In the year of 1905, Zion Hill was located near the Ouachita River in north Camden. A Sunday School began in the home of Brother and Sister J. H. Childs. Members of St. James Baptist Church, Pastor, Rev. I. Gaston and Deacon Ed Highsmith, Rev. C. B. Burns, Pastor of Mt. Hebron and Deacon Steve Ernis and others helped to organize Zion Hill. Rev. E. Mayweather, the first Pastor of Zion Hill, moved the church from the river site to this present location. This was a great struggle, for the Man of God who was like Noah brought board by board and built a small frame building. He worked very hard with the small membership and with the cooperation of the other churches he finished this building. This small frame building was seated with boxes and boards across them. Bottles filled with Kerosene oil served for lights. It wasn't long before people called it "NEED MORE". Need more room, need more lights, need more members, need more seats. The church began to show signs of progress. As the Holy Spirit moved on the hearts of men and women, people from all directions turned toward Zion Hill. The Church blossomed and grew physically and spiritually under the guidance of great men of God such as Rev. Mose Goodwin, Rev. W. M. Brewster, Rev. Rob Goodwin I, Rev. R. B. Goodwin II, Rev. Green Sanderfur, Rev. Willie Bryant, and Rev. Will Porchia. Rev. W. M. Criner 1914-1937, Rev. J. E. Tidwell 1937-1951. Rev. Samuel Morris 1952-1974, Rev. L. E. Harding 1974-1986, and our present pastor, Bishop Chester L. Thompson Jr. since 1987
Over 113 years ago, a handful of Christian Men and Women organized the Zion Hill Baptist Church to keep alive the Christian heritage that they had received and to set a foundation for succeeding generations. Since that time, this church has been blessed by God in every respect and has developed into one of the greatest churches in these United States of America.
Today, we see ourselves as carriers of a mandate from our forefathers to share with fellow Christians throughout the world the great responsibility of reaching our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the utmost parts of the world with the Good News of the Gospel. We want the world to know that Jesus cares for us all and that real victory is believing in His name. It is our desire to leave footprints in the sands of time so that the accomplishments of this church were not made to glorify man,but to glorify our Heavenly Father. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!
119 Maul Road
Camden, Arkansas 71701
Phone: (870) 836-3244
Wednesday- Friday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.