It has been 46 years that this lighthouse has remained a beacon in this community! We are ministering hope to the hurting, healing, and renewal to the brokenhearted, and light to the blind. God placed a call to serve and plant this church on the hearts of our late founders John W. and Violet Jane Groves. Their obedience to the call spoke of their faith and commitment to the work of God.
As immigrants from the Caribbean, they would not be deterred or swayed by the opposition of their time. They trusted and believed God to do the work that He had called them to do. With a handful of saints, they set out to build a house for the glory of God.
For the first few years, the church moved about from place to place. Finally, in 1967, the first building was rented to become a permanent home for MT. Zion. This church was located at 322 West 63rd Street, Chicago, IL. In the early 1970s, the church relocated to the Evanston community. In 1981, a building at 1135 Dodge Ave. was purchased and renovated. It became the new home to many families.
In 1992 Evangelist Groves was called home to be with the Lord.
Pastor Groves continued the work of the Lord and in time the Lord blessed him in marriage to Evangelist Brenda Atkins Groves. Together they ministered to the needs of the saints and served the Lord faithfully. In September 2000, the Lord called Pastor groves home. Today, Sis, Groves remains in this ministry actively involved in various ways to the glory of God.
On December 6, 2000, Pastor Phillip A. Bentley was installed as pastor He along with his wife, First Lady Joan I. Bentley are carrying the torch and seeking to continue the mission and vision of the late founders.
In September 2005, a new facility was purchased at 2101 Dempster Street, Evanston, IL. This facility provides room for great ministries and services to the community. The Lord has blessed and favored Pastor Bentley with a great vision and deep desire to reach the lost and be a blessing to this community