This church just honored its iconic past. Now a dynamic young pastor wants to help it move forward
Dr. Chauncey Pierre Harrison, pastor of Zion Baptist Church. - Alejandro A. Alvarez/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

PHILADELPHIA — The Rev. Dr. Chauncey Pierre Harrison looked barely older than a teenager when he stepped into the pulpit at Zion Baptist Church for the first time as a guest preacher at age 26. But Harrison, now 32, and in his fourth year as Zion’s senior pastor, has shown no fear about taking a position once held by the late Rev. Leon H. Sullivan, a civil rights and human rights giant. Asked if he ever felt overwhelmed about leading the historic North Philadelphia church, at 3601 N. Broad St., Harrison didn’t miss a beat when he answered: “I started preaching when I was 16 years old. God call...