Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church
Fernando Bernard Mitchell is a native of Hickory, MS. The youngest child of Bernice and the late Oscar Mitchell. He was licensed to preach the gospel at Good Hope MB. Church, Hickory, MS., and began pastoring four months later at the age of 20.
Pastor Mitchell graduated from Newton County High School. He attended Jackson State University where he majored in finance marketing. He received his Bachelor ofTheology, and a Master’s of Theological studies from E.L. White Theological Seminary.
On May 26, 2000 he received his Doctorate of Divinity from E.L. White. He is a member of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, where Dr. Frank Ray, Sr. is the pastor.
He has been the pastor of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in
Mendenhall, MS since June 1, 1999. His pastorate is centered around that Christ is the head of the church. The membership has grown from 189 to the largest congregation in
Simpson County. He received a proclamation from Simpson County in 2003. It was the first proclamation ever given by the county. He received 2002 Pastor of the Year Award from Spring Hill District Association. He served in many denominational positions in the
district, state, and national. He is the past Moderator of the Third Enterprise District Association. He served on the executive committee of the Young Pastors and Ministers Division and staff member of the late night service of the National Baptist Convention,
USA, Inc. He is presently the Chairman of Late Night Service for the National Baptist Convention, USA Inc, Second Vice Moderator of the Spring Hill District Association, member of the Board of Directors of the General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi and a trustee board member of Mississippi Baptist Seminary. He is a member of The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and a 32nd Degree Prince
Hall Free & Accepted Mason. He has been blessed to be chosen by God to be a National Evangelist. He is married to the former Dizzia Mosley and blessed to have 6 children (Fernando II, Semaj, Aretha, Samantha, Titus and Desiree).
He lives by the scripture “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen
me” Phillippians 4:13.