Zion Hope’s vision is to serve God faithfully

Pastor of the Week

Gigi Tinsley | 3/13/2014, 9 a.m.
Rev. Dr. Edward Mitchell, Jr. (who rather be referred to as W. Edward or Mitchell) was born in Oberlin, Ohio ...
Rev. Dr. Edward Mitchell, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Edward Mitchell, Jr. (who rather be referred to as W. Edward or Mitchell) was born in Oberlin, Ohio to Mildred Marie and Willard, Sr. and raised in Akron. “The same place LeBron James of The Heat came from,” Mitchell said with Heat pride.

Mitchell came to Miami in 1987 with his younger two sons and two daughters (out of his twelve children, one deceased) and they became members of Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church under the tutelage of Rev. Douglas Cook. He worked as a Hospital Security Specialist at Jackson Memorial Hospital/Public Health Trust under the auspices of Miami-Dade County. Two years later St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church in North Miami Beach, selected him as their spiritual leader. He served there for 10 years and says, “I cut my teeth in pastoring some great people at St. Mary’s.”

In 2004, he was selected to be the pastor/teacher of Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty City.

Pastor Mitchell is a man who works according to the word of God,” said Deacon Willie Coney, of Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 5129 NW 17 Ave. “He looks at being a pastor the same as we look at a servant. And that’s a good thing. He loves to serve.”

Mitchell has a Ph.D in Pastoral Ministries and Counseling; a Masters of Science Degree from Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL in Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse Counseling and Mental Health Counseling. He also earned a Bachelors Degree from Arch Bishop Wm. S. Barry University in Liberal Studies (transferred 90 hours from Bishop College, Dallas, TX) with a concentration in Religion and Philosophy.

Mitchell is a social activist and visionary. “My desire along with a plan is to establish short-term goals of educational facilities for the general Miami community, emphasizing the academic focus upon the arts, music, and mathematics; conflict resolution,”How to Cope with Bullies,” in a Non-violent Approach for all students, pre-K-12th grades.”

His long-term vision includes “a multi-purpose facility in Liberty City as an ode to Zion’s founding pastor Rev. Paul Freeman. Whereby, secondary and post-secondary disciplines may be offered with accreditation in under-graduate, graduate, and doctorate degrees may be earned.

Currently, Mitchell has established sign-up capability for the Affordable Health Care Act, which is referred to by many as “Obama Care.”

On March 15th, the Zion Hope facility will be the site of a Health and Safety Fair. The public is invited.

“We invite the public to come worship the ‘wordship’ with us any Sunday,” Mitchell said.