Montgomery Portis, Jr.

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Pastor Montgomery Portis, Jr. was born on April 11, 1950, in Monroeville, Alabama. He was the first of six children of Montgomery Portis, Sr. (deceased) and Cleo Tucker Portis. Raised in a Christian home, his parents were diligent in teaching their son the importance of knowing God. He accepted Christ at an early age. He also received spiritual guidance from two uncles who are now pastors of churches in Alabama, Pastor Sidney A. Tucker and Pastor John A. Tucker.

Pastor Portis attended Selma University, in Selma, Alabama, where he majored in Business Administration, Religious Education/Administration. After eight years in the Air Force, he attended Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois majoring in Correction and Law Enforcement. He was employed by the United States Air Force as a military and civilian employee for over 20 years.

Pastor Portis was called to the ministry August 1987 in Mesa, Arizona. He became Associate Minister, Director of Christian Education and Bible Teacher of Progressive Baptist Church and later was instrumental in organizing and pastoring a Baptist Church just prior to his job transfer to Youngstown, Ohio.

In March of 1991, Pastor Portis and family became members of the Phillips Memorial Missionary Baptist Church where Pastor J. L. King (deceased) was the Pastor. Pastor Portis served as an associate minister for five years. He was elected and he proudly accepted to be the Pastor of the Phillips Memorial Missionary Baptist Church on February 17, 1996.

During his ministry in Youngstown, Ohio, Pastor Portis served for three years as a General Clerk of the Eastern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Northern West Virginia Missionary Baptist Church District Association (EOBA); certified instructor of the Congress of Christian Education with the EOBA; certified instructor of the American Baptist College, and the American Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS). Additionally, he served as an instructor at the Youngstown Unit of ABTS for three years, was a member of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Youngstown, Ohio, and served as 2nd vice president and 1st vice president for two years.

On July 12, 2002, Pastor Portis was elected and proudly accepted to be the pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1012 Adams Street, Mobile, Alabama.

During his ministry at Mt. Zion, Pastor Portis served as First Eastern Shore Missionary Baptist Association, Inc. 2nd Vice President of the Congress of Christian Education for 2 years and President for four years.  On August 2, 2009, he was elected and currently serves as Moderator for First Eastern Shore Missionary Baptist Association, Inc. Pastor Portis also served as 1st Vice President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of the Greater Mobile and vicinity for three years and President for one year.


Pastor Portis has a wife, Denise and two daughters, Adrienne and Renee.  They are blessed with one grandson, Matthew and two granddaughters, Calla Louise and Maya Denise.


“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be wear; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31


Administrative Assistant

Marietta White

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Deacon, Chairman

John Dukes

Trustee, Chairman

Shirley Ware

Ministerial Staff

Minister Carolyn Hairston

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Minister Carolyn Hairston is a native of Mobile, AL. She  is a graduate of Central High School Class of 1967 and earned a Bachelor's in Sociology from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1972.

Minister Hairston is a life-long member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she has served in many capacities, from being Assistant to the Mother of the Church to serving as the Assistant Youth Minister. Presently, she serves as Minister of Youth and President of the Missionary Society. In her spare time, Minister Hairston enjoys studying the Word, spending time with family and friends and volunteering/serving in whatever capacity needed. She is an outspoken woman of God and never meets a stranger. Minister Hairston's love for God has brought her through many trials and tribulations which has led her to be the God fearing woman she is today.

Minister Carolyn Hairston  is the wife to Robert Hairston, Sr. ,  the mother of three children: Sophronia Hairston, Hattie Hairston, and Robert (Audia) Hairston, and the grandmother of four grandchildren: Robert III, Romelle,  Aspen Hairston and Denzel Sellers, step grandson.


Ministerial Staff

Minister Marion Dubose

Ministerial Staff

Minister Linda Hill

Associate Pastor

Pastor George Henderson, Sr.

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Little Rock Baptist Church

17542 Little Rock Road

Foley, AL 36535


Pastor George Sylvester Henderson, Sr. A Pastor, A Preacher, A Teacher, and A man of God! He was born on May 26, 1950 to the Late Rev. Henry Henderson and Sis. Olivette Henderson. He is a resident of Mobile, Alabama. He and First Lady Sister Rita Grey Henderson were united in marriage on February 7, 1987; they have eight wonderful children.

