Bishop William M. Polley, founder of Zion Christian Assembly, was born in Middletown, OH and received his education in the Franklin Ohio school system. He further continued his education at The Ohio State University, Aenon Bible College, Muskingum Technical School, Liberty University, Christian Bible College and The International Apostolic University of Grace and Truth. He held a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Education, a certificate in HealthCare Management, a Master of Ministry in Christian Counseling and a Doctorate of Ministry.
Bishop Polley accepted the call into the ministry in October 1967 and was ordained into Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. in July, 1971. In July 2003 he founded Zion Christian Assembly and served as Senior Pastor until his passing in 2019. In July 2005, Bishop Polley was elevated to the Bishopric and in July 2007 he was appointed to the position of Vice Presiding Bishop of the Greater Emmanuel International Fellowship.
Bishop Polley was an active member of the Columbus community justice organization, B.R.E.A.D. (Building Responsibility Equality and Dignity), having served as Co-President for two years and C-CAM (Central Columbus Alliance of Ministers). He also served as a member of the Mayor’s Religious Advisory Council.
Bishop Polley was married to the former Patricia J. Conley and together had two daughters and five grandchildren.