Zion Development Corporation


Zion Development Corporation, Inc. provides relevant services and programs to empower residents surrounding Pennsylvania Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church, the Upton community at large and conjoining West Baltimore neighborhoods with the tools necessary to provide programs in Small Business, Education, Health, Housing, Recreation, and Sustainable Living.


Established by the historic Pennsylvania Avenue African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Zion Church, Zion Development Corporation, Inc. (ZDC, Inc.) seeks to build partnerships with businesses, civic leaders, community institutions and organizations, stakeholders and residents that will transform one of the most underserved and under resourced neighborhoods in Baltimore City.

The Pennsylvania Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church is a major anchor institution in the Upton neighborhood which has sponsored several community initiatives including the building of the Zion Towers Senior Residence, the Carpenter House Service Center, the Begin Anew after-school program and computer center, and is hosts one of the State of Maryland’s largest SHARE Food Network Programs.


ZDC, Inc. envisions rebuilding the community with the development of Zion Village Affordable Housing in partnership with a major yet local housing developer; reopen Carpenter’s House Community Outreach Center, build Zion Family Life & Wellness Center, and expand Zion Early Childhood Center in conjunction with Furman Templeton Academy.

Officers and Board Members:

Rev. Dr. Lester A. McCorn – President
Rev. Carla A. Nelson Chambers – Vice President & Executive Director
Sis. Lavern Braxton – Secretary/Treasurer
Sis. Rose Horton – Board Member – Pennsylvania Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church
Bro. Keenen Geter – Board Member – Young Men With Power
Sis. Rose Jones – Board Member – Pennsylvania Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church
Sis. Bronwyn Mayden – Board Member – University of Maryland School of Social Work
Sis. Teresa Stephens – Board Member – 4-H Club


Reverend Dr. Lester A. McCorn



Reverend Carla Nelson Chambers

Vice President, Zion Development Corporation