6563 East Harry’s Road, Traverse City, Michigan 49684
Church: 231-946-5641 Pastors Cell: 231-649- 6424

Pastor Bill Smith was saved in 1977 at the age of 18 and surrendered to the call to preach the gospel shortly thereafter. He attended Bible College at Fairhaven Baptist College in Chesterton, Indiana and upon graduation, became part of the staff of Fairhaven Baptist Church and College.

After ministering in Indiana at Fairhaven for four more years, he felt God leading him to a small town in Western Pennsylvania where he started Forest Area Baptist Church which is still a strong church today. Pastor Smith pastored at Forest Area for 10 years, and it was during this time that he met and married his wife Pam. God also blessed them with two children during this time in Pennsylvania – their daughter Abby and their son Jonathan.

In 1996, Pastor Smith believed he felt God leading him elsewhere, and in the fall of 1997, God made it clear to him that He wanted him and his family to move to his home town of Traverse City, Michigan and start a new church. On February 1, 1998, Zion Baptist Church was started. Pastor and Mrs. Smith now look forward, after having celebrated Zion’s 18th anniversary, to what God will do both in their lives and in the church that they have given their lives to.

Times of Service

Childrens Sunday School - 9:45 AM; Adult Sunday School - 10:00 AM
Sunday Worship - 11:00 AM; Sunday Evening - 6:00 PM
Wednesday Bible Study - 7:00 PM

Nursery is available for all services


In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

2 Corinthians 4:4KJV