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Since the organization of its first church in 1878, the Mt. Zion Baptist Church has pioneered major milestones and religious progress. Still today, Mt. Zion Baptist Church serves the community and State of Ohio as an appropriate structure for religious activities.
Near the turn of the 18th century, a group of individuals led by Reverend D.B. Green organized themselves under the name of “The Third Baptist Church.” From 1878 to 1919, The Third Baptist Church, located on Dibert Avenue, encountered degrees of progress and failures. It suffered under the loss and resignations of several of its pastors, but by the grace of God it remained in existence. A transition came for The Third Baptist Church in June 1919 when the Reverend P.B. Broughton of Chattanooga, TN assumed the role as pastor. As the pendulum of time swung back and forth, the need to update the church became evident. At a total cost of $25,000 a building was constructed and completed by June 25, 1921. On the very first Sunday in July 1921, approximately 150 people blended their voices in singing “We Are Marching to Zion,” and marched to Mt. Zion Baptist Church” located on South Yellow Springs Street. Some of the ardent members who were responsible for furnishing the new structure were Deacons Ed Smith, John Johnson, R.S. Odom, Howard Crockran, Ashton Turner, Sisters Florence Franklin, Mamie Clark, Cleophas Young, Elizabeth Stoffer, Bertha Watlington, Lila Broughton, Georgia Flournoy, and Emma Oldon.
Laid out in all of its architectural splendor at 1171 South Yellow Springs Street, is the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. The cross mounted on the front serves as an invitation to those who have and for those who are seeking salvation. With a seating capacity of over 700, this church is one of the larger physical structures in Springfield for religious gatherings. The sanctuary, roofed in glass and camouflaged by a ceiling of fluorescent lights, is cushioned with red carpet. Fifty-two rows of pews are available for proper seating selection. Modern, but practical design is employed throughout the church. For the convenience of the services held and the comfort of the listening congregation, there is an elevated, spacious choir loft, cool-green baptistery, balcony, twin rostrums, luxurious dining room, well equipped kitchen, conveniently located drinking fountains and restrooms, offices, pastor’s study, library, first aid station, usher’s room, nursery and approximately 17 Sunday School rooms
We are glad that you are visiting our site and we welcome you to worship and visit with us soon.
We strive to maintain a loving church where everyone feels welcome and is inspired by the Gospel to live God’s mission with faith, hope and love.
There are many opportunities for you to serve here at Mt. Zion. We encourage you to seek God regarding the area where your gifts and talents can be utilized.
I pray you find warmth, encouragement and experience spiritual growth at Mt. Zion.
We recognize the Bible as the inspired, inerrant Word of God, the source of spiritual and moral authority leading to wisdom, sufficient for equipping and training God’s people.
- Spiritual Growth
- Community Healing –
- Biblical Worship
- Faithful Stewardship
- Involved Membership
- Corporate Prayer
In the Holy Bible, we find the words “In the Beginning God Created the Heaven and Earth” (Genesis 1:1). Records of these words remind us that EVERYTHING has a beginning. For 141 years, the history of Mt. Zion has been written and recorded. As this history continues, we hope you feel encouraged to continue shaping the future of Mt. Zion in this road of Christianity by worshiping with us.
Our Associate Ministers
Rev. Olie V. Burton
Rev. Cheryl Powers
Rev. Mecca S. Carter-Marshall
Rev. J. L. Smith, Jr.
There are many ways to serve