Zion Church continues to be a “seeker-sensitive” church where anyone would feel comfortable. It is the mission of Zion Church to help people Meet God, Grow Closer to Him, and Serve Him.
Senior Pastor, Keith Battle
When Keith Battle first began preaching in the late 1980s, those who knew him would often hear him say he would never want to be a Pastor. What an awesome responsibility! This mindset came from a combination of him loving what he did as an Itinerant Preacher and from the difficulty that many Pastors seemed to go through and experience in starting and maintaining a church. Yet, apparently the saying is true, “never say never”.
In the late 1990s, Keith was greatly motivated and influenced by a couple of books that he read that were written by successful church planters — Rediscovering Church by Bill and Lynne Hybels, and The Purpose-Driven Church by Rick Warren. This is when the first seed for the "sensitive-seeker" model of doing church was planted. With the blessing of both his wife and his former Pastor, Reverend Jonathan Weaver (Greater Mt. Nebo AME Church) this is where the call to plant Zion Church became clear to Keith. As he spent days and days in prayer searching his heart, he knew that in his heart was one true passion and that was to start a new and different kind of church – not “church as usual”.
In October 1999, the first meeting regarding this dream was held over a spaghetti dinner. After many meetings and months of preparation, thought and guidance from God, the first public Bible Study was held for Zion Church on Thursday, February 17, 2000. About 25 people attended this gathering at 9301 Peppercorn Place, Largo, MD at the Socrates Technology Center’s Exhibit Hall. Under Pastor Battle’s leadership, Zion Church has grown to over 5,000 regular attendees.
Keith is married to his best friend, Vicki, and they have three children - Asha, Asa, and Kendall.
Executive Pastor, James Marshall
Lead Pastor, Landover Campus
Pastor James A. Marshall, Jr. is a native Washingtonian. He made the most important decision of his life in 1987 by accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the First Baptist Church of Highland Park, in Landover, Maryland. Pastor James attended Bowie State University for his Undergraduate studies and both Capital Bible Seminary and Liberty University for his Graduate education. After a successful career in Television Production and Broadcast education, he left this career field to follow his passion for ministry. He was hired full-time by Zion Church in 2006 as the church’s Children’s Pastor. In time, it became evident that his calling wasn’t just to lead Children’s Ministry. In 2011, the Senior Pastor, Keith Battle, promoted Pastor James as the Lead Pastor of the Landover Campus. It was later discovered that this role was an under utilization of Pastor James’ gifting and in 2014, in addition to being the Lead Pastor of the Landover Campus, he was promoted as the Executive Pastor of the entire church. Pastor James now oversees all staff, ministry, and administrative operations of Zion Church. Ultimately, Pastor James receives the opportunity to shepherd, equip, and empower the church’s over 5,000 members and regular attendees over four campuses. In addition, Pastor James is also the host of the Church’s radio broadcast called, “Weekly Wisdom with Pastor Keith Battle”. The broadcast currently airs every Sunday morning on WPGC 95.5, which is a secular CBS Radio station in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. Pastor James currently lives in, Maryland with his wife, Amber, and his two daughters: Morgan and Jael.
Assistant Lead Pastor Larry Paige
Pastor Larry Paige was born and raised in the Washington metropolitan area. He currently resides in Lanham Maryland. He is married to Sherry Paige and has two children: Amanya and Asa Paige. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University and his Masters of Divinity in Pastoral leadership from Liberty University. He serves as the assistant lead pastor at Zion Church in Landover Md. He has a passion for helping people live like Christ and reach their God given potential.
A Deeper Look at Zion
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