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About Us

Our History

Our rich history began 90 years ago in a meeting at the home of Rev. E.Z. Hall and Sister Emma Hall. In 1925, the first church was built on a lot donated by Rev. Hall and his wife. It was built on a solid foundation of Christian believers that withstood all trials and tribulations during its time.

From 1920 to 1960, Zion Hill was under the leadership of several men of God, respectively, Rev. O. Simon, Rev. S. S. Simmons, Rev. Don Smith, Rev. J. Todd, Rev. Elvin Wells and Rev. Samuel T. Johnson, who rebuilt the church all while serving the church for no salary. Rev. George Smith continued to stand on the Word of God, as he faithfully served as pastor from 1960 to 1962.

In 1963, Rev. Dr. Richard Bennett became pastor. Under his pastoral leadership, the church members became tithers and the Baptist Street location was constructed. It was a church used for God’s Glory; revivals were held, membership increased and the Matrons’ Ministry was formed. Rev. Bennett served until his death in 1980.

Rev. Edmond D. Pointer became pastor in 1980. He was Zion Hill’s first full time pastor. Under Rev. Pointer’s leadership, community outreach ministries began, where we partnered with the Shepherd’s Center, offered a summer tutoring program and a feeding program for the needy. To serve alongside of her husband, Mrs. Pointer started the first church newsletter, the ZIONITE, and served as the editor.

Then in 1996, a young African man, his wife, four small children and a child soon on the way, moved to Central Louisiana and became our current pastor. During his 18 years of leadership, Dr. Joshua Joy Dara has taken the membership from75 to well over 3500 with his charismatic and unique style of preaching. There are now over 50 ministries in our church that cover every aspect of life. We have two television shows that broadcast weekly on local stations across Louisiana. In 2002, we moved into our multi-million dollar sanctuary where we are housed today. In 2008, our state-of-the-art Family Life Center was opened for service. And the best is yet to come!!! Future plans are in the works to include our own school, a business center to empower our members to become entrepreneurs and a new sanctuary whereby the current location can be used for the youth ministry to expand. We stand firmly on our scripture base, "We know that God can do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think according to the power that worketh in us." Ephesians 3:20

Church Vision

Our Vision

The vision of Zion Hill Church Family is five-fold.


To Worship
To Evangelism
To Discipleship
To Fellowship
To Ministry

The Vision of Pastor Joshua Joy Dara, Sr

The Spirit of Excellence
The Spirit of No throwaways – a place of refuge
The Spirit of Growth
The Music Mecca