Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church
Dr. Samuel W.
McCree, Jr., Founding Pastor
Beginnings . . .
It was on April
18, 1982 that Almighty God ordained the birth of
the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church at the
home of Deacon and Sister Ralph Jones of 15
Ellicot St. in Rochester New York. The meeting
began at approximately 8:30 p.m. with the
following members present as founders:
Reverend Samuel McCree Jr., Sister Bernerdene Jones, Reverend
Charlie Caldwell, Sister
Barbara Broadhurst, Reverend Mary Britt, Deacon Robert Calhoun, Deacon Ralph
Jones, Sister Maelo
Washby. Also present were Brothers Wesley
Harris and Donald Evans.
The meeting was opened with a song led
by Sister Maelo Washby and Scripture by Sister
Barbara Broadhurst. Prayers were offered by
Sister Jones and Deacon Calhoun put forth a
motion that Sister Broadhurst serve as acting
secretary. It was then moved and seconded by
Deacon Calhoun and Sister Washby respectively,
that Reverend Samuel McCree be elected moderator
until a Pastor could be called.
The Church was
opened at 250 Bronson Avenue. Reverend McCree and
Sister Jones found the building and Reverend
Caldwell made contact with the landlord to secure
the Church. Reverend McCree then placed a
security deposit on the church building by using
his mortgage money which was $300.00. At the
Ellicott Street meeting, $385.35 was raised and
offered to Reverend McCree to replace his
mortgage money. Reverend McCree then donated
$183.35 back to the church to help get it
It was then
unanimously decided that the name of the church
would be the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church.
The name was suggested by Reverend Caldwell and
Reverend McCree. Our first worship service was
scheduled for May 2, 1982. But it was decided by
the saints that they could not wait that long.
Instead, the first worship service was held the
very next Sunday, April 25, 1982. Twenty-six (26)
people joined the church during very first
morning worship service at the new service.
At the opening
service, the Church did not have enough chairs to
seat everyone, so each person brought his/her own
chair until the Lord later blessed us to purchase
enough chairs to seat 100 people.
From this humble
beginning, the Lord has blessed us to receive
into his vineyard approximately 4,000 members.
The church, through the Missionary Society, has
fed and clothed many less fortunate families.
We have embraced
the motto: " Small Enough to Serve You and
Large Enough to Love You, " It is our hope
that we can serve the Lord through faith by
seeking first the Kingdom and His righteouness
with blessed assurance that all other things of
life will be added unto us.