Pastor Henderson received his license to preach on July 22, 1990 at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church #2 of Trinity Gardens, Alabama. He was installed as Pastor of the Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church of Foley on October 10, 2004; .he is a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Mobile, Alabama. Pastor Henderson graduated from the Trinity Gardens High School in 1968; he went on to Bishop State Junior College, of Mobile, Alabama from 1968-1969 and Erie Community College, of Buffalo, New York from 1976-1977 majoring in Business Administration. He returned to Bishop State Junior College of Mobile, Alabama in 1988 where he took Psychology and majored in Business Administration and Minored in Divinity. He attended the Interdenominational Baptist Ministries and studied the Doctrine of Creation. He graduated from the Alabama Interdenominational Seminary, Inc. of Mobile, Alabama on June 13, 1999. Pastor Henderson studied in the Department of Theology from Selma University, Selma Alabama. He served as a Program Manager (employee) at the Cornerstone, Inc. Treatment Program for Adolescents, Neglected and Abused Children from 1984-1995; he began serving in 1995 and is currently serving (employed) at the St. Mary's Home, Program for Adolescents, Neglected and Abused Children as a Behavior Specialist.

Pastor Henderson was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church #2 where he was baptized under the late Rev. C. Bonner in 1957. He served as a Youth Counselor, Sunday School Teacher, Chief Officer Senior Usher Board, until he was ordained as a Deacon in 1989 under his father Reverend Henry Henderson. Pastor Henderson was called into the Ministry July 1990 and licensed by the late Rev. S. M. McCree, Sr. of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Mobile, Alabama on March 13, 1994 and became Associate and Youth Minister where he served faithfully. He served as a Spiritual Advisor, Port City United Voices Youth Choir from 1993-1996. In the First Eastern Shore Missionary Baptist Association, Pastor Henderson served as Associate Dean for the Congress, 1992-2001, Program Director - Boys Camp, 1999-2008, Dean of Christian Education, 2001-2009. Also in 2009 he became the President of the Congress of Christian Education. He is the past president of the Trinity Gardens Middle School PTA and the Chastang Middle School PT A. He served as Counselor and Coach of the Trinity Gardens Recreation Department; Coach of the Hank Aaron Park Baseball and Football; and Coach of Mt. Zion Baptist Church Basketball.

Associate Pastor

Pastor Benjamin Lang

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Cornerstone Baptist Church

7167 South Sweetwater Rd.

Lithia Springs, GA 30122


Rev. Benjamin Lang, a native of Mobile, Alabama, is the 9th of 11 children born to the late Rev. Eural C. Lang Sr. and Mrs. Mary Ida Lang.

He received salvation in Christ at an early age and was baptized at age 10 in his family’s church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Mobile, Alabama, under the leadership of the late Elder S.M. McCree. He is a product of the Mobile County School System and is a 1976 graduate of Toulminville High School (now LeFlore).

Rev. Lang graduated May, 1980 as an honor student from Dillard University New Orleans, LA, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. While at Dillard University, he was actively involved in the Baptist Student Union (BSU) and accepted his calling to preach the gospel of Christ. He preached his first public sermon on the 2nd Sunday in June, 1980 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Rev. Lang received his Masters of Divinity May, 1983 from New Orleans Theological Seminary. He was ordained into the Preaching Ministry October, 1987  at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, under the leadership of Rev. Gregory A. Sutton. On February 25, 1984, he married the love of his life, the former Nadine Lemons of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Rev. Lang was a Campus Minister (1984-1996) with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board (GBMB), serving the Atlanta University Center, Georgia Tech, and Georgia State University. He continues to serve as a consultant for the GBMB, assisting them in finding and training ministers to start new churches in the state of Georgia.

In 1994, Rev. Lang became the Interim-Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Lithia Springs, GA (a western suburb of Atlanta). The church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the Georgia Baptist Mission Board (GBMB), and the West Metro Baptist Association (WMBA). He serves as its full-time pastor and has done so for the past 21 years (Since August, 1996).

He looks forward to the day when he will hear the Lord Jesus say, “Well done, thou good and faithful, servant”.

