In 1970 a few of God’s chosen decided to gather the fragments of a broken body of believers formerly members of Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church, and organize Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. The founding officers were Sister Rosa Moore, Deacon Leodis Barnes , Sister Annie V. Barnes, Sister Georgia Jenkins, Sister Annie Mae Deaver, and Sister Edna M. Taylor and all their children.
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church experienced many struggles in their effort to keep the church as an organized body in Christ. The major struggle was that of keeping a leader to lead the body from 1970 through 1979. In order of their period of ministration the leaders were Reverend Pervis Collins (1970-1971), Reverend Mosel Darthard (1972-1973), Reverend R. Rollins (1974-1977), Reverend O. M. Banks (1977-19798) and Reverend L. Joseph (1978-1979).
Faced with the disheartening truth that they were once again without a leader in 1979, Mother Rosa Moore sought the face of God and asked Him for a leader that would stand this test of endurance and lead His people to victory. Rosa believed God and in the power of prayer. Many times she opened the church doors hoping the members would come. But the grim reality was that she was often left alone to worship and give praise to God. Yet, she took courage and sang a hymn, prayed, and reminded God of His word towards her. Rosa never renounced her belief and continued this work alone for one full year.
Rosa finally received her answer from God. Rosa phoned the church members and told them to come on Sunday because she had a promise from God that there was a “chosen vessel.” Reverend Amos York, Sr. was contacted and asked to report to Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church and deliver a message to the congregation. She reported to me that when she saw him, her heart convicted her that he was the one and that all was well.
“New Birth: First Mt. Zion Baptist Church”
In August of 1980, Amos York Sr. became the new pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. He eagerly accepted the challenge with a warm heart and burst of energy that struck the attention of many that heard of his good works. The first service consisted of his wife, his five sons Michael, Terrence, Johnny, Delbert, and Amos Jr., Sister Rosa Moore, Sister Georgia Jenkins and her three sons the late Jimmy Jenkins, Brendan Jenkins, and Christopher Jenkins, and Sister Annie Mae Deaver and Deacon Dockery.
“Continued Growth – A New Facility & Name”
Pillar of Glory Christian Tabernacle
By 1990 they realized the need for more space. The question arose as to whether they should add on to the present church or relocate to another site. In July 1990, Pastor York visited a church located on 5609 Mt. Houston Road. He had heard that the church was for sale. When he entered the building the spirit of the Lord spoke and said, “This is your building.” Several days later another minister phoned Pastor York to tell him that the spirit of the Lord had spoken to him and said that the building on Mt. Houston Road belongs to First Mt. Zion. This was the initial birth of Pillar of Glory Christian Tabernacle. For many months services were conducted at both sanctuaries. First Mt. Zion also was used as an Outreach Center for the neighborhood. Pastor York conducted Sunday services at First Mt. Zion until he assigned associate pastors, Michael York and Richard McKinsey to assist with conducting services. A newfound friendship with Pastor Bret Jones of Mt. Houston Pentecostal Church was established during this period of transition. Together they designed a financial package that afforded the move to take place.
“The Visions Continue”
Pastor York has shared his visions for the ministry with all he meets and serves. They are to establish a daycare, recreational center, private school, world outreach center, and a Bible College.
In August 1994 during a Founders service the Holy Spirit spoke to Bishop York the name “Pillar of Glory Christian Tabernacle” and assured him that. The First Mt. Zion era was over and they were to return to 1331 E. 32 ½ to finish the work he had called them to as they begin to obey God.
In January 2013 Bishop York retired as the full-time Pastor of the Pillar of Glory Christian Tabernacle, of which his first born Pastor Michael York currently is the senior Pastor. Bishop York now serves as the ministry Overseer.