Founder - Superintendent Edward Booker

Edward Booker was married to Eula Regan Booker for over fifty years. They were the parents of nine children (three deceased), and thirteen grandchildren. He was a man of faith who cared very much for God and his family; no sacrifice was too great for the safety and well being of his family. She was a worker for the Lord and the church, as well. He left Hickman, Kentucky to come to Chicago in the year of 1942. He then sent for his family to join him.

Later, when he accepted his call to the ministry, he worked diligently with various pastors. He was a man of faith and he served the Lord with all of his heart and gave freely of his time to the church, while taking care of his family. Mo. Booker was right by his side all the way, never complaining, working "hardly as unto the Lord".

Elder Edward Booker joined Holy Temple  COGIC, under the leadership of Bishop Eleazar Lenox, when the church was located at 2673 W. Lake St. As an Elder in the church he supported the church faithfully. When another church lost its pastor, Bishop Lenox asked Elder Timothy Walker if he would become their pastor, Elder Walker was hesitant until Elder Booker offered to work with him, he was made Assistant Pastor and worked until the Lord led him to start his own church.

Elder Booker started the pastorate in October, 1954 and the church was located at 1801 S. Indiana and the name of the church, at that time, was Prayer Temple COGIC. Shortly after moving to Indiana Av., The Lord gave Pastor Booker the name of Zion Temple COGIC.

Before his death in 1982, Pastor Booker was elevated to Superintendent over the Rock of Ages District (in Southern Illinois Jurisdiction). Mo. Booker continued serving the Lord, without her husband and under the pastorage of her son, Robert E. Booker, until her death in 2008