The Reverend Curtis O. Donald, Sr.


Curtis Donald is the oldest of four children and was born in Memphis, Tennessee. However, because his mother was in the military, he spent the majority of his childhood living in San Francisco, California where he was baptized by the Reverend Henry Holmes at New Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.

In 1979, under the pastorate of Rev. Holmes, Pastor Donald accepted the Lord’s call to the Gospel ministry and received his license to preach after his initial sermon and was ordained in 1983 at the age of 17.

In 1991, after receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Simpson College, he was called to pastor the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Batesville, Mississippi and served there for nearly six years before serving as pastor of Reid’s Gift Missionary Baptist Church in Pott’s Camp, Mississippi for almost eight years.

In 2003 Rev. Donald followed Dr. James Moore who had led the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Beaufort, North Carolina for 25 years. For 11 years, Rev. Donald has served Mt. Zion faithfully and under his stewardship, Mt. Zion has enjoyed substantial growth, specifically in missions, Christian education, and expanding the roles of youth and young adults in church leadership. Some highlights of his 35 years in ministry include: 

  • Vice President of New Education State Baptist Convention of Mississippi.
  • Special Assistant to the Director of Moderator’s Division, National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.
  • Moderator of Holly Springs Marshall County Baptist Association of Mississippi.
  • President of the Eastern District Union.
  • Current member of the Executive Board of the Old Eastern Missionary Baptist Association.
  • Current Secretary/Treasurer of Old Eastern Missionary Baptist Association.
  • Current President of Tri City Ministerial Alliance of Carteret County.
  • Leader of East Carteret High School team bible studies for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Most notably, the effectiveness of Pastor Donald’s leadership is demonstrated in the large number of youth, young adult and senior members who attend his evening and noon bible studies weekly. Pastor Donald is an avid family man and enjoys a passionate and enriching life with his wife, Renee, and their three children, CJ, Madison and Maceo.