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.

Statement of Faith

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and that in its original form is without error. We believe that the Bible is the final and sole authority for all Christian life and practice.
Personhood of God
We believe in the eternal existence and Personhood of God. We believe that God is One in essence, but has revealed Himself in three distinct personalities – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.


God the Son
We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son. We believe in His preexistence, His incarnation, His virgin birth, His physical death, His bodily resurrection from the grave, His ascension into heaven, and His eminent return to receive His church and to one day rule on earth for 1,000 years.
We Are Born Sinners
We believe that all people are born sinners and are therefore separated from God and His holiness.


You Cannot Save Yourself
We believe that people cannot save themselves and make right their relationship with God through good deeds.
Faith in Jesus Christ
We believe that faith in Jesus Christ is the only way by which people can be saved.


Resurrection of the Human Body
We believe in the resurrection of the human body, the eternal existence of all people either in heaven or hell, and in divine judgment and rewards.
Ministry of the Holy Spirit
We believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit who convicts, regenerates, baptizes, indwells, fills, enlightens, seals, and empowers believers for godly living.


We Are the Body
We believe that the church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the Head.
One Body, Many Members
We believe that there is one church and one body of Christ made up of many different people, denominations, cultures, worship and ministry styles. Therefore, we seek unity within the body of Christ on essential doctrinal positions, and liberty on non-essentials.