Mt. Zion Names Successor to E.V. Hill II After Two-Year Search

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Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church’s two-year search for a pastor is officially over as Joshua M. Daniels of Houston has been named to succeed Edward V. Hill II.

“After much prayer, deliberation and interest from pastors across the country, the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church is proud and humbled to welcome Pastor Joshua M. Daniels as the new Pastor–elect and successor to our beloved Pastor, E.V. Hill II, who led and loved our congregation for 15 wonderful years, and his world renowned father, Dr. E.V. Hill Sr, who faithfully served Mt. Zion for over 42 years, making Mt. Zion a nationally and internationally respected congregation and leader in the faith community”, a statement from the church’s board read.

“Rev. Daniels is a nationally known and highly respected preacher, teacher, and pastor, whose heart for the people of God and love and commitment to the work of our Lord make his call to Mt. Zion the clear and decisive answer to much prayer.”

The search for a pastor of the storied 129-year-old congregation known for its involvement in civil rights, civic affairs and the powerful oratory skills of legacy pastors like the famed E.V. Hill—one of the most prominent pastors in the nation— and his son, had been a topic of conversation in the L.A. faith community. 

“Mt. Zion has been one of the leading churches in California and the faith community is excited that the church has attracted a prolific, young and capable pastor in Joshua Daniels,” said Pastor K.W. Tulloss, president of the Baptist Minister’s Conference.

At 27, Daniels is honored to shepherd Mt. Zion into what the church hopes to be a new season of ministry.

“I am beyond humbled and honored to have been selected by God and elected by the congregation to serve as the 14th Senior Pastor of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church,” Daniels wrote in an Instagram post.

“For 42 years, the pulpit of Mount Zion served as the home of the preaching ministry of the iconic and peerless Dr. E.V. Hill. In an age before social media and the internet, he epitomized what it meant to go viral as his ministry touched every corner of the known world! To stand where he stood is humbling and horrifying to say the least,” he continued.

“I am blessed to follow his son and my predecessor, Pastor E.V. Hill, II., who led Mount Zion greatly for 15 years. His life and ministry were such a tremendous blessing to Mount Zion and the Kingdom of God as a whole.” 

Daniels has served as senior pastor/founder of the Freedom Worship Assembly in Houston, Texas since 2018. Prior to planting Freedom Worship Assembly, Daniels served as Senior Pastor of the Rising Sun Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas and the historic Damascus Missionary Baptist Church in Houston.

The married father of two—who preached his first sermon at the age of six and began his pastoral ministry at age 19—currently serves as the Assistant Recording Secretary for the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America.

Daniels will officially preach his first sermon as pastor-elect on Sunday, October 17th. A formal installation date is pending. 


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