At the New Greater Zion Wall House of Miracles




A photo essay by Kelly Creedon, UNC grad student.

Driving down North Alston Avenue in East Durham, there is a small sign posted on the corner of Hopkins Street that reads in bright red letters “New Greater Zion Wall House of Miracles.” About two blocks down on the right stands a simple white brick building, set back from the street, with a red wooden cross hung over the door. The New Greater Zion Wall House of Miracles Baptist Church was founded here 63 years ago to create a spiritual home for the neighborhood. Senior Pastor Apostle T.L. Peaks-Cash actually grew up in a small house across the street from the church, and is just one of a number of church leaders who have been part of the community for decades. Today, the church continues to house a small, tight-knit congregation of worshipers who come here to find and celebrate faith, family, and community. According to Apostle Peaks-Cash, the church puts a strong focus on shaping and lifting up the youth of the congregation to help them make good choices and be successful. In addition to weekly Sunday School and Bible Study, youth participate in the Praise Dance Team and learn to deliver the Word through the Youth Ministry program. While there are many negative influences that might tempt them away from their spiritual path, the commitment and dedication of these young leaders points to a bright future for the church.