Who Are We?
To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
To be a vessel of hope for the community
Passionate Prayer and Worship
We experience God’s life-changing power through prayer and worship.
We welcome all people to be nurtured, valued, and celebrated. When we say all, we mean all people.
Acts of charity and mercy are good; God also requires that we seek justice.
We honor tradition but understand that in order to reach new people we must be willing to think and act outside of the box.
Meet the Staff
Rev. Lee Hall-Perkins, Senior Pastor
Called by God at the age of fourteen, Pastor Lee shares the Gospel through his preaching, writing, and social activism. He received his bachelor’s degree in religious studies and master of divinity from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
In 2011, Pastor Lee was ordained as an elder in the Church of God in Christ, but currently serves in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Under his leadership, Mt. Zion has acquired new property worth more than 1.5 million dollars.
His partner in life, love, and ministry is the Rev. Jana Hall-Perkins, who is the senior pastor of McCabe United Methodist Church. Together, they are the proud parents of Aniya and the co-editors of Unashamedly Black, Unapologetically Christian: A Devotional for Black Faith and Life.
Kathy Grollinger, Church Secretary
Rodney Young, Lead Musician
Gary Coney, Guitarist
Billy Ferguson, Drummer
Kaylyn Kirchenstiner, Children & Youth and Community Engagement Intern
Jim Kowalczyk, Custodian
Mt. Zion’s History
1919 to the Present
The inspiration for organizing a congregation that would later become Mt. Zion grew out of the hearts of two small missions located in the Jacksonville and Heights sections of Clearwater.
Persons residing in the Jacksonville area worshipped in a small house that was located by Sis. Bertha See. Those of the Heights area held religious services in the home of Sis. Bessie Garrison, located at the corner of Eldridge Street and Railroad Road Avenue.
Mount Zion has always been about the business of making disciples for Jesus Christ and this spiritual zeal is as fervent as ever. The working spirit of our pioneers is still an inspiration to this very day.
In 2015, Mt. Zion moved to 1625 Union Street, Clearwater, Florida with the continued mission of making disciples for Jesus Christ.
Over the past 100 years, we have been richly blessed with pastoral leadership of some 26 ministers and we thank God for the contribution each has made in advancing the kingdom of God.
Last year, we celebrated our 100th Anniversary and we pray for and seek God’s direction for the future. Jesus commands us in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” This is our primary reason for being in existence. To God be the glory!