Pastor Alfred E. Blount

Alfred E. Blount was born in Pageland, SC, the third of eight children. He attended Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe, NC and was an active member. He was educated in the public Schools of Union County and Graduated from Forest Hills High School in 1984. He graduated from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He also received his Master of Divinity from Gardner-Webb University in December 2014.

At WCU, he was a member of WCU Inspirational Choir, the Baptist Student Union and the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity. He was Head Resident of his residence hall and worked each summer as a conference assistant with the Housing Office. After graduating, he accepted position with J.C. Penny Co. in Asheville as a merchandise manager. Alfred joined Tried Stone Missionary Baptist Church in 1988. He was a member of the Tried Stone Young Adult Choir and later ordained as a deacon in 1989. He preached his trial sermon and was licensed in 1990 under the pastorate of Rev. B. F. Brewer. Alfred was also instrumental in establishing the youth department. He worked in Asheville until being transferred to Knoxville, TN in 1992 where he was senior merchandise manager at the J.C. Penney store in Oak Ridge, TN.

In 1997 he was ordained to preach the gospel by Elder Joe. B. Maddox and the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN and served as an Associate Minister. On March 14, 1999, Elder Alfred E. Blount was installed as Pastor of Tried Stone Missionary Baptist Church.  Under the leadership of Elder Blount the church has experienced growth in many areas.

Elder Blount has been involved in many community activities and has served on several boards and committees throughout the city. He currently continues to serve as treasurer of Each One Reach One Youth Coalition, Kingdom Group and Mud Creek Retreat Center. He also serves as a Community Volunteer with Buncombe County Correctional Center as part of Tried Stones prison Ministry.

Pastor Blount and Regina McDaniel Blount will celebrate 30 years of marriage in October of 2018. They have three children, Victoria, Stephen and DeOnna.