Associate Pastor

Pastor Marlon E. Jones

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Franklin Street Baptist Church

2113 St. Stephens Road

Mobile, AL   36617


The Reverend Marlon Everett Jones serves as the Pastor of Franklin Street Baptist Church, in Mobile, Alabama. Since his arrival in 2012, Jones has helped the church transition into becoming a cutting edge 21st century ministry through dynamic leadership, spiritual teaching, and biblical preaching. This is evident as the church celebrates time honored traditions while employing new ministry methods and technology. During Jones' short tenure, the church has grown in attendance and membership, acquired rental property, launched a children's church, established a contemporary worship service, began a weekly radio ministry, and incorporated new media into worship. The church is reaping a harvest of renewed visibility in the community through the outreach and evangelistic activities such as the Emergency Coat Drive, the Perishable Food Benevolence, and the Rated "R" Worship service.

            Prior to ministry at Franklin Street, Reverend Jones served as the Pastor of Worship for the Macedonia Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, under the leadership of Senior Pastor Jason A. Barr, Jr. He was responsible for providing pastoral leadership and administrative oversight to the church's worship services, music and arts ministry, media and marketing; while maintaining an active preaching schedule in the church's pulpit. He also served as a full-time staff minister for the Union Baptist Church, in Durham, North Carolina (Dr. Kenneth R. Hammond-Senior Pastor), for 7 years. During this time, Jones as responsible for the 4,500 member church's music, media, and technology ministries. Under Jones' leadership, the music ministry at Union grew from nearly 75 people to more than 250. He was responsible for a staff of 22 paid musicians and 30 media volunteers. At this juncture, Jones was ordained into the Gospel Ministry through the East Cedar Grove Baptist Association. Through Union's relationship with the Lott Carey Foreign Missions, Jones was afforded the opportunity to serve as a missionary/evangelist throughout Guyana, in South America.

            He is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education. He has continued studies towards Masters of Divinity degree from the historic Shaw University, in Raleigh, North Carolina and the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He also done further studies in education at Alabama A & M University,

            Reverend Jones is an active part of the community which is evident in his roles as President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and Executive Director of the 100 Black Men of Greater Mobile. In 2015, He was selected as one of Mobile Bay's 'Top Forty Under 40." He has served as the Religious and Community Affairs Chairperson of the NAACP-Mobile branch. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and a mentor for several schools. His leadership is also being utilized on a national level as an inaugural fellow of the Bailey-Sullivan Leadership Institute of the Black Alliance of Educational Options. Additionally, In 2008, he was selected to become a member of Leadership North Carolina -- a leadership program for the state's top leaders.

            He also founded The Proclamation, a community newspaper that voiced the concerns and focused on the achievements of the minority community. Finally, Jones is a family man. He is married to Attorney Keava Boswell and they have two sons, Elias and Everett.            

Associate Pastor

Pastor Darius V. Evans

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Cedar Park Baptist Church

1509 Cedar Park Drive

Mobile, AL 36605


     Reverend Evans is a native of Mobile, Alabama. He is the youngest child born to the union of Virgia and the late Reverend David E. Evans on July 12, 1972. He is a graduate of Ben C. Rain High School of Mobile, Alabama, Class of 1991.

     Reverend Evans confessed Christ very early in his life. He acknowledged his call to preach the Gospel and delivered his 'initial sermon' on January 9, 1994 and was ordained on August 4, 1996. In March of 2007, Almighty God summoned Reverend Evans to shepherd the very same church in which he was a product - Cedar Park Missionary Baptist Church, Inc.

     Reverend Evans has been married to Sister Tonja Chastang-Evans for nearly 20 years and they are the proud parents of one son, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren.

     Reverend Evans continues to advance the Kingdom of God by investing in education. He believes that in order to lead God's people, the leader must have a spiritual, social, economic, and literate sense of direction. And among his many accomplishments, Reverend Evans is credited with the following:

·       Bishop State Community College of Mobile, Alabama

·       Covington Theological Seminary of Rossville, Georgia

·       State, local and national Seminary coursework and application

·       Shriner Son of the Year: 1995

·       Second Vice-Moderator of Area 1 of the First Eastern Shore Missionary Baptist

        Association in Alabama

·       Chaplain for Mobile County Democratic Conference - 2015

·       Regional marriage counselor for young couples and newlyweds

·       Business owner and employee of the Mobile County Public School System

     Reverend Evans is a respected hymnologist and sought-after lecturer. He is a frequent panelist on Biblical seminary studies, including Pastors and young ministers. He can often be found ministering to the sick and shut-in; as well as the least of these.

     Reverend Evans has proven to be a man of God that is led by the Holy Spirit. May the works that he continues to do - speak for him!


