Zion Cathedral Church of God in Christ, Inc.

COGIC, Pentecostal, Freeport, New York, Love, Family, Children, Ministry Freeport, NY
Zion Cathedral Church of God in Christ, Inc.
Zion Cathedral Church of God in Christ, Inc.
Zion Cathedral Church of God in Christ, Inc.
Zion Cathedral Church of God in Christ, Inc.
Zion Cathedral Church of God in Christ, Inc.
Zion Cathedral Church of God in Christ, Inc.
Zion Cathedral Church of God in Christ, Inc.
Zion Cathedral Church of God in Christ, Inc.
Zion Cathedral Church of God in Christ, Inc.
Zion Cathedral Church of God in Christ, Inc.

Who We Are

The House that Prayer Built

For more than 80 years, the Church of God in Christ Little Zion has stood as a landmark house of worship in the Incorporated Village of Freeport, a “Beacon of Hope” and a prominent center of spiritual enrichment for families across Long Island. It has served as a viable force, meeting the spiritual and emotional needs of its population.

The Early Years.

In 1929, a small group of Christians decided that Freeport must have a Holiness church. Amidst the slowly advancing times, slackened all the more by the Great Depression, prayer and supplication led to the establishment of a small mission on Sunrise Highway just across from the Cotton Inn. Among the early founders were: Mother Gordon, Mother Valentine, Elder F. Parker, and Elder Herbert E. Fletcher who would become the church’s first pastor. Mother Valentine was serving as church mother at that time. The succession of pastors as the church’s existence took shape was Elder Fletcher, followed by Elder Walls and Elder Paul Craig.

A New Name in Zion.

After the resignation of Elder Craig in the late 1930s, Elder Lafayette Winbush became the next pastor, serving for 18 years. During his tenure, he made significant contributions.

Elder Winbush gave the church its name, Church of God in Christ Little Zion. The church was incorporated September 25, 1944. Shortly after the church’s incorporation, 19 Helen Avenue was purchased from the Second Baptist Church. This location would become the church’s home for the next 28 years. After the resignation of Elder Winbush, Superintendent S.L. Osburn shepherded the flock for a short time. The young, enthusiastic Elder Carl Cox, who became the next spiritual leader, followed him.

Bishop O.M. Kelly.

From 1956 to 1972, Bishop Otha Miema Kelly, Jurisdictional Prelate of Easter New York, served as Zion’s pastor. Although he did not initially come to stay, he remained at the helm of the church for 16 years.

In 1972, the church moved to 312 Grand Avenue. On Opening Day, November 26, 1972, Bishop Kelly passed the mantle and charged his spiritual son to lead God’s people “onward to victory.” Elder Frank White became Zion’s next pastor.

Elder Frank O. White.

Elder White quickly proved himself to be a young man of vision with only great things in store for those who were privilege to serve under his newly appointed pastorate. This was the first time in the church’s history that there was a young pastor, complimented by the support of an endearing wife (Evangelist Juliet White), raising a family, at the helm of the church.

Elder White’s children, at an early age, began to play an active role in the ministry, most notably, the eldest child and only son Frank Anthone. A “musical genius,” he served as organist at the church, started his own musical group, The Voices of Truth and would host musical events regularly. These activities served as a supplemental magnet to attract young people to the Zion Experience, and as such, Sunday and weekly services continued to increase in size. In only 10 years, the mortgage was paid off with renovations soon following to accommodate the growing Little Zion.

Bishop Frank. O. White.

In 1988, Little Zion’s Pastor, Superintendent Frank O. White, was consecrated Prelate of the newly-formed Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Eastern New York, Church of God in Christ, Inc. Sunday after Sunday, it was evident that God had set his seal of approval on Little Zion under Bishop White’s pastorate by virtue of the overflowing 11a.m. services. He soon created a new 8 a.m. Sunday Worship Service. Upon his return from the 1991 Holy Convocation in Memphis, Tennessee on the Third Sunday in November, he appointed the Elder Frank Anthone White as Little Zion’s Assistant Pastor.

The Best Help.

