serving in this vineyard

 the staff and officers of zion

The ministers, officers, and staff of Zion believe God has given us a responsibility for building the kingdom and safeguarding the flock in this house of worship.  We are a church that worships God, studies the Word, and serves people.  Click the links to learn more about the people who serve and what we do–then call on us when you need us and join us in worship and study. 

Ministerial staff

 serving the flock

Rev. James h. Cantrell

Retired Pastor


Reverend James H. Cantrell, a native of Chattanooga, TN., retired in April 2022 after pastoring Zion since September 1997.  We thank Reverend Cantrell for his years of service and wish him and his family God’s blessing as they embark on this new phase of their lives.  

Under his pastorate, Zion increased her fellowship with other churches in the community, joined the Avondale Credit Union, the Amos Project (which works with the Volunteers of America on the Faith Community Partnership Program), and the Avondale Community Outreach Ministry.  Pastor Cantrell initiated a Health and Wellness Ministry to address health and wellness issues among African Americans, including HIV/Aids education; a Dr. Martin Luther King Interfaith Vesper Hour (January 2005);  an Adopt-A-Student Ministry for college students; a prior educational partnership with Burton Elementary School; a Candlelight Communion Service; and an Endowment Fund.  Pastor Cantrell has received numerous awards including the 2014 Pastor of the Year from the Baptist Ministers Conference of Cincinnati and the 2014 Humanitarian Award from the University of Cincinnati. 

A faithful servant of God with a heart for serving the community. 

Rev. Cantrell’s official retirement celebration will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 3pm at the Oasis Conference Center.  Click the button below for details and ticket information.

Rev. Cantrell Retirement Celebration

Associate ministers

A Team You Can Rely On

 Minister  Michael Stallworth


 Minister Cheryl Grant 


Zion’s Ministerial Staff at the 175th Anniversary Gala

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