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Corinthian Baptist Church-Pastor KZ Smith

Pastor KZ Smith serves as the Senior Pastor of the Corinthian Baptist Church of Cincinnati, Ohio. With his spiritual guidance and leadership, the church has grown in membership from 250 to over 1,200 members. Pastor Smith is a visionary; where his actions and principles inspire God’s people to walk in the “Spirit of Excellence,” to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. Under this vision, he has established several ministries including Children’s Church, Corinthian Baptist Church (CBC) Youth and Adult Praise Dancers, 55 Plus Fellowship and Bible Class, Solid Rock Investment Club, New Members' Orientation Class, the Connection’s Ministry, and the Deacons’ Shepherding Program.

His achievements and accomplishments are noteworthy. He has been appointed, by the Mayor of Cincinnati, as Commissioner of the Cincinnati Recreation Commission. In 2008, He was elected President of the Commission. He served as Co-Owner and a Member of the Board of Directors for the Avondale Town Mall, Founder and Chairperson of the Avondale Community Federal Credit Union and on the Board of Directors for the CBC Enterprises. Under Pastor Smith’s leadership, the Corinthian Baptist Church was voted by the Cincinnati Herald Newspaper as the “best place to worship” (Best of Black Cincinnati 2003 edition).

In the community, Pastor Smith has served on the Office on Maternal & Infant Health & Infant Mortality Reduction Board. He has served as the Chairperson for the non-profit Ekklesia Development Corporation, which received a matching grant from the Department of Commerce, to develop the nation’s first online technology for social services for the community. This was the first time a faith-based organization has received a grant from the Department of Commerce.

He has served as President of the Baptist Ministers' Conference and Vicinity of Cincinnati, Ohio, and was the Campaign Manager and Spokesperson to restore the Human Rights Ordinance of Cincinnati.

Pastor Smith has received recognition from the Hamilton County Community Action Agency (Community Service Award), Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce (Citizens Who Made a Difference Award), Baptist Ministers' Conference & Vicinity (Pastor of the Year Award), the National Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress (Exceptional Leadership and Service Award), and The Abercrumbie Group (2016 Men of Honor.)

Pastor Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree in English Bible, from the Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary.  In June 2009 Pastor Smith received the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from Temple Bible College and Seminary.  He is in pursuit of a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Leadership from Trinity Bible Seminary.

He is married to a very supportive and loving wife, Connie; together they parent five children and nine grandchildren.

Corinthian Baptist Church-Cincinnati

In 1868, a small group of Christian men and women who had been meeting in each other’s homes recognized the need to establish a place to worship God in the Avondale community. The Council of Baptist Churches sanctioned the formation of a church. The first worship service was held at the New Colored Orphans Home on Van Buren Street. Reverend R. W. Scott was selected as the first pastor. Under his leadership the name of the church was the First Baptist Church of Avondale. From the mid-1870 to 1908, the church’s name was changed from First Baptist Church of Avondale to Corinthian Baptist Church because of mail problems and close proximity to First Baptist Church of Walnut Hills. Since 1868 the church has had 13 pastors:

  • 1868-1879-Rev. R.W. Scott
  • 1880-1908-Rev. Harry Johnson, Rev. H. Glimpe, Rev. J Smith
  • 1908-1935-Rev. J.H. Jackson, Rev. J.S. Patten, Rev. P.S. Smith, Rev. Warren
  • 1935-1949-Rev. M.S. Richardson
  • 1950-1955-Rev. J.D. Jenkins
  • 1955 Interim Pastor-Rev. D.H. Davis
  • 1955-1986-Rev. Wesley V. Maxie
  • 1988-present-Rev. Kazava (KZ) Smith

In 1964, the congregation was forced to move to another location, as a result of the city preparing to construct a new highway. On June 7, 1964, the Groundbreaking Ceremony was held for the new church building. The building was completed on October 4, 1964. We were blessed to be able to burn the mortgage on July 22, 1975.

On May 6, 1990, we held the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the construction and renovation of our church building. We move into the new edifice in June 1991. On November 16, 1997, we were blessed to be able to burn the mortgage during our 129th Church Anniversary Celebration.

On October 22, 2010, the church purchased 30+ acres of land on Reading Road in Bond Hill.  On September 3-4, 2011 we held our Land Dedication & Community Celebration.  Our Ground Breaking Service  was held on  July 30, 2016 and construction of our new building began on October 18, 2017.

