Our Pastor

A religious leader of note, Dr. Avery is a frequently sought-out minister, revivalist, and instructor.

Reverend Dr. Nilous M. Avery, II, Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.)

  • Native of Asheville, North Carolina

  • Oldest of four children born to the late Reverend Dr. Nilous M. Avery & the late Mrs. Christine Watson Avery

  • Married to the former Nicole Denise Hill, December 17, 2016

  • Brings to this union, Joshua Avery and Raven Hill


  • Education:

    • Graduate of Asheville High School, Asheville, NC, 1976

    • Bachelor of Arts Degree [B.A.], Shaw University, Raleigh, NC,1980

    • Master of Divinity Degree [M.Div.], Shaw Divinity School, Raleigh, NC, 2000

    • Doctor of Ministry Degree [D. Min.], Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, NC, 2005


  • Former Educator, Asheville City Schools (Aug. 1981- Mar. 1992)

  • Asheville City Schools’ “Teacher-of-the-Year” (1988 – 1989)

  • President of the N.C. Association of Educators, Asheville Unit (1991-1992)

  • Former Assistant Principal, Asheville Middle School (Mar. 1992 – Sept. 1992)


  • Former Associate Minister & Musician of the Hill Street Baptist Church, Asheville, NC where his father, the late Dr. N.M. Avery, served as Pastor from 1951-2002 (over 51 years)

  • Pastor of the historic Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Salisbury, Inc. since October 1992 (2nd oldest African-American Baptist Church in Salisbury, NC)

  • Served as 32nd President (2014-2018): The General Baptist State Convention of N.C., Inc. (GBSC), which includes over 500,000 Missionary Baptists, 1,400 churches, and 60 associations throughout the state of N.C.; one of the largest and oldest African-American organizations in the Southeastern United States

  • Chair of the Executive Committee, GBSC (2014-2018)

  • Shaw University Board of Trustees (2014-2018)

  • Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Missions Convention Executive Committee (2014-2018)

  • National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Board (2014-2018)

  • GBSC Vice President-at-large and Chair of the General Board, 2010-2014

  • GBSC First Vice-President, 2006-2010

  • GBSC Second Vice-President, 2002-2006

  • GBSC Fourth Vice-President, 2000-2002

  • GBSC General Board and Executive Committee, 1994-present

  • GBSC Evangelism and Program Committees, 1994-2000

Current Boards

  • Chair of the Shaw University Board of Visitors, Raleigh, NC (2017- present)

  • Hood Theological Seminary Board of Trustees, Salisbury, NC (2017- present)

  • Salisbury-Rowan Community Development Corporation (2005- present)

  • Co-Founder (2007) and current Member of the Executive Board, Salisbury-Rowan County Interdenominational Minister’s Fellowship (IMF)

  • Salisbury Police Dept. Chief’s Advisory Board, (2020-present)

  • Project SAFE Rowan

Has served and continues to serve on numerous commissions,

community foundations, and boards including:

  • Served eight years (2001-2009) on the Board of Directors, Rowan County Department of Social Services (Vice-Chair, 2007 & Chair, 2008 - 2009)

  • Rowan Missionary Baptist Association, Former Ordaining Council Chair

  • Former Member, The United Negro College Fund Leadership Committee of Livingstone College, Salisbury

  • Former Board of Directors, Salisbury-Rowan County Habitat for Humanity

  • Former Board of Directors, Salisbury-Rowan County Communities in Schools

  • Former Board of Directors, Rowan County Helping Ministries

  • Former Board of Directors, Rowan County Arts Council

  • Former Board of Directors, Novant Rowan Regional Medical Center

  • Former Board of Directors, American Red Cross of Rowan County

  • Former Executive Board & Community Intervention Team, Project SAFE

Neighborhoods, Salisbury- Rowan County

  • Former Member, Project Hope, Faith-based Re-entry Resource Ministry for ex-felons


Life’s Motto:

A Servant of God … A Servant to God … A Servant for God

with A Passion for God & Compassion for People!