First Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. E. Shon Hagwood was born on May 20, 1975 in Eden, North Carolina to the former Patricia Ann Broadnax and Elbert Lee Hagwood. Rev. Hagwood accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in May 1982 and was baptized at the Sunny Home Baptist Church in Eden, North Carolina. Under the tooling of his church body, Rev. Hagwood began to receive the necessary training and teaching of the Bible while exploring the various spiritual gifts that God has blessed him with. He was an active member of the Youth & Young Adult Choir and Male Chorus while serving at his home church. At the age of 16, God anointed Rev. Hagwood with the gift of speaking and orator ship. This gift was evidenced in oratorical competitions for the General Baptist State Convention of NC (Cedar Grove Baptist Association) in 1991. After graduating from J.M. Morehead High School in 1993, Rev. Hagwood attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. While at Morehouse, Rev. Hagwood was an active student leader, a Residential Assistant, and coached/refereed several intramural sports activities. In May 1997, Rev. Hagwood graduated cum laude from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a concentration in Mathematics. After his undergraduate work, Rev. Hagwood returned to North Carolina and has worked for several corporate entities in Raleigh and Charlotte in the areas of finance and data analytics. In the spring of 2003, Rev. Hagwood finally submitted to God’s call to ministry and preached his licensing sermon “When Love Calls You Home” on April 7, 2004 at the Mount Carmel Baptist Church where the Rev. Dr. Casey R. Kimbrough is pastor. In May 2009, Rev. Hagwood received the Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and was ordained on October 4th, 2009 by the Mount Carmel Baptist Church by way of the then Mecklenburg General Baptist Association (now the United Missionary Baptist Association) in Charlotte, NC.
Rev. Hagwood served as an Associate Minister at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC from 2004 to 2015. While at Mount Carmel Baptist he served as a co-coach for the ministry/service team where he had spiritual and administrative oversite of 15 of the 53+ ministries of the church. He also had leadership roles within Sunday School as a teacher/facilitator. Rev. Hagwood also served as the Interim Pastor of Piney Grove East Missionary Baptist Church in Wingate, NC for two months in 2012 while they searched for a pastor. Currently, Rev. Hagwood serves as Pastor of First Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC after serving as supply preacher and Interim Pastor from February 2015 to March 2016. Also, Rev. Hagwood is currently pursuing the Doctor of Ministry degree in Contextual Leadership at Palmer Theological Seminary at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA concentrating a focus in Prophetic Preaching & Teaching. Rev. Hagwood has been married to the former Taryn Michelle Wadelington since June 24, 2000 and they have three children, fraternal twin boys Kalon LeShon & Kenon Robert Hagwood and Ethan Khalil Hagwood. Rev. Hagwood is truly a man sent by God to make proclamation of his Word and to live it wherever the Holy Spirit may send him. One of his key passages in life is, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord Almighty.” (Zechariah 4:6)