As we continue to worship God in spirit and in truth, while growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we know that the Corinthian Baptist Church will continue to be blessed by our heavenly Father.

About God

We believe there is one divine being who has existed eternally. He exists and reveals Himself to man in three distinct, equally divine persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. While we cannot fully comprehend His divine nature, it is possible for people to know Him.

At the beginning of time, God created the entire universe and all its creatures. He continues to exercise His supreme power to sustain His creation. Throughout history He has expressed His desire to be our God and have a personal, eternal relationship with us. We believe that God loves us and wants what is best for us.


About Jesus

We believe that Jesus is the eternal divine son of God. He chose voluntarily to be made in human likeness and was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. Although He lived a sinless life, He allowed Himself to be executed by crucifixion. His death paid the penalty for the offenses of mankind against God. However, as prophesied, He rose from the dead three days after His execution. After appearing to witnesses on a number of occasions for forty days, He ascended into heaven where He now serves as the mediator between God and man. We believe, that at the end of time, He will again visibly return to Earth to complete His eternal plan.


About the Holy Spirit

The third person of God is the Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit dwells in every Christ-follower. His indwelling presence gives spiritual life to believers and distinguishes them as children of God. The Holy Spirit guides Christ-followers in understanding and applying God’s principles and values. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, Christ-followers are empowered to live Christ-like lives. The Holy Spirit also equips Christ-followers with talents and abilities for the purpose of the building up God’s kingdom.


About Man

God created mankind to live in relationship with Him. However, the first man and woman were deceived by Satan. They rebelled and chose to be wrongfully independent from God. Their decision alienated them from God. Every human being since that time has suffered the consequences of that rebellion. We all fail to please God and are open to Satan’s deception. Our failure to please God, unless a relationship is re-established with Him, results in condemnation under God’s judgement and would cause us to spend eternity in hell. Furthermore, there is nothing we can do on our own to reestablish our relationship with God.


About the Bible

God divinely inspired human authors to write the sixty-six books of the Bible. He communicated through these writers the values, principles, and ideals which please Him and are in our best interests. We believe the Bible is entirely accurate, complete and reliable. We look to the Bible for the revelation of the character of God and the final authority on all matters of faith and conduct.


About a Relationship with God

Our inability to reestablish our relationship with God leaves us dependent on God’s mercy. God graciously provided the means to reconcile this relationship through faith in Jesus Christ. Our relationship is re-established when we make a commitment to accept Jesus as God’s Son and our Savior and Lord. Through faith in Jesus Christ, our sins are forgiven and we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and eternal life. Practically speaking, this acceptance is demonstrated through both a private and public commitment. We demonstrate our commitment privately by faith (acting upon our belief that God has the power to save us) and repentance (turning back to God and depending on him to control our lives). We also publicly express our commitment by confessing our acceptance of God’s salvation and submitting ourselves in Christian baptism.


About the Christian Life

Once our relationship is re-established with God, we naturally want to spend time with Him and know Him better. The Holy Spirit enlightens us as we read God’s word, the Bible, as we communicate with Him in prayer, and as we enter into loving relationships, Biblical community, with other Christ-followers. In this way we begin to know God more intimately. As we become acquainted with God, we desire to be like Him and please Him. This process of spiritual development motivates us to seek ways to serve God and prepares us to spend eternity in fellowship with Him.


About the Church

We believe the church represents Jesus Christ to a needy world. The Bible speaks of the church as Christ’s body. It compares it to a living organism, where Jesus is the head. God arranges the parts of the body (Christ-followers) just as He wants them to be. He gives each Christ-follower special functions to perform for the good of the body. To remain healthy, the body’s members must work together. Each part contributes to the growth and maturity of the body. God works through the church to reconcile a lost world to himself through Jesus Christ. For this reason it is important for Christ-followers to regularly gather together for the purpose of celebration. During celebration, Christ-followers are equipped, built up, and encouraged through teaching, fellowship, prayer and communion. Celebration in this way enables believers to serve one another and the unchurched people in their sphere of influence.

