Zoe Outreach Ministries: A Ministry of Restoration The name “Zoe” which means “Ultimate Life” or “Life with Christ”, “a life of peace and fulfillment” was given to Pastor Hargrove because of our vision to transform the lives of individuals and families through Jesus Christ. Zoe (life) according to I John 5:12 is what we will experience as we give our lives totally to Christ. The name is significant because it tells the unbeliever and unchurched that they can also experience God's peace, acceptance, and joy when they surrender to Christ.

Zoe is strategically located in the inner city of Racine, Wisconsin to provide an eternal answer to those who are in the grip of the enemy. Zoe is a non-denominational, and autonomous church. We are a God-Ordained, Spirit-led, Word-based, Prayer-saturated, and Worship and Praise-filled ministry with a focus on Kingdom Impact in the community.

Our History

Spring 1998 - Zoe Outreach Ministries was founded and established after much praying and fasting by Pastor Melvin Hargrove and First Lady Marie along with a select group of prayer warriors.

December 1998  - Zoe had her first worship service at 625 17th Street Racine WI. 

October 2000 - Moved to new location at 2130 Racine Street Racine WI. Since that time, Zoe has been blessed to acquire additional property on Racine Street in pursuit of our vision to impact the city for the Kingdom.

July 2022-Renovation of church Fellowship Hall



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Zoe Outreach Ministries - Pastor Melvin D. HargrovePastor Melvin D. Hargrove
Founder and Senior Pastor of Zoe Outreach Ministries.

"For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel." (Ezra 7:10)

Pastor Hargrove is a native of Racine, Wisconsin. He has served the Faith-based and Racine community in various ways. Pastor Hargrove has served as a member of the City of Racine’s Police and Fire Commission, and the Planning and Development Commission. He also served eight years on the Racine Unified  School District Board of Education and is committed to many other community service duties. Pastor Hargrove faithfully served in United States Army until he retired after 20 years.

Near and dear to Pastor Hargrove’s heart is the academic achievement gap of the children in Racine County and therefore he is working tirelessly to establish mentoring relationships for students in Racine Unified in order to help them to succeed.

Pastor Hargrove celebrates 35 years of marriage to his wife Marie and is the proud father of three adult children; Isaac, Gabrielle, Kiera and his niece Kaylee Kirksey. 

First Lady Marie Hargrove

Zoe Outreach Ministries - First Lady Marie Hargrove"I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
( Ephes. 4:1-3 NKJV)

First Lady Marie Hargrove assisted her husband, Pastor Melvin D. Hargrove, in founding Zoë Outreach Ministries in December of 1998. Since a very young age, she has had a desire to serve God, develop an intimate relationship with Him and serve His people.

First Lady Marie serves as the Women’s Ministries Leader at Zoë, teaches Sunday School and serves on the Media Ministry Team. Her educational background includes earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Leadership and Development from Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University.

First Lady Marie has been the proud wife of her husband, Pastor Melvin D. Hargrove for the past 35 years and the Lord has given them the responsibility of raising four children; Isaac, Gabrielle, Kiera and Kaylee.

Zoe Outreach Ministries - Elder Ronnie Payne - Elder of FinanceElder Ronnie Payne
Elder of Finance

"The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God  shall stand for ever.  "(Isaiah 40:8)

Ministry Responsibilities: As the Elder of Finance, Elder Payne has the responsibility of insuring that the Church’s financial operations are processed and reported accurately and with integrity. Elder Payne is further responsible for supporting the leadership of ZOE, contributing to the spirit of unity among the staff and congregation, and assisting in maintaining the highest possible ministry standards and professional ethics in accordance with the vision and mission statements of Zoe Outreach Ministries.

Elder Payne is also a Minister, Sunday School Teacher and he leads Zoe’s Prayer Ministry. Elder Payne has the responsibility of standing in for the Pastor in his absence. Elder Payne is known to display high praise and compassion on a regular basis. He highlights how essential it is to love one another by having a sincere concern for the physical and spiritual well-being of each other.  He is affectionately known as “The Elder of Love.”

Elder Payne is married to Dannetta and he is the father of four children, twin daughters, Monique McKnight & Marshlli Hamilton, Ronnie Payne and Michelle Payne. Elder Payne is devoted to his loving wife and children. Elder Payne is an avid Green Bay Packer & LA Lakers fan and he takes great pleasure in golfing.