Mt. Zion AME Church celebrates 133 years of ministry

Published: Sep. 13, 2015 at 10:08 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2016 at 2:22 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The daughter church of Mother Emanuel AME Church, Mt. Zion AME Church, celebrated 133 years of ministry on Sunday. The church is located on Glebe Street in downtown Charleston. South Carolina Senator, Tim Scott delivered the keynote address. 

"We just want to celebrate what God has done for us and those who joined us that have made this day a great day," says Rev.John Brown, Pastor of Mt. Zion.

Several local leaders attended the anniversary service that had a message about setting aside differences and uniting through God's word.

"Reach across the lines of division... you'll be surprised, all God wants to do is bring us together," says Rev. Brown.

In Senator Scott's message he says, "whatever your title, whatever your perspective, just lay it down at the alter."

"What an opportunity for us to bring the community together and have the opportunity to share God's word and God's love that really unified our community after such an amazing tragedy," says Senator Scott.

During the service Mayor Joe Riley proclaimed today as Mt. Zion AME 133rd Anniversary Day in the city of Charleston.

"We don't want to just celebrate with just AME we want to celebrate the rich history of our church with everybody," says Rev. Brown.

Mt. Zion became the daughter church when Mother Emanuel reached capacity. Today, the congregation is proud to celebrate 133 years of ministry with the city's support.

"We have to let go of those things that we hold when the devil keeps us a part, and so that's what our celebration is about," says Rev. Brown. "That's what keeps us going as a church of self help and a church of determination," says Rev. Brown.