Lets take a trip and go back in time. The year is 1914. A group of people felt led by God to start holding worship services. However, there was no building to use. But, they did have a canvas tent. On April 1, 1914, the first service was held under the tent across from the local train station. The town, formally known as Splendor, was Zirconia, North Carolina.
Unfailingly, winter came. Times were hard and with the weather too harsh to be outside, services were held in people's homes. No matter how long the months may have seemed, Spring was just around the corner. Finally, on May 24, 1916, prayers were answered. The group of people were getting a building to worship in. The late Dick Anders, J.C. Pace, and Doc Kuykendall were the founders and Rev. J.J. Grey was elected the first pastor. Rev. J.J. Gray was given the honor of naming the church. This began the journey of Zion Hill Baptist Church.
Life wasn't easy back then, but they knew the importance of prayer, faith, and love. Communion and foot washing services became prevalent with all sister churches invited.
Christian fellowship was, and is, vital to the survival of the Church. Zion Hill Baptist Church was started with twenty-six members and has been growing ever since. It is very important that, as a church, we look to the Lord for His guidance. What a blessing it is to know that the desire of the people of Zion Hill Baptist Church is and always has been to proclaim the gospel to all.
"But Jesus beheld them and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26