Welcome to

Mount Zion Missionary     Baptist Church, Altoona, PA.

About Us 

Reverend Funteller H. Jackson,  M. Div, 

Associate Minister. 

Reverend Funteller H. Jackson is a native of Detroit, Michigan.  Jackson grew up under the strong Christian faith of her parents, grandparents, and great-grandmother.  She received an undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College, in Massachusetts and received the Master of Divinity Degree from Virginia Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia.


Reverend Jackson worked in Municipal Government for 15 years and in education for several years. She also taught literacy in South Africa.  After retiring from Family Services Altoona, she is currently a substitute teacher for the Hollidaysburg Area School District.  Presently, she is a preaching volunteer for the State Correctional Institution – Smithfield and Huntingdon, PA.


Reverend Jackson has been a part of Mt. Zion Baptist Church (MZBC) since 2000 after relocating from New Jersey.  In her role at the church, she has served as chair of deacon’s, youth minister, and music director. In 2005, Jackson became the first woman licensed to preach, in the 132 year history of MZBC.


Reverend Jackson is a former fellow of the Fund for Theological Education, a recipient of the Distinguished Seminarian Award of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, and a prior participant in the Profile of Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary.  Involved in several civic, community, and religious affiliates Jackson is a lifetime member of the NAACP and 2006 NAACP women of the year recipient.  She is a board member of the Ecumenical Conference of Altoona, Prison Ministry of Blair County, and Mt. Holyoke College Annual Fund.  She is also a certified National Crisis Responder of Keystone Crisis       Intervention Team (KCIT), and certified American Red Cross Psychological First Aid responder (PN19). 


Reverend Jackson has traveled extensively in the United States, she has also traveled to Germany, Italy, Scotland, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Mexico, Bermuda, Canada, Spain and the Caribbean’s teaching, preaching, singing, and visiting. Funteller enjoys traveling, cooking, singing, mentoring, and spreading joy to all people wherever she goes.


Funteller Jackson is married to the love of her life, her friend, her partner, and loving husband Jackie L. Jackson.  She is the proud parent of four children Rev. Dr. Felicia Y. Thomas, Pastor Frank K. Thomas, Rev. Lester E. Thomas, and Arva A. Thomas (deceased).  She is also the proud “Granny” to sixteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.