About Us

Together we are a community of believers. What does that mean, the word community? We believe that together in fellowship we grow closer to God and one another. The Bible speaks about iron sharpening iron. We believe that together we grow stronger. 


We strive to be a church without walls. Jesus calls for us to go outside the walls to reach the lost and the broken. It is there that the lost will be found. 


We look to grow through fellowship, and ultimately growing closer to God. We value the Word of God, and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We look to extend grace to all of the lost and broken, and lead those with no hope to the hope of Jesus Christ.



Connecting People To God’s Story


Mount Zion seeks to connect people to God’s story by investing in and reaching the Next Generation. We work diligently to engage with our campus ministries which include the Weekday Preschool & Kindergarten and Spirit sports leagues.


As a body of believers where a deeper walk with God is pursued, we look forward to seeing more individuals answer the call to missions and impact the world for Christ.


We seek to create an environment where each person is committed to service and growing in community with others.


Experience  |  Engage  |   Expand


Experience an environment where people feel they belong.


Engage in worship, participate in a group, and serve in a ministry.


Expand in knowledge of the Word of God and compassion for others.


Why Do We Do What We Do


Jody Shelton

Lead Pastor

Scott Crow

Executive Pastor

Jennifer Phillips

Children's Ministry

Christian Rankin

Student Ministry

Lee & Mandy Edwards

Worship Arts 

Bobby Ikebudu

Creative Arts

Katie Wetherington

Guest Services

Jill Story


Jackye Gann

Ministry Assistant

Judy Jarrell

Ministry Assistant

Elder Leadership

At Mount Zion, we find our guidance for church leadership in the New Testament Scriptures, particularly in passages such as Titus 1:5-9 and 1 Timothy 3:1-7. The Apostle Paul, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, provides a framework for the appointment of elders in the local church. These elders, also known as overseers or shepherds, are responsible for shepherding the flock, providing spiritual leadership, and ensuring the well-being of the church community.

Matt Martin

Rob Keathley

Keith Chandler

Chad Baker

Andrew Cucuzza

Dale Wilson 



Key Principles of Elder-Led Governance

Spiritual Oversight: Our elders are men of faith, character, and devotion to Christ. They are chosen based on their spiritual maturity, commitment to God's Word, and a genuine love for the people of our church.

Shared Leadership: The elders work collaboratively, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit in decision-making. This shared leadership model encourages accountability, unity, and a diversity of perspectives that enrich our church life.

Shepherding Care: The role of the elders is to shepherd and care for the spiritual needs of the congregation. This includes providing prayer support and ensuring the spiritual health of our church family.

Congregational Involvement: While our elders provide leadership and direction, we highly value the participation and input of the entire congregation. We seek to foster an environment where each member plays a vital role in the life and mission of our church.


Our Commitment to Christ-Centered Living

Above all, our desire is to exalt the name of Jesus Christ in everything we do. Whether it's in worship, teaching, fellowship, or service, we seek to glorify our Lord and Savior. We invite you to join us on this journey of faith, as we grow together in our love for God, His Word, and one another.



The Early Years


  • 1852: Rock Mountain Association churches hired Rev. John C. Bartlett to preach to destitute areas.
  • August 3, 1853: Bartlett established Mount Zion with 13 charter members. He passed away a month later, but Mount Zion endured despite war and hardship.
  • 1853: First building program was held and the church had 24 members by September 1854.
  • 1900: Mount Zion started the first Sunday school with 52 attendees.


To Present Day

1948: First Vacation Bible School


1972: Church voted to construct a 600 seat sanctuary which currently serves as the Student Center and Weekday Preschool.


1975: Mount Zion Weekday Preschool and Kindergarten opens


1976: Church bought five additional acres


1977: Church builds Christian Life Center and education building


2000: Present sanctuary and renovations were completed


Statement of Faith

Mount Zion desires to connect you to God's Story by helping you KNOW Him as Savior, LIVE as His disciple and SHARE Him with others.

Jesus Christ
The Scriptures
Human Beings
Eternal Security
The Church
Christian Unity
Sanctity of Life
Ordinances: Lord’s Supper
Ordinances: Baptism

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