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September 22, 2005

Washington County is home to about 200 houses of worship with diversification fueled by language or doctrine or both.

One of the newer congregations was formed in the spring of 2005 by a group of immigrants from Belarus, which formerly was part of the Soviet Union.

Separated by language, but brought together by faith, two congregations of Assembly of God members - one Belarussian and one American - now are worshipping in the same house of God.

The group, which numbers between 35 and 40 men, women and children, holds fellowship services Sundays at 2 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Zion Assembly of God, 13814 Village Mill Drive in Maugansville.


At the pulpit is Eugene Brodov, ordained in the Assemblies of God denomination in May 2005. He speaks only Russian, but through his two children, it was learned that the Brodov family emigrated to America in 2003 from Belarus.

Before coming to Zion, the Brodovs and others from their homeland attended services at Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren. Because they and others were affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination, they had been looking for a place to call home.

Several other families who gravitated to the church echoed that religious freedom was their reason for coming to America and now to Zion Assembly of God in Maugansville.

For more information about the Russian language services, call 301-739-3888 or 301-733-3790.

Other congregations worshipping in the area include:

  • Gateway Ministries

    Md. 63 at Kemps Mill Road, Williamsport

    Spanish services Saturday at 6 p.m.

    Telephone: 301-582-4595

  • Hagerstown Latino Church of the Nazarene

    141 N. Edgewood Drive, Hagerstown

    Latino services are Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Services are in Spanish.

    Telephone: 301-797-4524

  • Iglesia Adventista del Septimo Dia (Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church)

    17805 Sherman Ave., Hagerstown

    For more information, call 301-824-7882 or send e-mail to

  • The Islamic Society of Western Maryland

    2036 Day Road, Hagerstown

    Telephone: 301-797-0922

  • Korean Church

    Meets at Bethel Assembly of God, 515 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown

    Telephone: 301-739-1167

    Services Sunday at 11 a.m.; English-speaking Bible study Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday prayer/music service at 7 p.m.

  • Living Water Church of Hagerstown (Korean Baptist Church)

    20716 Lehman's Mill Road

    For more information, call the Rev. Yang Sook Lee at 301-797-0611.

  • St. Catherine's Eastern Orthodox Church

    433 Liberty St., Hagerstown

    Telephone: 301-790-2616

  • Tibetan Meditation Center (Buddhist)

    9301 Gambrill Park Road, Frederick, Md.

    Telephone: 301-473-5750

  • Zion Assembly of God

    13814 Village Mill Drive, Maugansville

    Offers Russian services at the church Sundays at 2 p.m. and Wednesday prayer service at 7 p.m.

    Telephone: 301-582-0785.

For more information on houses of worship in your area, call the Rev. Stephen Robison, president of the Washington County Council of Churches, at 301-739-9386.

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