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New Zion Missionary Baptist Church

The New Zion Missionary Baptist Church is a historic church where lives are being transformed to live BIG (Believe In God). We seek to minister to the whole-person (mind, body, and spirit). We strive to be a ministry where our total and complete focus will be on God our Father, Jesus Christ our Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit our Guide. We seek to exhort the Savior, edify the saints, and evangelize the sinner.

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New Zion Missionary Baptist Church

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How happy the devout Christians were saying “What shall we name this place of worship?” Sister Dinah Brown said, “call her New Zion and she will never grow old.” Many souls were added to the church during the pastorate of Reverend Cook, founder, and builder. After ten years of service as a pastor, God called Father Cook from labor to reward on October 1, 1880. Six pastors served from 1870 to 1902.

On January 6, 1904, Rev. P.A. Callaham, BD (Bachelor of Divinity) of South Carolina was called. Unfortunately, the original church building was destroyed by fire on February 11, 1907. The task of rebuilding the walls of the church became a challenge. Rev. Callaham immediately formed a Building Committee composed of himself, Deacons William Flowers, Harper Cook, John Horn, and others. By a vote of the conference, a brick church was ordered and erected. The task of building a new church became a challenge under the skillful guidance of Mr. William “Billy” Rivers, a local well-known black contractor.


The present beautiful brick structure, built on the same site as the original church, was erected by November 1907. In the erection of the new church, Rev. Callaham can be easily styled as the Master Builder with oneness and unity among his followers. The cornerstone was laid in 1907. The members continued to work under various pastors. Within six years (in 1912), under the leadership of Rev. J.N. Stokes, the mortgage on the church, pews, etc., was burned with one of the 69 parishioners, Sister Margaret Popena, holding the mortgage as it burned.

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New Zion Missionary Baptist Church


South 10th Street

P. O. Box 15697

Fernandina Beach, Florida 32035


(904) 261-0010

Opening Hours


11:00 am – 3:00 pm


9:00 am – 3.:00 pm

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