Our Pastor


Pastor Brian E Kennedy, Sr. & wife Hilda Kennedy

Pastor Brian Eric Kennedy has been the Senior Pastor at Mt. Zion Church of Ontario, California since 1998. Prior to Mt. Zion, Pastor Kennedy was on the management team of Prison Fellowship as the Los Angeles Area Director.

Pastor Kennedy also served as a Youth Pastor for 15 years in two local churches in Los Angeles (South Los Angeles Baptist Church, and Evening Star Missionary Baptist Church) before serving at Mt. Zion, and has thoroughly enjoyed full-time ministry since 1986.

Pastor Kennedy’s life before full-time ministry was a short-term career in the accounting field. Graduating from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting, Pastor Kennedy worked as an accounting clerk, a bookkeeper and a cost accountant in a manufacturing firm.

Having received a foundation of commitment to Christ, and hard work from childhood from his father and mother (Bradford and Evelyn Kennedy), and his church family in Sacramento, Calif. (St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church), Pastor Kennedy's life goal is to live out servant leadership among the Mt. Zion church congregation, and beyond, to the end that God is glorified in His church by Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:20 -21).

Pastor Kennedy, was encouraged to attend seminary by Dr. S.M. Lockridge, (Calvary Baptist Church, San Diego, Calif.) and received a Master of Divinity Degree from Talbot School of Theology and with unwavering support from his wife Hilda, children, and the Mt. Zion Church family, received a Doctor of Ministry from Gateway Seminary. Pastor Kennedy now serves as an adjunct professor for preaching/communications at the Los Angeles campus of Gateway Seminary.

Pastor Kennedy is married to the former Hilda Barnes and they have four children: Brian Jr., Evelyn, Lelia and Joshua.