A bit about how we started, where we’ve been, and how Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Ardmore, Oklahoma got to where we are now.
1889 – 1891
The Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Ardmore, Oklahoma was organized between the years of 1889-1891 (an exact date is not known), under the leadership of the Rev. Cornelius N. Moore, assisted by Rev. J.E. Banks. The church had about seven members: Jeff Phillips, Mandie Hamilton, Lizzie Abbett, Laura Hunt, Wallace Hunt, Minnie York, and Mrs. Bell (first name unknown). This church was purchased from Charlie Bruce, located in the Northeast part of town. The size was a 10’ x 14’ building. After being at this location for several years, the property was sold to a railroad company, then a lot on “C” Street S.E., was purchased.
Movin’ on up
1907 – 1911
During this time up to 1907, Rev. White was pastor at Mount Zion with a membership of approximately 92 members. Later, the pastor and members exchanged the “C: street location for the present site, located on 1st Avenue and “F” Street Southeast. On this land a building was built large enough to accommodate the congregation. Between the years of 1907-1911, Rev. Perkins was called to a church in Kansas. Rev. Claybourne became the pastor of the church for a short time during this period. In the latter part of 1911. The church called Rev. A. L. Russell who in 1914 rebuilt the church to hold more than 250 people.
In 1934 under the pastorship of Rev. D.C. Hannah, Mount Zion began to progress and become an outstanding church that was recognized in all district, state, and national meetings. Mount Zion was host church to the Oklahoma State Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress in 1945 and 1952. In 1955 Rev. Hannah felt he had accomplished his work at Mount Zion and offered his resignation. He had served 21 years and 6 months. His labor and service will always be remembered in the hearts of Mount Zion members.
In March 1956 Rev. E.C. Beatty accepted the call to pastor Mount Zion. Mount Zion made great progress under the leadership and loving, tender guidance of Reverend and Sister Beatty. By January 1957 the church was completely debt free.The parsonage and church were repaired and painted, and all of the choirs in the church experienced growth. Usher Boards and the Progressive Club had been organized and did much in aiding financially. The Sunday School, Baptist Training Union, and other auxiliaries also experienced significant growth.
The need for expannsion was becoming greater each week Mount Zion gathered for worship. The old edfice was demolished and a new brick edifice was built. After the new edifice was built in 1975 construction began to add an Annex; the Annex was completed by 1976.
From Labor to Reward
For 33 years, Rev. E. C. Beatty led Mount Zion through the Holy Spirit preaching and reaching. During Rev. Beatty’s years at Mount Zion, we were hosts to the Oklahoma State Convention numerous times; he served as Moderator of the Chickasaw District and an officer of the State and National Church Workers. Rev. Beatty helped establish, organize, and taught at the Ardmore Branch of the Oklahoma School of Religion. The Lord called Rev. E.C. Beatty home on October 25, 1989, from labor to reward.
1990 – 1995
On the fourth Sunday in December 1989, Mount Zion was led to call the Rev. Larry B. Williams. Rev. Williams accepted “the call” as Mount Zion’s pastor and was installed on March 11, 1990. Rev. Williams, a biblical scholar, teacher, and prayer warrior came to Mount Zion to lead, teach, and to serve. During Rev. Williams’s tenure as pastor to Mount Zion, numerous programs were established such as: church tape ministry, annual fall revival, scholarship fund, senior citizen’s annual Christmas outing, church improvements, church accounting procedures were revised, a new van purchased, and three deacons were ordained. In April 1995, Rev. Williams was led to accept a call to pastor a church in Kansas City.
A Time of Improvement
1995 – 2015
In September, 1995, Mount Zion was prayerfully led to call Rev. Roy C. Johnson to pastor Mount Zion. Rev. Johnson accepted and was installed on November 12, 1995. Rev. Johnson a faithful, devoted “Man of God” had a vision of accomplishing many new tasks throughout the church. Numerous improvements were continuously being made to the building of Mount Zion, while conferences, convention, spirit filled meetings were held to uplift our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. From 2003 to 2006 a great deal of improvements were made under Pastor Johnson’s leadership. After Pastor Roy C. Johnson transitioned to be with our heavenly father, Mount Zion was under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Gurly, Rev. Rhome and Rev. Wilmer E. Cooper. In 2015 Rev. Cooper accepted the call to pastor the Western Avenue Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.
restoration and revitalization
2016 – Present
On May 2, 2016 the Lord led Mount Zion to call Rev. John-Alfred Credle Jr. as pastor. Rev. Credle is from Brooklyn, New York and relocated to Ardmore, Oklahoma. Rev. Credle is the 13th pastor in Mount Zion’s 133 year history. Pastor credle has a vision that will restore and revitalize Mount Zion to accompliship the great work of discipleship in the commumity of Ardmore and beyond. Pastor Credle is married to Cheron Credle, affeciotnately known as “Lady Credle.” Pastor and Lady Credle have one son and three daughters: Joshua Prince, Jordan Grace, Victory Johanna and Zoe Sonia. Through the help of the Lord, Rev. Credle is leading Mount Zion to higher heights.