The Zion Church community and the City of Everett gathered together in person for the first time in several years this past Monday at the Connolly Center to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The 17th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast was once again well attended by residents, local officials and members of the Zion Church community in an effort to raise scholarship money for college-bound students.
The Senior Pastor of Zion Church Ministries, Bishop Robert Brown, was pleased to welcome this year’s keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. Kirk B. Jones. Dr. Jones has been a pastor for over 30 years and was the founding minister of Calvary Baptist Church, Chester, Pa.; Ebenezer Baptist Church, Boston, Mass.; and the First Baptist Churches of Randolph, Whitman and Tewksbury, Mass. Currently, Dr. Jones serves as a pastor for Zion Baptist Church in Lynn, Mass. He is also an adjunct professor of ethics, preaching and pastoral ministry at Andover Newton Theological School and serves as guest preacher and teacher at churches, schools and conferences throughout the United States.
In addition to Dr. Jones, speakers at the breakfast included Bishop Robert Brown, Mayor Carlo DeMaria, State Senator Sal DiDomenico, City Council President Michael Marchese and MLK Scholarship Recipients Dyna Louis, Shreeya Musyaju and Loyd Joseph.
The Zion Praise Team, the Everett High School Chorus and Zion Church Ministries Bishop Regina Shearer delivered moving renditions of traditional hymns and songs throughout the breakfast, and the ceremony was concluded with the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” where everyone joined in and sang along.