Pastor and Staff
Pastor OTIS I. MITCHELL
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc./ABSCOTS Lieutenant Colonel (RET) – United States Army
Reverend Otis I. Mitchell is a native of Smith’s Station Alabama, near Tuskegee, Alabama and Columbus, Georgia. He is a graduate of Alabama State University, with a B A Degree in Political Science. Also, he is a graduate of the Interdenominational Theological Center, and The Morehouse School of Religion, with a Master of Divinity Degree. He has an honorary Doctor of Ministry Degree from The San Antonio Theological Seminary. Reverend Dr. Mitchell served in the U. S. Army and had assignments at Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Giessen, West Germany; Fort Monmouth, NJ; Fort Ord, CA; Fort Huachuca, AZ; and overseas assignments to (2nd I D) Camp Howze, Korea and the 1st Signal Brigade, Yongsan, Korea. He was also the Deputy Installation Chaplain and pastor of the Main Post Chapel, Ft. Sam Houston, TX. He was in Panama for operation “Just Cause” and was liaison Chaplain for Fort Ord, CA with the National Guard and Army Reserve during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Reverend Mitchell has been recreating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermons and speaking about Dr. King’s life and influence since 1975. He has done this before many thousands on military installations, in civilian communities, Europe, Asia, and South America. He has even presented his recreation before the King family in Atlanta, GA.
His final assignment in the military was at Ft. Jackson, SC. Rev. Mitchell is senior pastor of Mt. Zion First Baptist Church of San Antonio, Texas since August 2006. It is one of San Antonio’s oldest African-American Churches, and leads community and civic issues which enhance the moral fiber of San Antonio. Mt. Zion has a vibrant Prison/Jail Ministry and a weekly Food Bank Ministry held at the church. Reverend Mitchell mentored Wheatley Heights Elementary School and started an on-going mission to Haiti, which ministers to a Christian school, orphanage, and mission.
Reverend Mitchell retired from the U S Army in 2006 after more than 25 years of chaplain ministry. He was the 2010 and 2011 Chairman of the Martin Luther King Commission of San Antonio, which sponsors the largest MLK, Jr. March in the nation (170,000+ marchers). He is married to the former Venita Dean of Columbus, GA. They have three adult children, Patrick, Ashley, and Deante’. He is a member of the Baptist Ministers Union, the Community of Churches for Social Action, the N.A.A.C.P., and a founder and past president of the Ft. Huachuca Rocks, Inc. (a military officer organization). Rev. Mitchell’s personal motto is “Make a Difference!”