Mount Zion to install pastor; celebration includes banquet, gospel comedy show

STEUBENVILLE — Mount Zion Baptist Church of Steubenville will install Bishop Jermaine Moore Sr. of Ocala, Fla., as its ninth pastor in the church’s 98-year history during an upcoming weekend celebration that begins with a dinner banquet and gospel comedy show starting at 7 p.m. Friday.

Since November, Moore has served as senior pastor of the church located at 221 N. Seventh St., Steubenville.

“Comedians Big Ben and Jamar Haynes Lee will bring a hilarious brand of clean comedy that is bound to put a smile on every face,” notes a news release about the banquet that also will include “cameo appearances” by Michael Jett, Jerry Williams, Tyrone Williams, Rose Slaughter, Wylene Alexander, Paulette Johnson, Barbara J. Miller and Diane Pendergrast.

The Rev. Calvin McLoyd will give the invocation.

The banquet is open to the public, but tickets must be purchased in advance. They are $35 and can be obtained by calling the church at (740) 282-9244.

The celebration will continue at 4 p.m. Saturday with Moore’s installation service over with Bishop Brandon Owens of the Second Ebeneezer Church in Cleveland presiding.

Bishop David Thomas of New St. Paul Baptist Church in Cincinnati will bring the gospel message and be accompanied by his praise team and congregation. Elder Cynthia Turner of Cincinnati will give the invocation with scripture readings by Elder Dowdell Cobbs of Cincinnati and Minister Robert Neeley of Youngstown.

There will be a selection by Praise Dancers “Generation Now” under the direction of Karla Martin and Praise and Flag Ministry by Minister Michelle Neeley of Youngstown. Steubenville Mayor Domenick Mucci, Steubenville councilmen Bob Villamagna and Scott Dressel and past Masonic Master Craig Williams will offer greetings. The hymn of consecration will be rendered by soloist Minister Clyde Douglas from Daytona Beach, Fla. Pastor Melvin Rippey of the Macedonia Church in Wheeling will charge the congregation; Lady Cheryl Thomas of New St. Paul Baptist Church will charge First Lady Tikisha Moore; and Pastor Craig Campbell of Zion Baptist in New Brunswick, Ga., will charge Bishop Moore.

A reception will be held immediately after the service in the church social hall. The public is invited.

Moore was born April 8, 1983, in Brunswick, Ga., and began preaching at age 12 under the guidance of his father, Bishop W.T. Moore.

Over the years he produced a myriad of recordings and had the opportunity to minister in song with national recording artists such as Bishop Bruce V. Parham, Kim Burrell, Leslie Pace, Duranice Pace and Bishop Richard “Mr Clean” White. He also has traveled the country ministering. He established 2 HOT 2 B KOOL Nov. 18, 2006, “for the empowerment of youth and young adults across the nation.”

In January 2010, he was consecrated by Archbishop Anthony D. Burns, the presiding prelate of the Anointed Word Kingdom Assemblies by both Apostolic Tradition and Apostolic Succession. In 2011, he founded and established the One Body Covenant Fellowship “to be a progressive, evangelistical, charismatic, and multi-cultural reformation.” In January 2013, he completed his biblical studies at the Wings of Faith Bible College, graduating with his doctrine of philosophy. In June 2013 he founded the Freedom Place Family Worship Center.

He resides with his wife, Tikisha, and is the father of Jakeden and Jermaine Moore Jr.