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The interior of Mount Zion Full Gospel Church  photo courtesy of Nancy Morand, City of Windsor department of heritage planning
 

Mt. Zion Church was established by Clarence Leslie Morton Senior. Bishop Morton was an internationally renowned preacher and founder of the Canadian and International Churches of God in Christ in the Windsor/Detroit region. He was the leader of six churches in the United States. Here in Canada he was instrumental in the establishment of five churches - in Windsor, Chatham,

The interior of Mount Zion Full Gospel Church - photo courtesy of Nancy Morand, City of Windsor department of heritage planning  

Harrow, Buxton, and Amherstburg.

 
The church edifice was designed by local architect J.P. Thompson. Funds were raised by donations and preaching appointments. The church at at 795 McDougall Avenue was built by the parishioners in 1939. Since its’ foundation the church has only had two pastors Bishop Morton Sr. and his son Bishop Morton Jr.
 
Bishop C.L. Morton Sr. – Photo Courtesy of Jim Allen
 
Bishop C.L. Morton Jr. – Photo Courtesy of Jim Allen

Bishop C.L. Morton Sr. – Photo Courtesy of Jim Allen
 


Bishop C.L. Morton Jr. – Photo Courtesy of Jim Allen

 
The annual River Baptismal Service, hosted by Mt. Zion Church brought thousands to the riverfront during the 1940’s and 1950’s. Baptisms were held as public events in which the many witnesses helped welcome the individual as a follower of Christ. Full immersion in the river symbolized the washing away of the old and the beginning of a new life.
 
 

Bishop Morton Sr. was also famous for his radio ministry. Beginning in 1936 his services were broadcast live on CKLW radio. Every Sunday at 2 p.m. many residents would tune in to listen to the service complete with the popular Radio Chorus. Bishop Morton was involved in broadcasting for 42 years.

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Mt. Zion is still an active church under the direction of Bishop C.L.Morton Jr.

Bishop Morton also reaches out the community appearing at many local events including the opening ceremonies of the McDougall Street Neighbourhood Reunion.
 
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