meet our pastor
Reverend LaTonya N. McIver Penny is a native of Leasburg, North Carolina and is the daughter of Tony and Phyllis McIver. After graduating from Person High School, she continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Rev. Penny earned her Master of Arts degree in Teaching from East Carolina University and in August 2010 she began working on her Master of Divinity Degree at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and graduated in May 2013.
In November 2014, Rev. Penny was voted as pastor elect for New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Roxboro, NC and accepted the position. She began her journey as Senior Pastor on December 14, 2014.
Rev. Penny has served as an Associate Minister at United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Prince Raney Rivers. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and served as the Chaplain for five years for the Roxboro Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Rev. Penny believes that all children are in the “imago Dei”, the image of God, and should be treated with love, honor and respect. She is actively involved in many organizations pertaining to children with disabilities and the fair treatment of children. In March of 2013, Rev. Penny launched her nonprofit Mary’s Grace Incorporated, named after her maternal grandmother, Mary Stanfield, which creates programs and ministries of inclusion for persons with disabilities and their families, in churches and communities. Mary’s Grace is the spiritual go to organization for all persons with disabilities and their families.
Rev. Penny is married to Minister Charles W. Penny II who is actively serving in ministry alongside of her. They are the proud parents of miracle twins, Taylor Brooke and Hunter Preston.