In 1900, within the security of the New Light Baptist Church, then located at 1807 McConnell Road, Greensboro, NC, Mt. Zion Baptist Church was organized by Rev. Neal Brown, 2 officers, and 10 lay members. The loyal and devoted group met in homes of different members until 1903, when a lot was purchased on McConnell Road for thirty-five dollars. With the help of two Trustees, Andrew Kirkpatrick and William Jeffries, the church was erected in 1905.
On April 2, 1936, a devastating tornado swept through the area and the church was destroyed beyond use. At the mercy of God and our fellow brothers and sisters of the Christian faith, worship services were held at Primitive Baptist Church, 507 Gillespie Street, Sister Mary Gay’s home and Jonesboro Church, which later became known as Browning Chapel (now Metropolitan United Methodist Church).
On October 25, 1937, a lot was purchased from Mrs. Maggie Alston at 216 Bingham Street. The church was completed in 1938, by all volunteer work from the membership. This building served as the worship center of the community until 1959, when land was purchased at 1901 Spencer Street and the church was erected in 1965.
Due to the dynamic membership growth and inability to acquire adjoining properties for expansion and community needs, a 22,000 square feet lot was purchased in November 1977, at 1301 Alamance Church Road. On November 1, 1981, Pastor George Brooks and the congregation marched from 1901 Spencer Street to 1301 Alamance Church Road to commensurate the opening of the new church.
Mount Zion has experienced rapid growth in membership since 1985, when it began conducting two Sunday worship services – 7:30 am & 11:00 am. In 1994, Sunday worship services were held at 7:30 am, 9:30 am, and 11:00 am. In 1996, a Saturday evening service was added and the Sunday 7:30 am and 9:30 am services were moved to the Carolina Theater. In November 1995, a groundbreaking service was held on the adjoining property to erect a new sanctuary, daycare, school, music suites, bookstore, and classrooms. In December 1998, Pastor George Brooks, First Lady Edna Brooks, and the Mount Zion church family marched to the new edifice for the dedication of this new facility.
In December 1999, the dedication of the renovation of the “old sanctuary” was held. The old sanctuary is currently utilized as a multipurpose center and is now known as “The Chapel”. Because of God’s anointing in this 100+ year ministry, today 5400 people call Mount Zion their church home.