The Ministry of the Preached Word, the talent and the business management expertise of Elder White attracted hundreds of souls to Zion. He was soon identified as a young man balanced with the ideal blend of charismatic abilities to keep young people running back for more: Joy Nights, Back Home Hours, Music Symposiums, soul-winning crusades and sold-out “live” recordings were the norm.

Always in tune with God’s system of perfection, seven years after being named Assistant Pastor, Elder White was appointed Co-Pastor of Zion.

Time to Build – Again.

On September 8, 2001, the ceremonial ground breaking for Zion’s new Cathedral took place. A little over one year later, on September 16, 2002, it was time to say good-bye to the edifice that Little Zion called home for 30 years.

On the morning of April 23, 2003, tons of steel and other construction materials were delivered to the excavated site at 312 Grand Avenue to begin the construction of the building which would one day be known as “The House that Prayer Built.”

About Us

Vibe
Down to Earth, Spirit-filled, Friendly, Progressive, Conservative, Historic, Neighborhood-focused, Multigenerational, Young, Young families, Lots of kids, Hand-clapping, Lively

Programs
Community Service, Social Justice, Faith and Work, Addiction/Recovery, Children's Ministry, Young Adults, Youth Group, Choir, Missions, Dance

Music
Traditional Hymns, Gospel Choir, Contemporary, Organ

Denomination
Church of God in Christ

Size
Large

Language
English, Spanish

Founded
1929

Contact

Address
312 Grand Avenue
Freeport, NY 11520-2512

Phone
516-623-ZION (9466)

Website

Directions
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Our Services

What are services like?
The Service have been called "The Zion Experience" They flow from Episcopal Opulence to Pentecostal Fire! The Service are up beat, lively, Charged with the Power of God!

What is the community like?
We are in a mixed community. Mainly Hispanic and African American or African Decent. Although the church is predominantly African American, we do have Hispanic and Caucasian members and visitors.

What if I'm not a Christian?
That's fine... Zion is a place for everyone. We are a Full Gospel Ministry. Zion is a Hospital , a Refuge and no one is looked upon differently for not being "Saved" or "None Christian". We do however, preach the Bible and we do encourage all to give Jesus a chance. We are witnesses that He will change your life!

Leadership View all

Bishop Frank O. White, Senior Pastor

Bishop Frank O. White, Senior Pastor

Bishop Frank Otha White holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Hofstra University and a Doctorate of Sacred Theology from the United Christian College. He serves as Member of the Long Island Council of Churches and Chairman of the Long Island Conference of Clergy. Bishop White has faithfully executed his duties as Pastor of the Zion Cathedral Church of God in Christ for 40 years. He serves as Chairman of the Board for the Zion Community Development Corporation (Economic arm of Zion Cathedral) and Chief Executive Officer of The Cedarmore Corporation (Social Services arm of Zion Cathedral). In July 1988, he was consecrated Prelate of the Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Eastern New York. In 1993 he was appointed by the late Presiding Bishop L. H. Ford, to the Office of Interim Financial Secretary and later elected to that office on April 6, 1994, serving for 15 years. The most significant acknowledgment of his devotion to the Church of God in Christ, Inc., was his election to the prestigious General Board on November 11, 2008, one week after the nation’s most historic Presidential Election of Barak Obama, an African American. Bishop White has been the recipient of many Proclamations, Citations and Awards, among which were the prestigious “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award” from the Freeport Human Relations Committee, the Church of God in Christ’s Highest Tribute, the “Bishop Charles Harrison Mason Award,” from The Religious Workers Guild, Inc. and the “Frederick Douglas Award” from the Long Island Council of African Americans. He is also a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Bishop White is married to Dr. Juliet White, his lovely wife of 52 years. He is the proud father of 5 successful children and grandfather of 5 grandchildren with bright futures. Bishop White is a true friend of humanity, an advocate of brotherhood, and a proletariat of the commonwealth of Freeport and abroad. His accomplishments, however great, do not inhibit his cosmopolitan ministry. He is a man with a vision of enhanced magnitude; a vision for the advancement of man and his heightened consciousness of achieving a better united society. He avails himself in all altruism to nameless areas of societal interests as an example to the young, an encouragement to the old, and a mentor for the "up and coming." One who was brought before great men as a child has, himself, become a great man, in wisdom, spirit and character.

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