On February 6, 1998, God, in His infinite wisdom looked down from His throne and decided it was time for Rev. Michael J. Fisher – son of Pastor and Mrs. W. Jerome Fisher to step into his destiny as one of God’s anointed ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At eighteen years of age, this young man accepted God’s call to the Gospel Ministry.
Rev. Michael Fisher attended elementary school at Lomita Magnet Elementary School in Lomita California and middle school at Calvary Baptist School in Gardena, California. Rev. Fisher graduated from Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California in June 1997, where he received the Christian Service Merritt Award from the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California. Currently, he is a senior at the California State University, Long Beach, majoring in Psychology and Family Counseling with a minor in Religious Studies.
In 1998, Rev. Fisher was licensed and ordained to the Gospel Ministry. In the year 2000, Rev. Fisher was elevated to the position of Youth Pastor at Little Zion Baptist Church. As Youth Pastor, Rev. Fisher coordinated “Youth J.A.M. 2000” where over, 1,000 young people came together to praise and lift up the name of Jesus, bringing many of them to Christ. Rev. Fisher also worked with the Compton Community College as their Youth Coordinator for their Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
In 2001, Rev. Fisher was elevated from Youth Pastor to Co-Pastor, serving alongside his father, Dr. W. Jerome Fisher Pastor of the Little Zion Baptist Church in Compton, California. Under his tenure as Co-Pastor, Rev. Fisher was instrumental in the addition of Little Zion’s Sunday evening services. He reintroduced the Noon-Day Bible study on Wednesday afternoons and increased the attendance at the evening Bible study on the same day.
On February 13, 2005, the pastoral mantle of the Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church was passed to Rev. Michael J. T. Fisher. In his tenure as Pastor, Rev. Fisher is humble and excited about leading God’s people into the ultimate deliverance. By the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the anointing and calling on this young man’s life many lives have been changed, generational curses have been broken and many families have been restored. God in his infinite wisdom knew that Little Zion was called to do Greater works because in the word of God it says in John 14:12 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
In May 2008 under the guidance of the holy-spirit Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer spoke over this house and confirmed the word of God that Little Zion has been called to do a greater work. It is no longer to be called “Little” but “Greater” and it came to pass on Sunday, January 11, 2009. Bishop Ulmer blessed this house and little Zion is now “Greater Zion Church Family”. God has made himself known so profoundly throughout this ministry. Membership has grown in 2005 from (1500 members) and now in 2009 we are now at (4000 members). Greater Zion has outgrown its original edifice located at 2408 N. Wilmington Ave. Our morning services are now being held at Compton High School Auditorium 601 S. Acacia St where it seats 2500 people.
Under this Pastoralship several ministries and projects were birthed such as the “Hurt and Hungry” which convenes every 3rd Thursday this ministry feeds and distributes clothes to those less fortunate. Another project is the “Peace March” which convenes every year in the month of June to promote peace, non-violence and respect for law enforcement. The attendees include city officials, law enforcement, community leaders and politicians.
We have another ministry “Soul 2 Sole” this ministry focuses on physical, mental and spiritual health. There are weekly boxing classes that help individuals on all workout levels remain active and involved in their personal growth and wellness. We offer monthly HIV and Aids testing to ensure that all know their status and are knowledgeable about their bodies and overall health. We are currently working on bringing healthy cooking classes to our parishioners and also bringing in health professionals to do seminars about specific issues affecting our community.
It is our mission, our drive, our motivation to change the world through service to God by way of building a bridge that stretches from the throne of God to the broken lives of men.
We are also in the process of building a Youth Center which will provide comprehensive youth development through education, employment training, advocacy and a culturally enriching environment to support responsible ways of learning social interaction.
As you can see Greater Zion is committed to going beyond the walls for the cause of Christ reaching the people where they are meeting the spiritual needs, supporting our children, youth and families, fostering economic development and enriching the arts and cultures. Pastor Fisher’s prayer is for the power of God to help us attain the mission that is set before us so many lives might be saved.