Zion Church continues to be a “seeker sensitive” church where anyone would feel comfortable. It is the mission of Zion Church to help people EXPERIENCE God, ENGAGE in community, be EQUIPPED for ministry, and EMPOWERED to serve across various locations and technologies.
Senior Pastor, Keith Battle
In the late 1990s, Keith was greatly motivated and influenced by a couple of books that he read that were written by successful church planters — Rediscovering Church by Bill and Lynne Hybels, and The Purpose-Driven Church by Rick Warren. This is when the first seed for the "sensitive- seeker" model of doing church was planted. With the blessing of both his wife and his former Pastor, Reverend Jonathan Weaver (Greater Mt. Nebo AME Church) this is where the call to plant Zion Church became clear to Keith. As he spent days and days in prayer searching his heart, he knew that in his heart was one true passion and that was to start a new and different kind of church – not “church as usual”.
In October 1999, the first meeting regarding this dream was held over a spaghetti dinner. After many meetings and months of preparation, thought and guidance from God, the first public Bible Study was held for Zion Church on Thursday, February 17, 2000. About 25 people attended this gathering at 9301 Peppercorn Place, Largo, MD at the Socrates Technology Center’s Exhibit Hall. Under Pastor Battle’s leadership, Zion Church has grown to over 5,000 regular attendees. Keith is married to his best friend, Vicki, and they have three children - Asha, Asa, and Kendall.
Pastor Darrell Townsend
Lead Pastor, Fort Washington Campus
Pastor Darrell is married to Kim Townsend and has served as the full-time Pastor of Outreach & Missions for Zion Church for the last eight years. He has lead outreaches throughout the Metro area and recruited, equipped and lead mission teams to Haiti, Kenya and the Dominican Republic on an annual basis. His oversight on mission trips has consisted of building projects, food distribution, setting up medical clinics, children activities, holding leadership conferences and sharing the gospel message. Recently he has become the lead pastor of the Zion Church Fort Washington Campus in Fort Washington, MD. He is committed to helping people meet God, grow closer to Him and Serve Him. He enjoys building teams and making disciples. Darrell holds a B.A. degree in labor studies and attended Tabernacle Baptist Bible College in Virginia Beach, Va.
A Deeper Look at Zion
Whether you're interested in membership or just want to learn more in-depth information about Zion Church, please consider attending the class entitled Under the Hood. To inquire about class dates for Under The Hood look under the events and announcements tab of the website.
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