Sunday Morning Praise & Worship:

  • Worship Service: 10:00am (sanctuary)
  • Children’s Church Ministry (ages 4-12): 2nd & 4th Sundays (muscle room)
  • Youth Church (ages 13-18): 1st & 3rd Sundays (muscle room)

Additional Services

  • Mid-week Praise, Worship, and Bible Study: Each Wednesday, In-person or virtual at 6:00.  For virtual CLICK HERE.
  • Mid-Day Bible Study: Each Tuesday- 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

Administrative Hours:

The church office is closed on Mondays. Operating Hours: Tuesday-Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, unless otherwise noted in the Church bulletin. The Office is closed to observe the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Vision Statement for Bond Hill Property:

"We are a sustainable community (of believers) that serves as the spiritual and economic gateway to Bond Hill"

The Communications Team publishes a bi-monthly newsletter to keep the congregation informed about our Bond Hill property. To read the current and archived issues click on the appropriate link below.


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Elder Earl Bray Jr.-Assistant Pastor of Corinthian Baptist Church

Elder Earl Bray Jr.

Assistant Pastor
Elder Earl Bray Jr. serves as the Assistant Pastor of Corinthian Baptist Church; He leads the Bereavement Ministry Team and the Mid-Day Bible Study Sessions.  Assistant Pastor Bray’s major goal is to assist Pastor Smith in the overall advancement of the Corinthian Baptist Church. Assistant Pastor Bray’s favorite scriptures are Psalm 91:1-2 and Acts 17:11 

Minister Timothy L. Lane - Administrative Assistant/Facility Access - CBC

Minister Timothy L. Lane

Executive Pastor 
Minister Timothy Lane serves as the Administrative Assistant for Pastor KZ Smith. His responsibilities include assisting in day to day operations, engineering, and facilitating special projects as it relates to CBC and the Pastor. His other duties include congregational care and serving in ministry wherever needed. Minister Lane’s life mission is to demonstrate the love of Christ to others as commanded by Christ – John 13: 34-35

Each year, the Church observes the month of August as “Rest & Relaxation Month”. Ministry meetings & Church programs are not scheduled during this month.


Sister Jenise Brown


Sister Jenise Brown's responsibilities include providing clerical services for Pastor & the Administrative Staff.  She receives incoming telephone calls, records weekly contributions & manages the Church Calendar.  Jenise is also the Process Owner for Facility Usage process. Her favorite scripture is Psalm 34:3.


Dea. James Byndon - Property Manager Dea. - CBC

Minister Bomani Tyehimba

Administrative Assistant/Property Manager 

Minister Bomani Tyehimba serves as an Administrative Assistant/Property Manager for CBC. His primary responsibility as Administrative Assistant is serving as a liaison with other churches & the community.  As it relates to property management, Min. Tyehimba is responsible for the upkeep of the CBC facility and grounds and overseeing facility access to the church.   Minister Tyehimba also serves on the Jail Ministry each month as the preacher. His heart's desire is to make the Word of God relevant in the lives of believers.

His favorite Scripture is - Psalm 34:1




Minister Mary V. DuBois

 Administrative Assistant/Congregational Care/Necrologist

 Min. Mary (Ginny) DuBois' responsibilities include coordination of the New Members' Orientation Class.  She is also instrumental in contacting members to ensure membership information is up to date.  As Necrologist, Min Dubois complies and displays information about CBC deceased members for the website.

Her favorite scripture is Matthew 22:37




Brother Derri Cantlope

Minister of Music

Brother Derri Cantlope is responsible for the Music Ministry at CBC .  He leads all choirs & the CBC Praise Team.   Derri brings leadership, harmony, & his talents to enhance each worship experience.  He unites choir members in fellowship through praising the Lord.  His favorite scripture is John 4:23-24.



Sister Superior Reliford

Family Empowerment Center Director

The Family Empowerment Center (FEC) Ministry was founded January 2012 to assist the CBC Deacon Board in managing its Benevolent Fund Services to families within the CBC Congregation.  The program has expanded to provide assist for the community also.  Sister Reliford is the administrator for Hamilton County Job & Family Services' PRC & LIFT programs. 

FEC's Program Objective is to provide internal and external family support services using community-based organizations as supplementary resources to the CBC Benevolence Fund.  Our services includes, but is not limited to, resources for housing, utilities, food, clothing, free workshops and the Affordable Care Act information. Sister Reliford's favorite scripture is Psalm 19:14