Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church Senior Pastor Michael W. Wallace personifies a leader intent on finding “workers for the harvest,” both within the congregation and in creating partnerships with the broader community. He says, “too many visit those in need, but do not stay to help.” He recently preached that Jesus promises to “stay with you until you come up out of it,” and Mount Zion makes the same commitment.
He wants the historic 90-year-old Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church on Willow Street in West Oakland to be a role model of their own vision, “…to use our talents, time and treasures in collaboration with others so we can impact our community and make a difference by faith.”
As a teaching guide he cites the biblical text Philippians 2:4, “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.:
The Church, in addition to activities for vibrant and talented membership, also serves the surrounding community every Friday by giving away food and delivering boxes of groceries to seniors and shut-ins. Twice a month a meal is served by the “Feed My Sheep” program. A computer lab is available and expanding, and other annual events are held as well.
Pastor Wallace says those who have been formerly incarcerated and are seeking jobs and assistance can get a “Second Chance: at a Mount Zion fair designed to assist those who may have legal or benefits issues. The Church has recruited the East Bay Law Center and Alameda County District Attorney’s Office as partners to assist those seeking help. “Green the Church” day is the annual jobs fair, and an annual toy drive and January coat drive are two more efforts to help those in need and build community.
Mount Zion declares, “We are Family,” and Pastor Wallace preaches, “We keep it real up in here.”
Sunday and Wednesday at 1203 Willow Street, Oakland, CA. For more information, call: (510) 893-2932.