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Dr. Brian E. Kennedy
Senior Pastor

& Lady Hilda Kennedy

Executive 

Pastor

Richard Young


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Pastor Brian Wallace

& Pastor Al Percy Bennett


SATURDAY SERVICE 
LEAD PASTORS
THE FUTURE HOME OF MT. ZION 

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2020
Ministry Highlights
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2019
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2016-2017
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2013-2015
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1922-2012
Ministry Highlights

Pastor Brian E, Kennedy, Sr. has been the Senior Pastor at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Ontario, California since 1998. Prior to this, Pastor Kennedy was on the management team of Prison Fellowship as the Los Angeles Area Director for eleven years.
 

He 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 Brian E, Kennedy, Sr.'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 of Ontario congregation, and beyond, to the end that God is glorified in His church by Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:20 -21).
 

He 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 of Ontario family, received a Doctor of Ministry at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
 

ACADEMIC DEGREES
 

  • Bachelor of Science Degree, Business Administration, with emphasis in Accounting, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, 1983.

  • Master of Divinity Degree, Bible Exposition, Talbot School of Theology, LA Mirada, California, 1993.

  • Doctor of Ministry Degree, Leadership, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Brea, California, 2005.

MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Adjunct Preaching Professor at Gateway Seminary in Ontario, CA

  • Author of Timeless Insights From the Book of Judges, How to Function in God's Eternal Plan in a Compromising Culture, Westbow Press, 2017.

  • Author of Let’s Stand Together and Pray, A collection of prayers to respond to God’s Word, Mt. Zion Church of Ontario Publication, 2014, 2015, 2016.

  • Guest instructor at Los Angeles Bible Training School (completed homiletics course for professor unable to complete semester).

  • Guest lectured as a community leader at California Baptist University for the Introduction to Ministry Class.

  • Guest lectured as local Pastor at Los Angeles Bible Training School, woman’s development class.

  • Guest lectured for area-wide Sunday School conference for Pastor’s development class.

  • Guest lectured for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Officer Training Academy.

  • Guest lectured for the Ontario Police Department Sensitivity Training Course.

  • Guest speaker for local churches, and men’s conferences.

  • Strategic planning facilitator for struggling local churches.

  • Serve with the Ontario Fire Department Chaplain’s Program.

  • Missionary to Africa, St. Vincent, WI, and Tchula Mississippi.

  • Board Member for California Baptist Foundation.

  • Led historic church in Ontario through several potentially church splitting transitions.

  • Enjoys mentoring three Senior Pastors.

  • Advocate for the intentional practice of spiritual disciplines in the local church.

  • Enjoys bicycle riding, walking with wife, and spending time with family and friends.

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

 

EXECUTIVE PASTOR RICHARD YOUNG

Pastor Richard Young has been a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Ontario CA. for forty-one years and is currently the Executive (Assistant) Pastor for the last twenty years.  Prior to serving as the Executive Pastor, Pastor Young served at Mt. Zion Church of Ontario in the capacity of Elder and Minister of Education.

Pastor Young received his Minister’s license in 1998 and was ordained under the leadership of Pastor Brian Kennedy in 2001. In the position of Executive Pastor, Young oversees the various ministries within the church along with Bible Study and Small Groups. With his passion to win souls for Christ, Young is strategic in teaching members to evangelize and the importance of sharing one’s faith on a continuous basis. 

Pastor Young has served with the Southern Baptist Association on their A.S.S.I.S.T Team, and currently certified as a Coach with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) which is also a part of the Southern Baptist Association. 

Pastor Young graduated from Los Angeles Bible Training School of Los Angeles Ca. and is currently attending Gateway Seminary of Ontario (formally Golden Gate Mill Valley San Francisco Bay Area) to complete his Master of Divinity Degree. Pastor Young has been married to his wife for forty years.

Pastor Young’s life’s scripture is, I Corinthians 15:58: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 

224 W. California Ave, Ontario, California 91762
909-983-2411

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PASTOR BRIAN E. KENNEDY, SR.

Senior Pastor

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JERRY BROWNING

Church Administrator

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JOHNNELL WILLIAMS

Youth Director

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MARSHA HAYES

Seniors Director

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MARTY LEACH

Sunday School Consultant

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MARK H. PORTER

Director of IT & Marketing

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SHARON BAILEY

Ministry Services

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RICHARD YOUNG

Executive Pastor

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YVONNE OKONJI

Children's Director

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BRIAN WALLACE

Young Adult Pastor

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BJ SWANE

Counseling 

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CYNTHIA BEATTY

Pastor's Admin Assistant

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CARLA EVANS

Admin Assistant

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