OUR PASTOR

Currently Rev. Dr. Mozella G. Mitchell our Pastor is installed for a two-year term as the Chair of the Committee on Uniform Series which designs, organizes, and develops the Sunday School Outlines and Home Daily Bible Readings for the Sunday School publishing boards of the numerous denominations of NCCC-USA and other affiliate Christian bodies who use our productions. Rev Dr Mitchell was Professor and Chair (as of 2015 Professor Emeritus) of Religious Studies. She received her B.A. degree in English from LeMoyne College, Memphis, in 1959; an M.A. in English from the University of Michigan in 1963, an M.A. in Religious Studies from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in 1973, and a Ph.D. from Emory University in Literature and Theology in 1980. Her primary areas of research, teaching, and publication are Literature and Theology, African American Religious History, African and Afro-Caribbean Religions, Issues in Caribbean Religions, Comparative Mysticism, Women and Religion, New Testament Theology, Contemporary Religious Thought, Liberation Theologies, African American Religious Thinkers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.; and Religion, Culture, and Social Development.

Dr. Mitchell is the author of Spiritual Dynamics of Howard Thurman’s Theology (1985); editor of Howard Thurman and the Quest for Freedom: Proceedings of the Second Annual Howard Thurman Convocation (Peter Lang Pub. Co., Inc., 1991); New Africa in America: The Blending of African and American Religious and Social Traditions Among Black People in Meridian, Miss., and Surrounding Counties (Peter Lang, 1993); Crucial Issues in Caribbean Religions (in press, Peter Lang, 2006). She has published numerous articles and essays in journals and edited collections. She is the General Editor of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Studies in Religion, Culture, and Social Development series for Peter Lang Publishers (New York and Switzerland).

Dr. Mitchell serves as staff writer for the Young People/Adult Division of the Church School Literature Department of the A.M.E. Zion Church; a member of the Uniform Series Committee of the National Council of Churches—USA (NCC). She also served as a delegate to the Seventh Assembly of the World Council of Churches held in Canberra, Australia, in 1991; as a delegate to the World Methodist Council in Rio de Janeiro in 1996 and in Brighton, England, in 2001. She planned and directed the Second Annual Howard Thurman Convocation held at USF in the fall of 1990, funded by a $20,000 grant. Honors and awards: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; listing in Who’s Who of American Women (1989 – Present); Who’s Who in the South and Southwest (1989-92); 2000 Thousand Notable Women (1989-92); Who’s Who in American Education (1991-92); Who’s Who in America(2000—Present); Martin Luther King, Jr., Unsung Hero Award (1988).  Our Pastor is a world traveler with an inclusive ministry offering the Love off Christ to all.

OUR  MINISTRY CENTER

Love of Christ AME Zion Tabernacle was founded in 1993 by our Pastor Rev Dr Mozella G. Mitchell.  Dr Mitchell had both pastored in Tampa and St Petersburg and been Presiding Elder of the Tampa District, when she was given the assignment by the Bishop at the time Rte. Rev. Richard K. Thompson and a vision given by God to found a Tabernacle/Ministry Centerin the Brandon area, and Love of Christ Tabernacle was established and Incorporated as a 501C-3 non profit organization.  In our endeavor to grow the ministry following the vision given to our pastor we purchased the property at 2601 South Kings Avenue and four years later we also purchased the property next door to the church. The initial purpose for 2603 South Kings Avenue was that of providing a Christian day care but what has since been revealed to be the future ministry home for our Women at the Well Ministry, a single women’s spiritual support ministry to serve and assist women with ministries centered around the needs of women in today's society, including elder women issues, single mother issues including job preparedness, financial assistance, feeding and others.  We are now preparing for our 22nd year in the Brandon area, we have expanded our ministries to include the Angel Tree Ministries which provides gifts at Christmas for children of prisoners, and our SFJTD prayer request ministry. We are continually seeking new opportunities of service but as we know from scripture in Matthew 9: 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  If you are looking for a church where you can learn and grow in the Love of Christ under a Shepherd of the Lord then follow us as we follow Jesus and come home to Love of Christ.  If you want a Christian experience rich in spirit and content founded on the word of God come home to Love of Christ.  At Love of Christ we are small and the love of Christ abounds in us, because we are small we need all members to help to shelter the load of work to up build and edify God's church.  Our Ministry motto, Love of Christ where everyone counts and the love of Christ abounds.

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