Zao MKE is a Jesus Rooted, Justice Centered, and Radically Inclusive church of diverse folks in Milwaukee. Zao was formed in 2016 and began worshiping in the building at 2319 N Kenwood Blvd in the fall of 2018.
The congregation has since undertaken several projects to restore the church building, including re-plastering sections of the main sanctuary and repairing the aging roof.
The church building was formerly home to Kenwood United Methodist Episcopal Church from 1928 to 2018. Dedicated on New Year’s Eve, the building is an example of late gothic revival architecture and was designed by famed Milwaukee architects Cornelius Leenhouts and Hugh Guthrie. It is constructed of rough-face limestone with carved stone trim. During its early years, the church served as a community center for the Upper East Side of Milwaukee, and contains a full-sized gymnasium, auditorium, chapel, and dozens of classrooms, in addition to the main sanctuary. The gymnasium and classrooms in the church are leased to the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee for recreation classes. The congregation also operates The Depot, a distribution center of supplies for grass-roots protests and street action.
Visitors to Zao MKE Church can tour the building’s exterior and sanctuary and view a narrated timeline of the church’s history. Tours are self-guided, and docents will be available to answer questions.
2319 E Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee, WI, USA
10 am - 5 pm
12 pm - 5 pm
Photography, Video, Tripods Permitted