’s Ministry
  • Girl Scouts
  • HABITS Teen Bible Study
  • Nursery
  • Tutoring Ministry
  • Wee Worship
  • Young Adult Ministry
  • Youth Ministry


Sis. Susan Allen
Director of Children, Youth & Young Adult Ministries

To inquire about the Youth & Young Adult Ministries and the various sub-ministries and entities listed above, email



The mission of the Creative Arts Ministries is to glorify God, serve as worship leaders, and set an atmosphere of praise & worship (through music, instruments and fine arts) so that the Word of God is received, the people of God are edified and those seeking Christ are drawn into a relationship with Him. The Creative Arts Ministries are comprised of the following sub-ministries for children, youth and adults:

  • Angels of Zion Liturgical Dance Ministry
  • Creative Arts Ministries Choir
  • Drama Ministry
  • Media Ministry
  • Men’s Chorus
  • Oswald G. Smith (OGS) Inspirational Choir
  • Praise Ministry
  • Wee Worship Choir
  • Women’s Choir
  • Voices of Mount Zion

Rev. Yolanda Wilson Darden
Minister of Creative Arts Ministries

To inquire about the Creative Arts Ministries and the various sub-ministries and entities listed above, email



The mission of the Mount Zion Discipleship Ministries is to bring individuals to a saving faith in Jesus Christ, train them in a life of discipleship, and equip them for service that positively impacts the Kingdom of God. The Discipleship Ministries are comprised of the following sub-ministries and entities:

  • Christian Business Partners
  • Christian Life Academy
  • Health & Wellness Ministry
  • New Members Ministry
  • Prayer Ministry
  • Scholarship Ministry
  • Thursday Night Bible Study
  • Vacation Bible School


Minister Merrick Deans
Minister of Discipleship Ministries

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The mission of the Family Ministries is to encourage, equip and strengthen Christ-oriented singles, married couples, and families through Christian ministries. The Family Ministries consist of the following sub-ministries:

  • Marriage Ministry
  • Men’s Ministry
  • Senior Saints Ministry
  • Single Adult Ministry
  • Women’s Ministry


Rev. Elllihue Henderson, Jr.
Minister of Family Ministries

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The mission of the Outreach Ministries is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and extend the love of Jesus Christ by providing various resources and services, at no cost, to those in need in the community. The Outreach Ministries are comprised of the following sub-ministries:

  • Evangelism Ministry
  • Missionary Ministry
  • Prison Ministry
  • Social Justice Ministry


Dr. Darryl D. Sims
Minister of Outreach Ministries

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The mission of the Service Ministries is to LOVE God, LOVE People through demonstrated acts of godly service. The Service Ministries comprise of the following sub-ministries:

  • Greeters Ministry
  • Hospitality Ministry
  • Protocol Ministry
  • Safety & Security Ministry
  • Transportation Ministry
  • Usher Ministry


Rev. Annette Washington
Minister of Service Ministries

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