Mount Zion Family Life Center ground breaking
T&D Correspondent Randy Thomas

BOWMAN — Ground-breaking ceremonies for Mount Zion Baptist Church’s new $1.2 million Family Life Center were held Sunday, May 27.

The 7,400-square-foot center is scheduled to be completed in November 2012. Betty Spells Price is the general contractor for the project.

Under the leadership of the Rev. Arthur W. Goforth III, who became pastor of Mount Zion Baptist in 1998, a $100,000 renovation of the church’s sanctuary has already been completed.

Church Trustee Andrew Johnson said the purpose of the church’s latest project, the Family Life Center, is “to help win more souls for Christ.”

Deacon Andrew Fogle said the new facility “has been a long time coming.”

“We just want to thank everyone that helped (turn) the dream into a reality,” Fogle said.

The Family Life Center will serve as an educational building for Sunday school classes, workshops and community activities, he said.

“I think it’s a good thing for the community, not only for Mount Zion but the whole Bowman community,” Trustee Daniel Felder said.

Bowman Mayor Marion Glenn, who was among the guests attending the ground-breaking, called the new facility “a great addition,” saying it will “enhance and enrich the community.”

Also attending were Orangeburg County Councilman Johnny Ravenell and Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five Trustees Mary Ulmer and Vernon Stephens.

“There is a great need for ministry in the community. The vision was not mine, but a vision of the Lord, to have this community Family Life Center,” Goforth said, noting it will further the church’s mission to “exalt God through worship, equip believers through discipleship, encourage all people through ministry, express love through fellowship and extend God’s Kingdom through evangelism.”

Other milestones at Mount Zion Baptist during Goforth’s tenure include the additions of a computer lab, an audio-visual system, a water purification system, porches and a handicapped ramp; purchases of new office equipment and a church van; and implementation of a central accounting system.

Mount Zion Baptist Church is affiliated with the Orangeburg-Calhoun Missionary Baptist Association. The church’s radio broadcast ministry can be heard at 1:30 p.m. Sundays on WFMV 94.5 FM.

For more information about Mount Zion Baptist, visit or the church’s Facebook page, The Mount—Bowman, SC.

Contact the writer: or 803-664-7042.



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