Mt. Zion MB Church Leadership
Mt. Zion MB Church is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.
Dr. John H. Grant
The fifth and present pastor of Mt. Zion, Dr. John H. Grant, immediately realized that Mount Zion had great potential to expand in order to meet the future needs of the church and the community. The 6&4 Capital Improvement Plan was instituted by the church and additional properties have been purchased under his leadership. Mount Zion Community Development, Inc., organized under Pastor Grant's leadership, is a non-profit community-based redevelopment corporation organized to focus on (1) empowerment of the individual and community by providing spiritual, economic, and educational opportunities to the greater Asheville/Buncombe County 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.
Executive Associate Minister
Reverand. Scott Burgess is a native Buffalonian who migrated to Asheville in 2001. He attended SUNY Potsdam in upstate New York where he obtained a degree in Psychology.
Upon arriving to Asheville, Rev. Burgess joined Mount Zion and became active in the Youth Ministry as a founding member of the AWANA Children’s Ministry for local youth. After two years under the mentorship of Dr. John H. Grant, Rev. Scott Burgess was licensed to preach the Word of God in 2003. Rev. Burgess continued to serve as an Associate Minister at Mount Zion until 2010 when he was ordained as a Pastor by the Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Association. In 2011, he accepted God’s call and became the Pastor of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Asheville, NC.
As the Pastor of New Bethel, Rev. Burgess had a Christ-centered vision that led to a revitalization mission that restored the exterior of the church and the Fellowship Hall. Rev. Burgess served as the Pastor of New Bethel for eight years.
In 2019, Rev. Burgess and his family returned to Mount Zion where he serves as the Executive Associate Minister. He currently oversees special projects under Rev. Dr. John H. Grant.
Rev. Burgess has been married to his wife of 30 years, Yvette Burgess and they have three children Yazmean, Jihanne, and Scott Jr. During the week, Rev. Burgess is a leader in his community, serving as the Assistant Vice President Bank Officer and Small Business Advocate Branch Manager at Wells Fargo. Rev. Burgess’ ultimate desire is to see people fully embrace God’s love and to walk in victory and power while experiencing the fullness of God’s promises.
Reverand Shirley Willis is an Associate Minister at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Asheville, Inc.
She was Licensed to Preach in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in 1988, ordained in 1994, and admitted into Full Connection in 1996.
She was appointed Assistant Pastor at Hanes Memorial in Winston-Salem, NC in 1994.
She served as Pastor at Mt. Calvary C.M.E. Church in Mt Airy, NC, Carter Memorial C.M.E. Church in Roanoke, VA, New Hope C.M.E. Church in Washington, DC, and Layman Chapel in Birmingham, AL.
She is a member of the Baptist Minister’s Union of Asheville & Vicinity and The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Asheville & Vicinity
Her education includes Asheville High School, Asheville Buncombe Technical College, Miles College, and Wesley Theological Seminary.
She is married to Deacon Gary L. Willis. She has three sons, James-Tiffany, Jonathan, and Brian-Martine; She has been blessed with 11grandchildren.
Whenever Rev. Willis is asked to give her bio, she replies,
I am saved by the blood of Jesus Christ and He is my Lord and Savior.
I am filled with and led by the Holy Spirit of my Heavenly Father.
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.
I am a child of God.
I am a Preacher of the Gospel of God.
I am called, qualified, anointed, and appointed by God, and
The Spirit of God constantly teaches and instructs me through and by the Word of God.
I am ever learning and ever changing into the Image of Christ.
I live, move, and have my being in the Will of God
My steps are ordered by the Word of God
I love the Lord with all my heart, my soul, and my mind.
Floyd Antonio Wynn
Floyd Antonio Wynn, 51 years old, Grandson of Ms.Lillie Mae Wynn and Son of Deacon Leroy and Patricia Simpson. An Asheville High School graduate - Class of 1987. United States Air Force Veteran- Law Enforcement specialist.
My beautiful companion of 31 years and wife for the last 27 years Rhonda Wynn.
Father to six children:
10 grandchildren, 7 Grandsons and 3 granddaughters. USPS employee since 2002. I was called to the ministry in 2006 under Pastor Theodore Lamont Smith at the Garden of Prayer Cathedral of Love. I gave my initial sermon in October of 2006. I was ordained and licensed in August of 2007 by Bishop Larry Lee Shaw under the C.O.G.I.C denomination. My family and I joined Mt. Zion in 2017 and I joined the ministerial staff in 2018 under the leadership of Pastor John H Grant, Senior Pastor Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.