Leadership & Staff

Rev. Willie Dwayne Francois III

Senior Pastor

Mount Zion Baptist Church Rev. Willie Dwayne Francois III

    Willie Dwayne Francois III serves as Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Pleasantville, New Jersey and President of the Black Church Center for Justice and Equality. Francois’ pastoral activism takes shape around racial equity, economic justice, and criminal justice reform. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Religion, holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry at Emory University. He serves as a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of the New Jersey State Department and Board of Directors of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference. Francois co-authored the book Christian Minister’s Manual: For the Pulpit and the Public Square for All Denominations. He also has bylines in HuffPost, The Hill, Religion Dispatches, Sojourners and Christian Century concerning a range of matters pivoting around race, class and religion in America.