Our Church History
In the early 1800 several men in the community of Stanton, Tennessee ; Charles Broadnax, Willie Fields, Albert Hill, Rufus Hill, Mitchell Ware, Judge Jarrett and Robert Green felt that there was an emptiness in their lives. They felt the need of prayer, so without a designed place to worship they met and planned; and they came up with a brush hovel.
The location was near the city limits of Stanton, Tennessee; under a large tree near the old Dunlap farm. The singing and praying became so effective until the men decided they needed to make a move, so they came up with this gift and it is this current location of MT Zion Missionary Baptist Church. These men were not only prayer warriors but had skills. By this time people were getting the message all over this small community of Stanton, Tennessee. The men formed a large kettle in which they were able to mix cement and continue to complete and bake bricks and throw them out for business. They began to put the old structure together. There was no plumbing to worry about because there was none. The Sanctuary was finally complete and the membership grew.
The first pastor of MT Zion Missionary Baptist Church was Reverend Samuel Owens; some of our former Pastors were Reverend Willie N. Reed, Reverend Freddie J. Powell, Reverend Hun C. Douglas and Reverend Timothy Bowers.
Some of our historians were; Deacon Mitchel Dye, Deacon Lonnie Taylor, Deacon Thomas Yancy, Deacon Armstead Johnson, Deacon Bob Owens, Deacon T. O. Crews, Deacon Leslie Johnson, and Deacon W. G. Hill, these men were loyal and dedicated to their assignments they helped to support the church and various Pastors of this church for many years. Some of our Ushers that served over 50 years of dedicated service were; Sis. Katie Macklin, Sis. Lucille Gilliam and Sis. Pearl Perry. These dedicated historians help to fulfill God’s purpose as servants and we all are so very graceful for their gifts and abilities to serve at MT Zion MBC.
Beginning in the 1980’s some of Church Officers ( Trustees and Deacons) have been and still are:
Zenar Delk (deceased), T. J. White (deceased), Willie L. Jackson, Ed L. Grandberry, Johnnie L. Sangster, Chester Sangster, William (Bill) Jones, Rufus (Joe) Jones and Benjamin (Ben) Gilliam.
Over the years our Church has gone through several renovations and we have purchased various properties surrounding our Church in the Stanton community. Many professionals have made their contribution to this landmark, many children and now adults accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior at our church, and we are graceful to God for allowing our Church to be a pillar in the community of Stanton, Tennessee. God have chosen many leaders for MT Zion MBC to lead his people.
In November 2014, we selected Pastor Timothy D. Hayes Sr., as our Senior Pastor. He is a visionary and shepherd. Pastor Hayes encourages the hopeless with messages that are inspirational, timely and relevant.
We pray through his ministry that our Lord and Savior will continue to bless MT Zion MBC to build his kingdom. We as members of this Church will support and love our Pastor and his Family.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)