About President and Founder of ZIM
Internationally acclaimed drummer and author, Zoro is known by another name—“The Minister of Groove.” That’s the nickname rock superstar Lenny Kravitz gave him, and it signifies that Zoro is much more than a musician. He’s an ordained minister, someone who cares deeply about people and who wants to see their lives enriched and drawn closer to God.
As a musician, Zoro is second to none. For years, Zoro has amazed fans and fellow musicians alike with his articulate, explosive, and passionate drumming. He has consistently been voted the No. 1 R&B drummer in the world, and he has performed with iconic artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The New Edition, Sean Lennon, Philip Bailey of Earth Wind & Fire, and many others.
Yet the deepest desire of Zoro’s heart is not to secure another platinum record or land one more world tour. Rather, it’s to share a message of meaning and hope to audiences everywhere.
Over the years, Zoro has championed various noble causes. He’s a spokesperson for Compassion International and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, and he’s been honored at the nation’s capital for promoting responsible fatherhood and mentoring as part of the White House Fatherhood Champions of Change program.
Richly gifted as a musician, encourager, and life coach on the topic of godly achievement, Zoro is a kinetic bundle of energy and enthusiasm. His critically acclaimed book, The Big Gig: Big-Picture Thinking for Success, has equipped readers around the world with the tools needed to excel and turn dreams into realities.
Zoro is a loving husband to his wife of 20 years and a dedicated father to his two teenage children.
Zoro’s Media History: Three Decades of Outreach
Through his expansive and purposeful media endeavors, Zoro has had a profound impact on the lives of millions of people with his contagious enthusiasm and practical godly wisdom.
Zoro’s worldwide appeal is evident by his wide-ranging Christian television and radio broadcast guest appearances and feature interviews in a variety of print publications. He has been a recurring guest on shows such as Praise The Lord, Fox News, Enjoying Everyday Life with Joyce Meyer, Billy Graham’s Ransom TV, Pat Robertson’s The 700 Club, James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, Glenn Beck’s Liberty Treehouse, and The Joni Show on Daystar television.
Zoro has contributed to a variety of Christian books and devotionals aimed at young adults, including The One Year Life Verse Devotional and Thrive! 365 Random Thoughts. His articles have appeared in notable publications for the past 30 years.
ZIM: A Brief History
As an ordained minister, Zoro has traveled the world preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, sharing God’s love, and teaching biblical principles of success at churches, schools, festivals, and conferences since 1994.
Teaching at universities has given Zoro myriad opportunities to learn the hearts and plights of young adults, equipping him with the necessary insight to understand and lead them effectively.
Although Zoro grew up fatherless and in poverty, God’s grace and mercy provided a way for him to uniquely come alongside young adults striving to find their way. Being real, relevant, and relatable set the stage for Zoro to become known as a voice for this generation.
In 2009, Zoro established Zoro International Ministries, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) ministry to teach biblically based achievement skills, nurture purpose and offer young adults the insight needed to uncover and pursue God’s dream for their lives.
ZIM’s mission is to develop a rock-solid, Christ-centered foundation that will enable young adults to develop their full potential, fulfill their divine assignments on the earth, and impact the world in Christ’s name as God intended.
A Journey Through Zoro’s Ministry