OUR SENIOR PASTORS
Apostle Donald Q. Fozard, Sr. was born in Durham, North Carolina. He is the son of the late Ila Mangum Fozard. He is married to the former Nora Lee Lyons. They have been blessed with eight children and Thirty-two grandchildren. Apostle Fozard is a graduate of Hillside High School. He received a Bachelor of Theology Degree from Union Christian Bible Institute and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Hosanna Bible College in Durham, North Carolina.
In 1978, Minister Donald Q. Fozard, Sr., who had been ordained in the ministry for less than one year, was asked to minister at Mount Zion Baptist Church every Sunday. His messages were vibrant and spiritually rich as he addressed salvation and love. Crowds of people attended Mt. Zion Baptist church; and it was customary to have fifty or more people give their lives to Christ, at once, Sunday after Sunday. Consequently, Minister Donald Q. Fozard, Sr. became the Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church on the second Sunday in December 1978.
After receiving the infilling of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking with other tongues in 1980, Pastor Fozard realized that he had to teach the uncompromising Word of God. Under this conviction he left the traditions of the Baptist Church, and in 1982, rented a house at 2318 Fayetteville St. to expand the Sunday school program. Pastor Fozard officially introduced the church to the “Word of Faith Network and brought the first satellite service to Durham, North Carolina. In 1984, after much prayer, Mount Zion Baptist Church became Mount Zion Christian Church. Moreover, because of the growing membership, physical space at the church became gravely inadequate. Being led by the Holy Spirit, Pastor Fozard decided that the new building at 3519 Fayetteville St. would be built by faith. On Sunday, September 10, 1989, Pastor Fozard led the Mount Zion Christian Church congregation as they marched to the new 43,000 square foot edifice mortgage free.
In 1986, God revealed to Pastor Fozard the staggering influence of secular humanism upon students in the public-school system. That divine revelation kindled Pastor Fozard’s passion to ensure that Christian parents could have a place to send their children to be educated without the negative teachings of secular humanism. Thus, he was to start Mount Zion Christian Academy. Through Pastor Fozard’s superintending, Mount Zion Christian Academy is accredited by the International Christian Accrediting Association (ICAA) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) and is also registered with the North Carolina State Department of Non-Public Instruction and offers an academic curriculum and spiritual training for students in grades K-5 through grade 12. Mount Zion Christian Academy has also produced many top athletes, a plethora of collegiate and six NBA players (“Hall of Famer” Tracy McGrady, Marquis Daniels, Cory Hightower, NCAA & NBA Champion Brandon Rush, Jarrett Jack, and Amare Stoudemire). In 1982, Pastor Donald Q Fozard and Elder Nora L. Fozard conceived the vision for Hosanna Bible College (HBC). Pastor Fozard, the senior pastor of Mount Zion Christian Church, Incorporated and his wife operated as co-founders and presidents of HBC respectively. Initially, the objective of HBC was to prepare preachers and teachers for the gospel ministry. However, the vision has expanded to include curriculum and training that would prepare laypersons, clergy and professionals who have a God consciousness. The vision came into fruition in August 1992. In 2011, he became the owner of World of Excellence Beauty College, Inc., which was formed for educational and instructional purposes, teaching young men and women the art of cosmetology.
Apostle Fozard is a visionary. The vision, given to Apostle Fozard from God, for Mount Zion Christian Church has grown supernaturally. Presently Mount Zion Christian Church has four locations, Mount Zion Christian Church of Durham, NC, Mount Zion Christian Church of Henderson, NC, Mount Zion Christian Church of Rocky Mount, NC, and Capital City Christian Church of Raleigh NC.
Apostle Fozard is recognized for his contributions to the Durham community. In 1996 and 1999, Apostle Fozard received the Community Hero Award from North Carolina Central University. Mount Zion is one of the top referrals of various community and state agencies, for giving assistance in the community. The ministry assists with the general welfare of those in the community that need assistance paying rent and utility bills (water, heating, electric and gas).
Apostle Fozard operates in the five-fold ministry and has the anointing of Apostle, Pastor, Evangelist, and Teacher. He is a visionary and seer in the Spirit. He has humbled himself under the mighty hand of God, and God has exalted him!Apostle Fozard’s purpose in life is to win souls, win souls, and win souls.
He is faithful to the great commission: “…go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Apostle Fozard is sold out to the work of the ministry. Because of Pastor Fozard’s love for people, Mount Zion has become a service church, ministering to the needs of humanity.
Currently, Apostle Fozard is the author of two life changing books, Staying Free and Sexual Sins, the Devil’s Hit Men. He maintains a standard to keep and a God to glorify.