Mt Zion United Methodist Church

Traditional, Historic, Christian, Methodist; Caring family of loving faith.

Who We Are

Mount Zion is a very traditional Methodist church. We rely on the traditional "Order of Worship" using liturgy, readings, responsive readings, choral anthems, occasional instrumental accompaniments, and soloists.

We offer the kind of Sunday school (9:45 a.m.) and traditional worship service (11:00 a.m.) that you may have been brought up in. There are Christmas parties and Easter Egg hunts for the children, a "Blessing of the Backpacks" for Back-to-School, a "Tailgate at the Parsonage" during football season, quarterly church pot-luck dinners, a men's club that sponsors a barbecue meal fundraiser at the Central Railroad Festival, and women's groups: the Beverly Smith Guild which sponsors the Minister's Cook-Off to help support Safe Harbor and the United Methodist Women who sponsor a Valentines Soup Meal to help support missions.

There is something for everyone at Mount Zion and an opportunity to serve the community through Clemson Community Care, the Mission Wave, and the Young Adults Group.

The biggest strength at Mount Zion is it's caring and loving congregation. Why not give us a try? If you are looking for a place to belong, we welcome you! Our church will accept you just for who you are. You will belong here, you will be welcomed here, and you will be loved here!

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What are services like?

We enjoy a rich history in the Central-Clemson area and a tradition of community service and outreach. The Sunday school classes and the worship services are reminiscent of the Methodist services of one's childhood. Since we are a traditional church, we follow the same Order of Worship that many grew up with. We hope that the services are pleasant, uplifting, and full of God's grace. If you are looking for a place to belong, we welcome you. Our church will accept you just for who you are. There is a feeling of belonging here. You will be welcomed here and you will be loved here.

What is the community like?

The church community is, unfortunately, not racially diverse; however we are working hard to remedy this. We would welcome other races. We are mainly middle class and upper middle class socioeconomically. Our ages range from a few months to in the 90's - slightly more females than males. We are a FRIENDLY church and are known to give a warm greeting to visitors and those wishing to find a church home.

What if I'm not a Christian?

If you are not Methodist or even if you are not a Christian, you should come to our church. The atmosphere of our church is peaceful, loving and friendly. It's a great way to re-charge your batteries at the end of a busy week or before the next busy week starts. Our sanctuary is very relaxing with beautiful stained glass windows that just seem to make all your worries disappear. It is a good thing to come and learn about God and Jesus Christ and what our Bible says about living as Christians.

Our Services

Sunday: 09:45am and 11:00am

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310 Church St
Central, SC 29630

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About Us

Methodist (UMC)


Size: Small

Passionate Reverent, Traditional Hymns, A capella

Traditional Liturgy, Friendly, Multigenerational, Young families, Historic, Casual, Spirit-filled, Neighborhood-focused, Conservative, Inclusive

Community Service, Choir, Nursery, Food Pantry, Children's Ministry, Young Adults, Missions, Disability

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Our Services

Sunday 09:45am: Sunday School
Sunday 11:00am: Worship

Church Leader


Gene Aiken

Gene was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina, where he attended St. John's United Methodist Church. He graduated in 2002 from Clemson University with a degree in Secondary Education and graduated from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in May of 2015. Gene was commissioned at the South Carolina United Methodist Annual Conference in June, 2015. Pastor Gene comes to us with 13 years of ministerial experience. He served for the five years as a full-time local pastor in the Jackson Charge which consisted of Bethel UMC and Wesley Chapel UMC, Orangeburg District. Prior to his full time appointment, he served for eight years as Youth Director at three churches: Clairmont Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Advent UMC in Simpsonville, and St. John's UMC in Aiken. While at St. John's UMC, Gene was also in charge of the Missions Program. Spending time with his family, playing golf, and watching sports are things that Gene enjoys. He enjoys being "close" to Clemson, a place that he loves. He enjoys taking his girls to Clemson football games! You might think that Gene is familiar--that you've seen him before. While attending Clemson University, he was employed at Hubbard Young Pharmacy which is where he fell in love with not only the school, but the community as well. How Gene met his wife Katie is a romantic story blessed by God. They met at Salkehatchie in 2006 and were married in July of 2007. Katie was born in New Orleans, LA and being the daughter of a pastor, she grew up in towns in Texas, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Her father is currently a pastor at New Beginnings UMC in Boiling Springs. She has a degree in Biology from the University of South Carolina, Aiken, and is currently employed by the Pickens County School District. Katie enjoys sewing and horses. Gene and Katie have two little girls. Ann Michele was born in 2010 and Lily in January of 2014. Both girls love anything "princess", "pink", "Disney", and their dog Bowman.