Willie Charles Morrow was born November 27, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois.  He is the seventh of nine children born to Mrs. Lizzie Bell Morrow.  Willie was reared on Chicago's south side where he attended the Public Schools.  In 1981, he graduated from Martin Luther King High School, and began undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL.  At the University of Illinois he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences, with minor studies in Special Education, Communications, Speech and Theatre.  In July 1999 he completed a Master of Education from DePaul University.  He has completed extensive graduate studies at Chicago State University in secondary education, and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.
 

            Willie Charles Morrow united with the Zion Grove Baptist Church in September of 1973 at age 11, under the leadership of our founding pastor, Reverend Charlie Hall Stimage—respectfully called “Bishop”.  He served as director for the Angelic Choir, Inspirational Choir, and the combined choir, later named the Voices of Zion.   Later he served as a Sunday School Teacher, Assistant Superintendent, and Deacon.  He was ordained a preacher of the Gospel on April 14, 1985 by authority and order of Zion Grove Baptist Church, Bishop Stimage presiding.
 

            In addition to being a protestant minister, Pastor Morrow is a public school teacher and taught in the Chicago Public Schools for eleven (11) years and spent two (2) years in the Valley View School District 365U.  While he has experience teaching grades three (3), four (4), and six (6), he spent the majority of his thirteen years at the junior high level--grades seven (7) and eight (8).  He is very committed to education and preventing academic failure among today's youth and promotes adult continuing education as well. In fact, his vision of a community service center, "Road to Success" is an offshoot of a program he created and instituted while teaching at Raymond Elementary School in Chicago which he titled, "Avenues of Success".  This program ran from its inception in 1995 until the closing of Raymond School in June of 2005. With the passing of Bishop C.H. Stimage in January of 1997, Reverend Morrow officially assumed the pastorate of this local assembly on August 23, 1997.  The Official Installation Service of the Reverend W. Charles Morrow, the charge and the acceptance thereof commenced with Bishop Joseph E. Brown of St. John Temple Church presiding.
 

            Possessing the land through spiritual restoration and elevation were important mandates given to Pastor Morrow by God.  Upon accepting the pastorate, Pastor Morrow immediately began to intensify corporate consecration through prayer, teaching and preaching God’s Word, Fasting, and challenging the church to trust God in tithes and offerings.  It was needful that the curse be broken.  It is with total praise, worship, and adoration to God that many have become serious about living for God, and allowing His will to be done in their lives.  A spiritual change has definitely taken place in the lives of the shepherd and the sheep.  Many have received salvation, deliverance, and healings because of the anointing.  Lives are constantly being challenged and changed through the infallible word of God that is being taught and preached, and through God confirming His word with signs and wonders.  Souls are being added to this assembly and God is increasing His army according to His will and good pleasure.  We are continually growing in the knowledge and wisdom of God, and being conformed to the image of Christ. Wisdom is justified of her children and God is having His way—the devil is already defeated.
 

            It was with detailed and minute instructions that God led Pastor Morrow to immediately embark upon building God a house as Solomon originally built the temple.  Having no knowledge or experience in what would be necessary, Pastor Morrow obeyed James 1:5 which says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not: and it shall be given him."
 

Through the leadership of Pastor Morrow, God led the church through the entire renovation process resulting in the edifice you see today.  A gut rehab took place beginning in October of 1998 and was completed in April of 1999.  During that same year the church celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a weeklong observance and special Dedicatorial Service.  A special book of history, special memoirs, and photography was compiled to help commemorate the event. The purchase of the first 15-passenger van is only the beginning of what we desire to develop into a full transportation system.  In November of 2004, the church legally secured the adjacent lot to the immediate west side of the building spanning 123.7 feet in width, and 90 feet in depth. And in terms of excellence in the service we give, we are committed to developing a competent Music Ministry consisting of the Voices of Zion, the Youth Voices of Zion, a Praise & Worship Ensemble, competent soloists, and a seven instrument band to help usher us into God’s presence in each service. Pastor Morrow is committed to establishing and promoting a competent performing arts department consisting of Praise Dancers and a Youth Dance Troop—B.A.S.I.C. (Brothers and Sisters In Christ).  Also included in the performing arts is a Drill Team, Steppers Set, Drama Guild, and Great Orators.
 

            Evangelizing and meeting the needs of the community residents is a priority for Pastor Morrow.  His personal belief is that Zion Grove exists to make a difference in the Douglas/Bronzeville Communities and that the church is a beacon light on 39th Street!   Through Pastor Morrow's leadership the church is increasingly extending its outreach ministry to serve the people of the community.  This outreach is done through food and clothing distributions, social services assistance programs, and by partnering with other humanitarian agencies.  A major undertaking to build and operate a community service center for economic development is underway which will consists of many services geared to empowering individuals and families to rise above poverty and its many associated ills.