Reverend Larry Roundtree II
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” II Corinthians 4:7
Reverend Larry Roundtree II was born the second of three children to Deacon Larry and Cora Roundtree on September 24, 1978. Raised in a home with Christian values and strong ethics, he spent all of his younger years at the Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Institutional Church, Lakeland, FL, under the leadership of Dr. N.S. Sanders.
During his formative years, he was marked as a preacher – even before he publicly acknowledged his calling. He served in various leadership capacities on local, district and state levels. On July 29, 2001, Reverend Roundtree preached his first “official” sermon, entitled, “Loose Him and Let Him Go,” taken from the account of Lazarus in the eleventh chapter of John. Reverend Roundtree was later licensed in February of 2002 and officially appointed as Youth Pastor. He was ordained in October of 2006, assuming greater responsibilities and assisting the pastor in various capacities.
While matriculating at the Florida A&M University in the School of Business and Industry, Reverend Roundtree was mesmerized by a beautiful young lady who happened to catch his eye. After two years of courting, Reverend Roundtree made the former Sameya Porter his bride, much to his delight. God has blessed this union with five children: Marra, 19; Tyree, 16; Aria, 12; Larry III (Bishop Jr.), 10; and Aryah, 6.
Reverend Roundtree previously served as Pastor of the New Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Loughman, FL, from 2009 through 2012. His heartfelt desire is, “To serve this present age, his calling to fulfill.” To that end, in January of 2013, Reverend Roundtree was called to assume the Senior Pastorate here at The New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Tampa, FL, Inc.
Our belief is that God has clearly spoken to us that he is to lead us in the coming years, and we are excited about our future as we begin a new chapter in our church’s history. We joyfully welcome Pastor Roundtree and his family to the fellowship of saints at New Mount Zion and look forward to many years of his energetic, socially relevant, Bible centered ministry with us under God’s blessing.
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