Zion Hill Baptist Church

A Brief History of Zion Hill Baptist Church
Buford, Georgia

Farm families from the rural North Gwinnett community gathered at a brush arbor about a mile from this location.
It was their desire to start a church that would minister to their families and neighbors.

That was August 20, 1868, just three years after the War Between the States. They called their fellowship Zion Hill Baptist Church.

They eventually bought 3 acres of land from Mr. Solomon Puckett for $9, which was paid over a three-year period.

On that property, where the cemetery is now, they built a log structure with timber that was taken off various members’ property.

It was in 1896, when the Zion Hill family agreed to build a white clapboard building for their meeting house. It would be 100 years later when the church family would buy 11 additional acres that bordered their property for a fraction of what that land is worth today.

That white clapboard building, which would be repaired and renovated and bricked through the years, served as their place of worship until June, 2007.

Zion Hill continues to be a church for North Gwinnett families, but is has transitioned from a rural church to a community church. The congregation reflects its community—diverse and colorful.

The Zion Hill family celebrates their heritage, and the godly men and women who were so faithful through the years to carry out the Lord’s commission of taking the Good News to people everywhere.

The church family is grateful for the new, beautiful facility that is attractive and user-friendly in which they have worshiped since June 17, 2007.

As the people of Israel said to the Lord during the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem over 2,950 years ago, we say today:

“For He is good; His faithful love endures forever”
(2 Chronicles 5:13).

About Us


Zion Hill Baptist Church was started in 1868 by farm families in the North Gwinnett County area. They have transitioned over the years from a rural church to a community church.

We are a diverse congregation with believers of various ethnic backgrounds, but unified by faith in Jesus Christ.

We are affiliated with the following organizations:

Gwinnett Metro Baptist Association
Georgia Baptist Mission Board
Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)

It is our prayer that every person is transformed by the love and mercy of Jesus Christ, and His Word, the Bible.


For a detailed description of what we believe:

The Baptist Faith and Message