Pastor Edwards 38th Pastoral Anniversary, Sunday, October 13, 2019.
Divine D.I.V.A. Extravaganza, Saturday, November 2, 2019

Our History - Page 4


Reverend Green ended his pastorate with us on May 24, 1959 to become the pastor of the first Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia. He served Mt. Zion for seven years.


Reverend James B. Hamilton was called by God to pastor Mt. Zion on January 20, 1960. Under his guidance many things wee accomplished. Our church reached new dimensions in the areas of Christian Education, membership, finance and social outreach. A major contribution of Reverend Hamilton's was the first established church Credit Union in Charlottesville. Reverend Hamilton pastored our church for twenty years.


During our search to find the Psalm 1 Pastor. Reverend Warren Dawkins served as interim. His willingness, teaching style, commitment and leadership helped to continue the legacy of Mt. Zion Reverend Dawkins served as interim pastor for one year.


Dr. Alvin Edwards came to us on July 1, 1981 wearing dashiki, sandals and jeans to church meeting. The Deacons were looker rather "distinguished" Pastor Edwards told the members that he was sorry they came dressed that way but he was NOT apologizing for the way he was dressed. He was looking for a place to live. He found out quickly that Charlottesville was mighty expensive.


Not much has changed with our Pastor!!


He is a native of Joliet Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, his Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Union. School of Theology on May 21, 2001, he received his Ph.D. in Education from George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia.


Previously, he served as Pastor of the Second Mt. Olive Baptist Church, in Little Plymouth, Virginia and as Minister of Evangelism at the Fifth Street Baptist Church, in Richmond, Virginia. While attending Wheaton College, he served as Youth Minister and as an associate Minister of the Mount Zion Baptist Church, in Joliet, Illinois, under Dr. Isaac Singleton, Sr., Pastor.


Reverend Edwards has served on many boards including the Monticello Area Community Action Agency, Alliance for Interfaith Ministries, Charlottesville Redevelopment Housing Authority, Charlottesville Albemarle Boys and Girls Club, Planning Coordinating Council, Charlottesville City Council, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, and the African American Summit Committee. In addition, he has served as the teacher for the National Baptist Congress for Christian Education, and he served as the Lecturer in the Youth Division.


Dr. Edwards has been the keynote speaker for association meeting and state conventions. He has served Christian Education Consultant for Progressive National Baptist Convention, under the auspices of David C. Cook Publishing Company. As a result of this, he has performed workshops and seminars on leadership development throughout the United States.