Welcome to Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church!


Empowering people to live a Christ-centered lifestyle.


We are the Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church! Our mission is to empower people to live a Christ-centered lifestyle. We believe that God has purposed us to be a hospitable, relational, Bible based, community focused congregation.

At Sixth Mount Zion, we don't just go to church, we are the church.
As the body of Christ, we have been called by God to:

  • feed the hungry
  • clothe the naked
  • care for the sick
  • shelter the homeless and
  • visit the imprisoned

How will the world know that we are members of the Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church? We will exhibit the BASICS for people of faith. 

Members of the Mount:

  • Believe in God's Word
  • Appreciate connections with God's family
  • Seek God's presence
  • Invite and welcome all God's children
  • Commit time, talents, and treasure to God's kingdom
  • Serve God's people

We are the Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, empowering people to live a Christ-centered lifestyle.

Sixth Mount Zion

The First 150 Years (1867-2017)

Sixth Mount Zion enjoys a heritage of dynamic fellowship and extraordinary leadership that dates to 1867, when the renowned Reverend John Jasper founded the church. Typical of the desperate conditions for many African-Americans in Richmond immediately after the Civil War, Sixth Mount Zion was originally organized in an abandoned confederate horse stable on Brown's Island along the shores of the James River. The Commonwealth of Virginia has recognized the church with two historical highway markers--one at the church site in downtown Richmond, and another in Fluvanna County near the birthplace of John Jasper. Residing within the historic Jackson Ward District, the church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. In 2004, the Richmond City Council honored the church with a special designation as a local "historic district," encompassing the 3 acres of land on which it stands, the only black church in Richmond to receive this distinction.

For more than 150 years, Sixth Mount Zion has served as a center of spiritual and community life, addressing the social concerns of the city's residents. Sixth Mount Zion was one of the first black churches to have an organized charity with a staff social worker to administer to the indigent of the community and city. This tradition continues to assist individuals and families with the resources necessary to overcome obstacles that prevent them from achieving personal, social and economic goals.

To learn more, watch our video highlighting all God has done in and through us over the years.