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Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church

• During the years of 1885 to 1900, a Baptist Mission was organized on S. Wall Street
• In 1887, the first Articles of Incorporation was filed. (The Mission was known by various names.)
• On September 9, 1900, a number of Christians met with Reverend A.M. Colston of Des Moines, Iowa in a court room for the purpose of being counseled in regard to organizing a Baptist Church.
• On October 8, 1900, this Mission group met in the Sioux City Auditorium on Douglas Street. It was at this meeting that the first Negro Baptist Church was organized in Sioux City.
• It was voted by the body that the church should be known as Mount Zion Baptist Church.
• Articles of Incorporation was again filed in 1900 with 11 charter members.
• In 1902, the church was incorporated, and the building at West Sixth and Bluff Streets was purchased.
• Reverend A.M. Colston served as the first Pastor of Mt. Zion.
• In the year of 1931 the membership grew to approximately 225 and outgrew the location at West 6th & Bluff St.
• On Sunday June 26, 1932 the church marched as a body to the church on 1421 Geneva St. under the leadership of Rev. George Burke.
• The Church was purchased from the Mayflower Congregation which currently sits at 1407 W. 18th St.
• The church did extensive remodeling in the mid 50’s under the leadership of Rev. E.W Bratton.
• The church was a city that sat on a hill that could not be hid neither did men light their candles and place them under a bushel.
• Mt. Zion was blessed to have many great leaders, which led the church to progress and improvement.
• July 15 ,1978 the Mt. Zion Baptist Church called Rev. Floyd E. Brown as their 22nd Pastor.
• The church grew spiritually as well as physically under Rev. Brown’s leadership.
• From the years 1987 to 1997 all property in the square block of Geneva to Silver – 14th St. to 15th St. was purchased by the church.
• In 1984 the church started a building fund drive to pay all debt.
• In 1997 all church loans and debt were paid off.
• On Sunday, November 8, 2003; the church had groundbreaking ceremonies at the site of the proposed new building.
• On Sunday, October 17, 2004 the congregation marched from the old edifice to the new edifice where the church currently worships.
• On August 30, 2015 Rev. Floyd Brown retired with his final sermon and turned the church over to the deacons.
• On October 6, 2017 Rev. Jeremy F. Robertson, Sr. was called to serve as the 23rd Pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

In the year ending 2017

  • The church logo was created and implemented.
  • The church van was painted and the church logo placed on it.
  • Church logo was placed on the interior and exterior doors of the church.
  • Online giving was implemented through the Givelify Mobile App.

In the year 2018

  • Under Pastor Robertson leadership the men of Mt. Zion purchased a 55-seat passenger motorcoach bus.
  • The Consecrated Mass Choir traveled to Mississippi and the church traveled to Oklahoma for the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education.
  • The Agape Community Garden was started which has been a resource to the Community, and we have seen tremendous growth.

In the year 2019

  • Pastor Robertson instituted the New Members Class.
  • A new, modern and updated website was designed for the church.
  • A Marx trailer was purchased for storage.
  • A brand-new lawn mower was donated for lawncare.

In the year 2020 (Covid-19)

  • Weekly virtual services were implemented, which continues.
  • New AV/sound equipment has been purchased such as: new apple desktop computer, Behringer X-32 Soundboard, and a laptop for office personnel.
  • New tithe/offering boxes were purchased to ensure safe giving.
  • The church celebrated it’s 120th year Anniversary with a month-long celebration of events, fundraisers, and programs.
  • A souvenir booklet was created to commemorate the church 120th year Anniversary.
  • The church hosted its Inaugural Auto Show which was a huge success.
  • The church hosted several parking lot services and one joint community parking lot service with Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C.
  • The church hosted a Free Food Box Distribution for the months of November- December in which over 7,000 boxes of food and 7,000 gallons of milk were passed out to families within the community.
  • The church launched its Handbags with Hope and King’s Closet Ministry.

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Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church

1421 Geneva St.

Sioux City, IA 51103

Church: 712-255-4623

Fax: 712-255-7202

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