pastoral History

Pastor Bradford Rev. W. BradfordFounder of MZBC; gone to glory

 

Pastor K. J. Gaul Pastor K. J. Gaul Past pastor of 29 yrs.; gone to glory.
Rebecca Gaul Evangelist R. Gaul Current Pastor and ordained Evangelist

about Mount zion baptist church

Mount Zion Baptist Church of San Fernando, CA is a spirit filled, loving and nurturing church family. All are welcome here and will be spiritually fed by Pastor Rebecca Gaul. . For the past eight years, Pastor-Elect, Evangelist Rebecca S. Gaul, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, regularly marvels the congregation with her insightfully wise ministering of the Holy Scriptures. .

Evangelist Gaul has truly shown the Mount Zion Church and the religious communities in greater Los Angeles and other parts of the state that she is truly a woman of God with a “pioneering spirit.” So, it is in the spirit of love and gratefulness that the Mount Zion Church Family has called Evangelist Rebecca S. Gaul to lead the congregation as Pastor. She has faithfully executed her duties as Pulpit Leader and Overseer and is now ready to take the helm of the Mount Zion Church ministries..


Our History

A strong foundation takes many stones… We picked up some of the first pebbles in the home of our founder, Rev. Williams J. Bradford Jr., at Louver St., Pacoima, CA, in 1956. We tossed them around for a good year, but we knew not what to do with them but after a year we knew we had to move on. So we picked up the pebbles and gathered a few more and carried and laid them down at another home on Delsur St. in 1958.
At this time we felt a little more comfortable collecting more pebbles but as we collected these pebbles we realized we had to find a more stable place… So the Lord led us on… We picked up all of our pebbles trying not to drop any along the way, and carried them over to Herrick St. in 1964…
At this time, we had many blessings and we also continued collecting many more pebbles, but we were still reaching for bigger and better things. So in 1970, after searching, we bought the Pacoima Seventh Day Adventist Church from Filmore St. and had it transferred to Vaughn St. But here is where the hard work had just begun, for you see, we had the pebbles, we had the groundwork and the church was in place but we still needed more.
So after the Lord called our founder from labor to reward on November 22, 1971, he then sent us Rev. Williams who bless and guided us for a space of about two years until bad health forced him to retire and return to his home land of Alabama.
After that the Lord sent Rev. Kenneth J. Gaul: a laborious, devoted, trusted and honorable man; to continue the shepherding of the pebbles. 
Pastor Gaul was licensed to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ on November 3, 1968.  He was called to pastor the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Pacoima in July 1973.  Mount Zion flourished under the leadership of Pastor K. J. Gaul for more than 29 years to the point that the 11 o’clock services were regularly filled to capacity.  To him, God is Love. He walked, talked, preached, and lived love until his days were done.  On June 22, 2003, Pastor Gaul was called home to be with the Lord.
In order that the solid foundation and legacy of Pastor Gaul’s ministry would be continued to the next level, Evangelist Rebecca Gaul sought the Lord’s guidance and in her unwavering faith, decided to stand in the gap. Mount Zion had its next spiritual leader.
Evangelist Rebecca Gaul and her pioneering spirit continue to minister to the needs of the Mount Zion Baptist Church and community.
We have carried a lot and we go through more, but with God’s good blessings and our patient and humble leader, our foundation shall stay strong.

Associate Minister
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Church Secretary/ Clerk
Dora Ann Tate
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Treasurer
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Administrator
LeRoy Gerte
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