Church Staff

Dr. Tom Neville, Senior Pastor



Dr. Neville was called to be Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Church in November 2010. Before coming to Mount Zion, Tom served as the Executive Director for Middle East Bible Outreach, a mission organization that works in the Middle East and North Africa. Tom also served as Minister of World Missions at First Baptist Church Atlanta and spent a year as a missionary in Weimar, Germany. He has a Bachelor's degree from Georgia Southern University, a Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.


Tom's wife, Heather, is a nurse but is currently working as a homemaker and raising their two children. They have a daughter, Findlay, and a son, Lane. Tom's interests include spending time with his family, Atlanta Braves baseball, Georgia Southern baseball and football, Georgia Tech football, working in the yard, and reading.

Chris Trammell, Minister to Music



Chris Trammell was raised in Lafayette, Alabama. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications at Auburn University with a minor in Italian, but music has been a huge part of his life even before that. Chris started playing guitar at the age of fourteen and it was at that point that God put a great love in his heart for music. At sixteen, he started singing and leading worship for various youth groups until college, when he traveled across the United States, leading for camps, revivals, and different church events. Upon graduating college, with the call of worship ministry on his heart, Chris continued to travel and lead while working his full-time job at Mobile Fixture and Equipment in outside sales. Chris joined Mount Zion’s team in June 2015. He has a gift for leading worship and managing our Worship Team.


Chris was married to his wife, Brooklyn, in June 2013 and they welcomed their son, Beckett, in September 2015. His interests include Alabama football and spending time on his land in Chambers County.

Shea Ellis, Ministry Assistant


Shea Ellis was born in Columbus, Georgia and grew up in Hamilton, Georgia, which is just north of Columbus. She began her Business Management career in 2008 working at and managing jewelry stores.  She has gone from jewelry to real estate and now to church ministry. Prior to her ministry work at Mount Zion she was at St. Mary’s Road United Methodist Church for just under 4 years.

Shea has been married to Kevin for 10 years and together they have 2 children, Laela who is 9 years old and Makaela who is 6 years old. Between her ministry work at Mount Zion, her father’s business, Kevin's 2 stores, the school PTA, other volunteer work, and children she stays very busy.  She enjoys the traveling, the beach, exercising, friends and family, the outdoors, crafts and reading!

Support Staff

Blanca Garcia, Nursery Aide

Blanca Garcia has been working as a Nursery Aide at Mount Zion since March 2008. She works for us on Sundays and Wednesday nights. During the weekdays, she manages her at-home daycare.

Paul Smith, Custodian

Paul Smith has been the faithful custodian of Mount Zion since June 2005. He has been married to Pearl, our other custodian, for fifty years.

Pearl Smith, Custodian

Pearl Smith has worked at Mount Zion beside her husband, Paul, for the past nine years. She and Paul have 3 children and 13 grandchildren.

Mount Zion Church

1232 Double Churches Road

Columbus, Ga 31904