Since August 22, 1971, when one of God’s Chosen men was elected as its Pastor, Little Zion has been blessed to have its history and the life of one Walter Hardy, Jr. intertwined. Upon graduating from Booker T. Washington High School, Rev. Hardy attended the University of New Orleans and the Union Baptist Theological Seminary where he received his BTH Degree on May 11, 1966 and his MTH Degree on May 13, 1970. Rev. Hardy received his Doctorate Degree on May 14, 1997. He was licensed by the late Dr. Arthur Monday, Jr. on April 12, 1964 and on July 27, 1967, he was ordained by the First District Baptist Association at the Pure Light Baptist Church.
Pastor Hardy remains a humble servant to the Most High God with a simple motto … “If I can help somebody as I pass this way, then my living will not be in vain … and … May the work I’ve done, speak for me.”
Throughout Pastor Hardy’s history with Zion, he has also been an active example of Godliness in leadership in the area. He stands out as a good example of what God expects of His anointed. He serves or has served in many prestigious capacities in local, state and national organizations, including holding various Offices in the Ideal Missionary and Educational Association of New Orleans.