Celebrating 25 years of inspired leadership: Month-long celebration honoring Rev. Louis Murphy, Sr.

Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church invites the community to celebrate Rev. Louis Murphy’s 25th pastor anniversary. 

ST. PETERSBURG — Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church is proud to announce a month-long celebration honoring the remarkable 25-year tenure of our esteemed senior pastor, Rev. Louis Murphy, Sr. From May 1-31, we invite our congregation and the broader community to join us in commemorating this significant milestone through a series of inspiring events and activities.

Under the theme “Answering the Call: Celebrating 25 Years with Rev. Louis Murphy, Sr.,” the month-long celebration will feature diverse events designed to honor the unwavering dedication and exemplary leadership of Rev. and Mrs. Murphy and their family.


The highlights of the celebration include:

  1. Sunday Services with Guest Preachers: Throughout the month of May, we will be blessed with the presence of esteemed guest preachers: Joel Gregory, Jeffrey Johnson, Sr., Bishop Julia M. McMillan, and Robert Smith, Jr., who will deliver powerful sermons to inspire and uplift our congregation.
  2. Night of Appreciation: On May 22nd, we will host a special Night of Appreciation to honor Rev. Murphy and his family. This memorable evening will include heartfelt presentations from various ministries, captivating performances, and light-hearted entertainment from renowned comedian Sure Fire.
  3. Gala Event: The celebration will culminate with a grand Gala Event on May 25th. Guests will enjoy an elegant dinner, captivating entertainment featuring Nathan Mitchell, Grammy-nominated jazz artist, and special recognition of Rev. Murphy and family for their exceptional service and dedication.

“We are thrilled to celebrate Rev. Murphy’s 25 years of service to our church and community,” said Angela Rouson, executive director of Marketing and Communications at Mt Zion Progressive. “His leadership, compassion, and unwavering commitment have touched the lives of countless individuals over the years, and we are honored to have him as our shepherd.”

Join us as we come together to celebrate Rev. Murphy’s remarkable journey and his profound impact on our congregation and community. Together, let us honor his legacy and continue to answer the call to serve with faith, love, and compassion.

Mt Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church is the largest African-American church located in St Petersburg. Founded in 1928, our church is dedicated to serving our community’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs through worship, fellowship and outreach initiatives.

For more information about the month-long celebration and how to get involved, please contact Angela Holmes-Rouson at 727-641-5911 or arouson@mzprogressive.org.

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