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Church History

Before 1921, there was not a formally organized black Baptist church in the city of Marion, Ohio. A group of black citizens led by Brother Holmes began worship services in his home around 1919. He called this group the Baptist Mission. Their number increased and the services were moved to a building on Hoyle Street. Their first pastor was Reverend M.J. Bomont, and under the his leadership the Mission became the  Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

On the fourth Sunday in February of 1921, a meeting was held which led to the formal organization of the church. Presiding at this meeting was district missionary representative Reverend Dr. S. Beuford. Reverend H.W. Abrams preached the first sermon after this historic event.

Rev. Beuford held revival services for a week following the formal organization. He resigned his position with the district and was called to Pastor the new church. The next pastor of record was the Rev. J.H. Canada of Youngstown, Ohio.

In 1927, Rev. J.C. Kennedy of Cleveland was called as pastor. Rev. Kennedy was a building contractor, and under his leadership, with the help of a deacon from Trinity Baptist Church, plans for a new building were drawn up. This structure is located at 200 Senate Street and was completed in 1929.  Shortly after the completion of the new church, Rev. Kennedy resigned and Rev. J.H.  Canada again was called to serve as pastor.
Mt.Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Address: 475 E Fairground St
Marion, OH 43302
Phone: (740) 387-6970
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Service times:
Sunday School: 9:30am
Sunday Service 10:45am
Wednesday Prayer 6-6:30pm
Wednesday Bible Study: 6:30-7:30pm

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