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John Grant

Pastor, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Dr. John H. Grant is a native of Cross Hill, South Carolina and has served as pastor of the historic Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Asheville, Inc., in downtown Asheville, N.C. since 1989.  From 1997 to 2003, he served as Founding President & CEO of the Mount Zion Community Development, Inc. (“MZCD”), which currently operates four programs: (1) Project Nurturing Asheville and Area Families (“NAF”)—“working to help African American women have healthy babies and reduce the minority infant mortality rate;”  (2) Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (“TPPI”)—“working to reduce the rate of teen pregnancies:” (3) The Elizabeth Grant Hill Campus of Learners: Center for Health, Technology, and Entrepreneurship—“working to bridge the digital divide in our communities;” and (4) Real Estate Development for housing, office, retail—“working to provide economic opportunities and eliminate blight.” Since 1998, MZCD has raised and invested millions of dollars for its community projects, as well as provided part and full-time jobs with benefits. In 1994, Grant also led in organizing the Eagle-Market Streets Development Corporation where he served as Founding President, Chairman, & CEO.  This corporation has already begun construction of Eagle Market Place, a $12 million project which will provide 62 affordable-workforce apartments, over 6,000 SF of community and neighborhood space, and almost 7,000 SF of commercial, retail, and office space. Visit [email protected] for more details on the project.