Calling All Men! Invitation to join the Mount Zion Men’s Ministry.

Goal: The Men's Ministry, while supporting other ministries, will identify specific underserved areas in which we can help. By living a good Christian life of service, others can see the Jesus in us. The Mount Zion Men’s Ministry seeks to be of service.

All men are invited to add your name to any area in which you have expertise and would like to serve.

  • The 2018 Inaugural Breakfast for the Men’s Ministry will be held on February 10th at 7:30 a.m. in the Jessie L. Shields Fellowship Hall. Civil rights activist and radio talk show host for Urban Forum Northwest, Eddie Rye, Jr. will be our inspiring speaker. Invite your friends. Get involved!!! The cost is $6. More information:
  • Please join us in the Parlor on Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. for the Men’s Bible Study, Rev. Paul Edwards, Instructor and Acting Minister of the Men’s Ministry. We will continue in the book of Genesis. We will complete our study of the Tower of Babel and begin looking at the life of Abraham, the father of our faith.
  • The Brotherhood Chorus under the direction of Brother Kent Stevenson rehearses every Saturday at 9:00 a.m. in the Choir Room. The Chorus sings on the first Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
  • Team Issachar, a mentoring program for male youth, meets every Saturday in Room 116 from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m.
Matthew 25:35-40

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' "Then the righteous will answer him, 'LORD, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'

God calls us to be good stewards of our gifts. To that end, this document borrows from the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey. Covey’s principle number 1 is “Be Proactive,” and number 2 is to “Start with the end in mind.” The end goal of the Men's Ministry is Leading Through Faith and Christian Service.

Contact: Deacon Joel Hobbs or Brother William Jackson (206) 618-6530 or email INFO@FREELITERACY.NET
Deacon Wallace Johnson, Brother Dennis Carlisle, Brother Harry Bailey, Brother Kenneth Archie,
Brother Anthony Hopkins, Brother Wally Webster, Brother Glenn Pennington, Brother James Mason
and Brother Sam Bell will be more than willing to answer any questions you might have.

Mount Zion Baptist Church Designated a Historical Seattle Landmark

On October 18, 2017, the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board voted UNANIMOUSLY to approve the designation of Mount Zion Baptist Church a Seattle Landmark. The designation is based upon satisfaction of six Designation Standards (SMC 25.12.350). Mount Zion Baptist Church joins only three other Seattle Landmarks that have met all six standards: the Space Needle, the Science Center, and Key Arena.

The features and characteristics of the property identified for preservation include: the site; the exteriors of the church building, educational unit, the Gideon Bell Tower, the interior of the sanctuary, the James Washington, Jr. sculpture “Oracle of Truth” and exempts all elements of the building and site that are liturgical in nature.

Mount Zion Baptist Church was organized in 1890, thirty-eight years after the establishment of Seattle as a city, ten years before the beginning of the 20th Century, and a year after Washington territory became one of the United States. We thank God for the small group of African American Christians, who migrated to Seattle from the south in search of better opportunities and a better life for their families. It is on their legacy of faith we must continue to build. Reverend Dr. W. D. Carter, the pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church (1912 – 1925) and the congregation purchased the land and hired African American architects Harry and E. R. James to build the first church at the 19th Avenue location. Pastor Carter was a compassionate man who became active in the social and civic affairs of Seattle speaking out on behalf of the young people. The Boys and Young Men’s Community Club of Mount Zion Baptist Church was under his direct management. The youth benefited both socially and spiritually.

Mrs. Corrine Carter was equally as busy with African American girls and young women. She was a trained Y.W.C.A. Executive. She used her gifts and talents to organize the first Negro Branch of the Y.W.C.A. in Seattle. It was named the Phillis Wheatley Branch.

Years later, in 1958, the Reverend Dr. Samuel B. McKinney became pastor. Under his leadership, an educational wing was built in 1962 and the current church in 1975. The church has a unique Afrocentric structure that expresses the history of African and African- American faiths. African Heritage is seen in the structural design, from within and without the church. Each element of the design and structure of the church was carefully

orchestrated by the Reverend Dr. Samuel B. McKinney in conjunction with the Architectural Firm of Durham, Anderson, and Freed.