Rev. Donald Valentine
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Definition of Success: My definition of success is a commitment to GOD and his purpose for me and my life. Realizing that if I lean toward my own understanding and lose sight of GOD's purpose and plan, then failure is assured.

He has been our Pastor for 30 years. He is a graduate of Trousdale County High School in Hartsville, TN and received his undergraduate degree in Agriculture Economic /Rural Development from Tennessee State University and Religious Education from Emmanuel Bible College in Nashville, Tennessee. Rev. Valentine also received his graduate degree in Theology from Emmanuel Bible College and Pastorial Ministries from Bethel Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also certified as a Professional with expertise in Behavorial Management from the State of Tennessee. His personal achievement that he is most proud is his pastorage here at Oakland Mt Zion Baptist Church that he has been a part of for 28 years. He has had the opportunity to grow spiritually and with the church body together achieve many goals that apply to evangelism, religious education, numerous ministries, and community involvement.