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Pastors of Historical Zion Poplars Baptist Church
7000 T.C. Walker Rd
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1252
Gloucester VA 23061
1. Rev. Samuel Harden
2. Rev. A. T. Gayles
3. Rev. J.H Alston – 1900 to 1926
4. Rev. A.A. Hudgins - 1927
5. Rev. Burnam
6. Rev. M. S. Boyd – May 1936 to 1941
7. Rev. M. C. Howard
8. Rev. Warner Smith 1945 to 1990
9. Rev. James Taylor March 1990 to 1998
10. Rev. Elton Rudolph Pryor – January 2003 to 2020
11. Rev. Ronald W. Gayle Sr – September 25, 2021 to Present
Zion Poplars Baptist Church houses one of the oldest independent African-American congregations in Gloucester County. It is named for seven united poplar trees under which the founding members first met for worship in 1866. The church was erected one and a half miles to the south in 1894 in the Gothic Revival architectural style, with both Victorian and classical detailing. During the 1930s the church was moved 110 feet because of road construction. The interior exhibits the creative craftsmanship of Frank Braxton, a former slave. The church was listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
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11:00 AM Inside Service
6 March 2022 "Are We a Great Church?" Acts 2:41-47 KJV
13 March 2022 "It's a Beautiful Morning." 2nd Kings 3:1-3 KJV
20 March 2022 "Watch Your Mouth." Colossians 4:6 KJV
27 March 2022 "Are You a Destroyer of the Church?" Proverbs 10:28-32 KJV
3 & 10 April 2022 "A Moment of Truth" Luke22:54-62 KJV
17 April 2022 "No Cross - No Resurrection" Matthew 27:33-36 KJV
24 April 2022 "The Light on the Dashboard of My Life" Philippians 4:6,19 KJV
8 May 2022 "Wise Women" Ruth 1:1-4 and Esther 5:1-3 KJV
15 May 2022 "My Heart Desires That You Be Saved" Romans 10:9-15 KJV
22 May 2022 "Time to Take Out the Trash" Matthew 7:1-5 KJV
5 June 2022 "I Got the Power and it’s Called Bible Power" 2nd Tim 3:12-17 KJV
12 June 2022 "Can You Hear the Holy Spirit?" Romans 8:14-18 KJV
19 June 2022 "Father's Turn Your Light On" Deuteronomy 10:15-22 KJV
26 June 2022 "Come as You Are" 1st Peter 1:13-16 KJV
3 July 2022 "Debt Paid in Full" Col. 1:20-24 KJV
10 July 2022 "Is Your Drinking Water Clean" Ezekiel 34:18-23 KJV
17 July 2022 11:00am Service "Who Has Time for Another Church Anniversary" Eccl: 3:1-8 KJV
17 July 2022 3:00pm Service "The Function of The Church" Eph 4:12-16 Pastor Holmes St Paul Baptist Church
24 July 2022 "Talking to Non-Believers (Tithing)" Malachi 3:7-10 KJV
26 July 2022 "We Need a Revival." Isaiah 40:1-5 KJV
27 July 2022 "What is the Focus of the Church." Matthew 14:22-33 KJV
28 July 2022 "It's All About Love." The Song of Solomon2:1-2 KJV
29 July 2022 "A Basket Case." 2nd Corinthians 11:32-33 KJV
14 August 2022 Preaching at Solomon Temple Baptist Church 602 W. Erie Ave. Philadelphia PA 19140 Under Pastor, Bishop Paul C. Brown
28 August 2022 "Why Did Jesus Have to Die?" Matthew 20:28 KJV
4 September 2022 "Is There a Meaning to Life?" Ecclesiastes 1:1-9 KJV
11 September 2022 Christians have problems too. Genesis 37:18-20 KJV
18 September 2022 Are We Guilty of Loving Money? 1st Timothy 6:10-12 KJV
24 September 2022 Pastor Gayle's 1st Anniversary Service 2nd Timothy 4:1-4 KJV
25 September 2022 Go to Church Psalm 122:1 KJV
2 October 2022 The Fiery Trials Headed Towards the Church 1st Peter 5:1-7 KJV
9 October 2022 Morning Service Are You Good Enough? Matthew 19:16-17 KJV
9 October 2022 Afternoon Service - Mens' Day. He Gave Me New Life. Romans 6:1-4 KJV
6 November 2022 Voting for the lessor of two evils. 1st Timothy 2:1-8 KJV
13 November 2022 Who Is Your Shepherd 23rd Psalm KJV
20 November 2022 A Real Thanksgiving Psalm 100 KJV
27 November 2022 A Beginners Fall Matthew 25:1-10 KJV
4 December 2022 A Christian Risk Taker Matthew 14;22-33 KJV
10 December 2022 ZPBC Christmas Service
11 December 2022 One More Gift to Un-Wrap Matthew 2:1-3 KJV
18 December 2022 More than just an agreement for mankind. Isaiah 7:14 KJV
25 December 2022 The Heart of Christmas is to Think, Feel, and Do Romans 15:4-7 KJV
1 January 2023 How Can I Witness When I Feel Uncomfortable? Mark 12:38-44 KJV
8 January 2023 Witnessing on the Friendship Train. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 KJV
15 January 2023 A Generation Killing Hope Romans 15:13 KJV
22 January 2023
Your Attitude Will Not Get You into the Altitude. 2nd Chronicles 7:14 KJV
5 February 2023; (We had some technical difficulties, so we used a prerecorded sermon from an earlier date.) Re-play Jehovah Jireh from 05012020
