First female pastor in the history of Mt. Zion CME Church

On July 14, at the annual statewide conference of Christian Methodist Episcopal churches, Mt. Zion CME Church was assigned a new pastor. For a denomination with itinerant preachers, this was a common occurrence. This particular selection, however, was a little more uncommon.

For the first time in its 148-year history, Mt. Zion is now led by a woman pastor. Gwendolyn Lewis Pabon, of the greater Ruston area, was assigned to her second stint in the Minden district, after having once served in the Haynesville community.

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