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Welcome to Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church

We Welcome you in the name of the Lord! We are pleased that you have taken this opportunity to visit with us, and we hope that you will come again and worship with us. At Mt. Zion, our purpose is to worship God, make disciples and minister to the needs of the whole person, locally, nationally and worldwide.  Based on Psalm 100, 150; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 4:18-19; John 3:16; Acts 1:8.

We seek to carry out this purpose by:

  • Proclaiming the gospel of abundant life through Jesus Christ;
  • Teaching the Bible as the source of authority for Christian faith and practice;
  • Assembling regularly for corporate worship and the praise of God;
  • Developing a nurturing community of faith in which all persons are welcome;
  • Ministering to the spiritual, emotional, social and physical needs of persons in our community and around the world;
  • Evangelizing the lost and the unchurched; and
  • Cooperating with other Christians in these tasks.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church, a handsome redbrick late Victorian Gothic church, is home to one of Asheville's largest congregations of African Americans.

In 1919, the new pastor moved his congregation to the heart of the black commercial district. 

The massive church bears a cornerstone reading, "Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Rebuilt 1919,

Reverend J.R. Nelson, Pastor," reflecting the building's long history and importance to the


On Nov. 15, Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church commemorated 139 years of Christian service

to the community. Through the most turbulent years of post-Civil War history, this church has stood as a leader in African-American advancement in Western North Carolina.

A diversified citizenry molded an alert, aggressive church of Professionals, skilled and semi-skilled men and women, laborers and domestics came. The druggists, merchants, school administrators and teachers, insurance agents, beauticians and barbers, cafe operators and other small business owners contributed to the rapid economic growth of the church.

Black veterans who had returned from World War I, and fought in a far less segregated Europe, found America still racist and unequal.

The church debt was heavy and the Great Depression loomed near, but the membership was great and they joined their finances and paid the church's bills.  To deal with the ever-increasing membership and in order to effectively minister to all members.

To this date, members of the church who were children during his time remember these days as the glory days.  World War II put an end to the Great Depression, and the returning veterans, both white and black, found the U.S. poised to lead the world in every category of living. The G.I. Bill allowed these young men and women to educate themselves, and the U. S. Supreme Court began to overturn "Jim Crow" laws. The Civil Rights Era had begun.

Under present pastor, Dr. John H. Grants leadership, the 6 &4 Capital Improvement Plan was instituted, and the church edifice began to be repaired and renovated. It is beautiful!  Pastor Grant orchestrated the purchase of properties adjacent to the church: 35 Eagle St., 42 S. Spruce St. and 51 S. Market St. He organized the Mount Zion Community Development, Inc., a nonprofit community-based redevelopment corporation organized to focus on 1) empowerment of the individual and community to address the needs for jobs, housing, crime prevention, education and health care; and 2) collaboration with local community-based organizations in the physical redevelopment of The Block for housing and supportive services.  Recently the properties next to the church were sold, all debts liquidated and ground broken for the long-awaited building of The Administrative/Educational Building. The dream is becoming reality

Pastor Grant, along with an Evangelistic Team lead by Sister Yolanda Miller, Rev. Shirley Willis and Deacon Bernard V. Oliphant spearheaded the Whos Your One Program which brings us up to today in history.

In the Fall of 2019, the building became 100 years old.

Our history was compiled by Bro. Willie Cameron Jr. with contributions by Sister Willie Mae Brown and the late Sister Diana Mitchell.

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Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
47 Eagle Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: 828-252-0515
Fax:  828-254-7150

Hours of Operation:  Monday - Friday:  9:00am - 4:00pm
Other times by Appointment

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