12 February 2023
My Valentine 1st Corinthians 13:11-13 KJV
19 February 2023
26 February 2023
Looks like you had a rough life. Job 10:1-7
5 March 2023
Real Evil Romans 7:1-25
12 March 2023
A Few Will Wander Away and be Seduced. 1stTimothy 4:1-8
19 March 2023
Ignorance and Un-Belief 1st Timothy 1:12-14
26 March 2023
Why Don't My family and Friends Believe Me? Luke 4:1-4
The congregation of Zion Poplars Baptist Church would like to welcomes our new Pastor and his wife, the Reverend and Mrs. Ronald W. Gayle Sr. Reverend Ronald W. Gayle Sr. has been appointed as Pastor of The Great Historic Zion Poplars Baptist Church, 7000 T.C. Walker Road, Gloucester, Virginia. His first Sunday will be September 26, 2021 at 9:AM, and it will be an outside service. John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Installed as Pastor of The Historical Zion Poplars Baptist Church on the 25th of September 2021
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Elevated to Deacon at Historic Zion Poplars Baptist Church Gloucester Virginia.
A collection of some ole time Gospels. May God Bless you real good and may Heaven smile upon you.
Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
The late Dr. Elton Pryor & The late Deacon George Larrimore
ZPBC Male Chorus with Rev. Haley and Pastor Gayle
Explore the incredible life and lasting impact T.C. Walker, known as “Lawyer Walker,” had not just on the Gloucester community, but the entire nation. His life and legacy is celebrated in a mural on Gloucester Main Street and in this mini-documentary, commissioned by The Cook Foundation
“It’s the life story of T.C. Walker and starts when he was a boy, a child, until he reaches his later years. It’s a remarkable story. My goal with the mural is to get you to really know, on a more in-depth level, all the things that made T.C. Walker, T.C. Walker.” – Artist Michael Rosato
5 Bus loads approx. 200 students came to visit and take a tour.
The first services on the Zion Poplars site were held under seven poplar trees. The church itself was built in 1894 and is one of the oldest African American congregations in Virginia. The students were welcomed here by the Rev. Ronald Gayle, (now Pastor).
The magnificent edifice known as Zion Poplars Baptist Church developed out of a West African-influenced religious practice known as a “brush arbor,” a clandestine religious meeting held in wooded areas or in remote cabins in wooded areas. Before 1865, and for some time afterwards, Blacks were prohibited, by law, from gathering in large numbers in order to give, or receive, educational or religious instruction. The brush arbor provided them with a safe haven for worshiping God. Zion Poplars developed out of this tradition when, in 1866, its founding mothers and fathers chose seven poplar trees as their sanctuary. Four of these trees are still extant on church grounds. Built in 1894, the church stands as an excellent example of the mid-19th-century Gothic revival style, with vernacular detailing. The spectacular interior of the church exhibits the creative craftsmanship of Mr. Frank Braxton, a former slave. Braxton, early congregants, their descendants, and war veterans are interred in the old and new cemeteries. Like most independent Black churches, Zion Poplars was a multifunctional institution, serving the spiritual, educational, and economic needs of its congregants and of members of the larger community. Zion Poplars, therefore, provided Blacks with many resources that the larger society refused to grant. That tradition of mutual aid, that communal and indomitable spirit, survives to this day. For its service to its congregants and to members of the greater community, its architectural style, and its West African influences, Zion Poplars Baptist Church is a historic and cultural treasure. Natalie S, Robertson, Ph.D. Hampton University
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Street preaching in Preston England when things go wrong and a passerby decides to disturb message, some may call this a spiritual attack, but Praise God for how street preaching went. Street preacher Joe Kirby.
CALL SIN, SIN a must see if you question if you are saved or not.
The perfect words in the perfect order, for our salvation so that we can live with a perfect God.
Right is now wrong and wrong is now right... I weep...
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You won't leave here like you came in Jesus name.
no te irás de aquí como viniste en el nombre de Jesús.
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