Associate Pastor

Pastor Jimmy Prince

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Bethlehem Baptist Church

42700 Amelia Road

Bay Minette, AL   36507


Rev. Jimmy Prince is a native Mobilian and attended the Mobile County Public School System, graduating from Vigor High School in 1980. He grew up as a member of First Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Reverend John McCarty. Subsequently, he was ordained a deacon and served under the same pastor.

He cites as his main objectives, "To lead the people of God as I am being led by Him; in living a more spirit-filled and abundant life through teaching of the Word of God; and Bible Study and preaching of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

Rev. Prince is the son of Jimmy and Flora Mae Gilchrist Prince; he is married to the former Felicia Young and they have two children.

Rev. Prince later united with St. James Missionary Baptist Church and served as a deacon and church clerk for more than 14 years under the leadership of the late Reverend Nathaniel Dortch. In November 1999, while at St.  James, he acknowledge his call in the Gospel Ministry and preached his first sermon and was licensed to preach. He was ordained as a minister from the same church in 2001.

In December of 2001, Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church of Bay Minette, AL installed Reverend Prince as their pastor, where he is still serving faithfully.

A very active member of the First Eastern Shore Missionary Baptist Association, Rev. Prince has served as the Director of Christian Education for more than 8 years. For this position he is immensely qualified, having attended the Pastor's Alternative Class of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, where he was certified as a teacher. Also, he attended the E.L. White Theological Seminary in Prichard, AL and obtained the following degrees:

Bachelor of Theology, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Divinity

Rev. Prince has employed with the Mobile County Public School System for more than 30 years, where he is presently serving as a Plant Engineer.


Charles A. Jackson

In 2004, Pastor Charles A. Jackson was faithfully serving as a Deacon at Lilly Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, until God had a higher calling on his life.  On March 21, 2004 Pastor Jackson transitioned from deacon to minister. He preached his initial sermon with tears running down his eyes and was licensed to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In August of 2005 he was ordained by Dr. Tyler Hardeman, Sr., then the pastor at Lily Baptist Church.

Pastor Jackson is a 1983 graduate of C. F. Vigor High School where he played football. Pastor Jackson attended Alabama A & M in Huntsville, Alabama for one semester and transferred back home to Bishop State Community College.  After completing his studies at Bishop State, he enrolled at The University of Alabama and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with a minor in Criminal Justice, in 1988.  In the fall of 1986, while at the University Of Alabama, he became a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  Pastor Jackson later earned a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Covington Theological Seminary in Rossville, GA. and will start pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry degree in the fall of 2015.  Pastor Jackson received the Man of the Year, Alabama award at the 35th Annual Partnership, Courage, Collaboration & Leadership Achievement from the Ross Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia and the Medgar Evers award from the Baldwin County Chapter NAACP.

Rev. Charles Jackson is the pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Daphne, Alabama where he has humbly served for six years. Under his leadership, the church has witnessed the blessing of God in many areas. The church has seen graceful growth in membership and the maturing of the church body. The upstairs of the Education Building was completed within two years of his appointment and has acquired two and a half acres of property directly behind the church for the building of a family life center. A Children’s Nursery was started to take care of the children of the parents attending Sunday worship service.  In 2014, an eight o’ clock worship service was implemented, followed by breakfast. This has positively impacted the growth of the church and Sunday school attendance. Additionally, in 2014, the church sanctuary was remodeled and new pews were installed in 2015. All of these accomplishments were under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and by the grace of God.

Pastor Jackson currently serves as the First vice moderator of the First Eastern Shore and is a certified teacher in the congress of Christian Education. Pastor Jackson is one of the ministers, frequently called on, to do the invocations at the Daphne City Council meetings. He also meets with the mayor of the city of Daphne quarterly, along with other ministers, to discuss ways on improving the city of Daphne. Pastor Jackson also serves on the board of directors of the National African -American Archives & Multicultural Museum in Mobile, Alabama.

Pastor Charles Jackson is married to the former Miss Yvette Knight. They are the proud parents of Rico, Andrew, Clifton and Nyla.  Sister Jackson is a graduate of the University of South Alabama, where she obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Nursing and is a Doctoral Candidate at Walden University. She is a Registered Nurse and the Director of the Surgical Technology Department at Faulkner State Community College, in Bay Minette, Alabama.

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