And I say also unto thee,…Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.


Matthew 16:18

We, truly, have only come this far by faith. When God led Wallace Shelton and 41 other brave souls to leave Union Baptist Church and establish a congregation upon this rock called Zion Baptist Church,  the odds were against the church being in operation for five years. let alone 175.  There were the Black Codes,  slave hunters, fugitive slave laws, the Civil War, the rise of the KKK and Jim Crow in the 1800s. Then came more legal segregation, WWI, the Great Depression, WWII,  urban renewal and relocations, riots and Urban unrest, population and economic flight to the suburbs in the 1900s.  Since the 2000s, we’ve seen the Great Recession, the decline in religious belief in America, the growth of the megachurch, and continuing violence in our neighborhoods.

 BUT GOD…Thanks be to god

 With God’s grace and mercy, we have withstood all these challenges and more.  As the second oldest African-American congregation in Cincinnati, we are both honored and humbled by God’s continued willingness to allow us to serve all these years.


Please join us as we commemorate this milestone with worship and fellowship.  See event details below.  Click the links here to secure a page in the Commemorative Souvenir Journal, to make a financial donation or get Gala tickets, or to contact the office for additional information and details.


Contact the Office Donate/Secure Gala Tickets

Commemorative Souvenir Journal & Cookbook

 Rev. Wallace Shelton, Zion’s founder, & his wife








175th anniversary worship service

Sunday, November 12, 2017          

            10:15 AM

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. spoke at Zion’s 150th Anniversary in 1992.

Who better than this long-time friend of Zion to bring the Word for this historic worship service?  Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. was at Zion when the Progressive National Baptist Convention was formed in 1961.  He was at Zion both times that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke in our pulpit.  He has been our constant friend and fellow worker in the vineyard and we are delighted that he will share his wisdom once again with us.    


Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. Biography

Guest Preacher:  

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., Pastor Emeritus
Olivet Institutional Baptist Church of Cleveland, Ohio

The 175th anniversary gala


Sunday, November 12, 2017, 4PM      

The Savannah Center

5533 Chappell Crossing Blvd  

West Chester Township, Oh 45069

Dinner, Entertainment and Fellowship

Adults: $50.00 per person       

Children (10 years and under) $11.00


Tickets are available Sundays through November 5, 2017 after morning worship or online.  Pay with cash, check, or money order at the church. Credit and debit card payments can be made online; click the link below.


Gala Tickets 



There is a payment plan for the Gala event if you pay at the church.  A representative from the Gala Committee will be in the fellowship hall after service each Sunday to take your payment and give you a receipt.  We ask that your payment plan be at least $10.  You will receive your ticket when you have paid $50.  Please see Monica Washington or contact the church office if you have questions.


Solid Rock Cafe:  Anniversary Celebration Kick-Off

August 25, 2017






Thanks to everyone who attended the Solid Rock Café.  A great time was had by all.  Thanks to all the teams that played in our Bid Whist Tournament. Pastor James H. Cantrell and Deacon Emeritus Robert Pouncey won the tournament. Jeremiah Powell won the children’s Connect Four Tournament.   Thanks to Minister Cheryl Grant and her cooks for the wonderful food, desserts, and snacks.



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