Samuel Duren, Pastor - Teacher
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Pastor Samuel T. Duren is a native of Peoria, IL and the fourth child of five of Francis and Jean Duren. Samuel recognized the calling to ministry at age 13 while attending Zion Baptist Church of Peoria, IL. From that moment on he began seeking God’s face and serving within the church under Pastor Cleo R. Brand. Pastor Brand licensed and ordained Samuel in 2000 and 2001 respectively. Samuel graduated from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology in 2000 and is working on completing his Masters of Divinity at Lincoln Christian University and Seminary in Lincoln, IL. On May 19, 2012 he married Stacy Sturdivant. He is the proud father of two daughters, Amiah Flowers and Samiyah Duren.

God has honored Pastor Duren with the privilege of pastoring Zion Baptist Church. Samuel desires to serve God in preaching and teaching the Lord’s word and lead Zion to be a place where all people can come and receive help for their lives. He is an energetic person who desires to grow in leadership and lead Zion Baptist Church in Building a Better Community.

Samuel desires to serve and give back to his community. He is a board member for the Tri-County (Peoria) Urban League, working with them to make an impact in the community of Peoria. He also serves on the Peoria County Health Board, isTreasurer for Central District Baptist Association, and he serves on the boards of the Nehemiah Initiative and the African American Hall of Fame Museum.