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Rev. Eric M. Beckham, Pastor

Rev. Eric Beckham was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1967 and raised in Columbia, Maryland. In 1989, he graduated from Florida A&M University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He then matriculated through Princeton Theological Seminary, where he graduated with a Master of Divinity Degree in 1992. While in seminary, Rev. Beckham began preaching the gospel, in 1989, as a volunteer chaplain at Trenton State Prison.


In 2012, Rev. Beckham furthered his education, graduating from Kean University in Union, NJ, completing the Marriage and Family Therapy program. As a certified Marriage and Family Therapist for the State of New Jersey, Rev. Beckham specialized in working with couples and at-risk adolescents.

From 1993 until June of 2016, Rev. Beckham served dutifully for 22 years as the Senior Pastor of the Clear View Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. During his tenure as pastor at Clear View, the church grew numerically and spiritually. Relocating in 1994 to its newly constructed worship edifice, the church successfully paid off its mortgage in nine years. Active in community development, Rev. Beckham led the church in numerous outreach initiatives and ministries. While in New Jersey, he served on several boards and worked within various local entities to enhance the community in the arenas of economics, mental health, education, health care, and urban renewal.


In June of 2016, by God's divine providence and the leading of the Holy Spirit, Rev. Beckham was called to relocate and serve as the Senior Pastor of the historic Zion Baptist Church of Marietta, Georgia. It is with much excitement, humility, gratitude, and prayer that Rev. Beckham has begun a new venture to serve and to lead the Zion Church Family and the community of Cobb County.


Rev. Beckham believes very strongly in the church's local outreach to its community, as well as to mission projects across the world. His strongest passions are a lifestyle of fervent prayer, the preaching and teaching of the Word of God, and the making of disciples of men, women, and youth.


His greatest pride and joy is his family, consisting of his lovely wife of 26 years, Maritza, and their four children: Darius, Demetrius, Maya, and Morgan.