A new pastor and deacon, a new move, graduates, and churches partnering together to serve their communities in the name of Jesus. Let us sing, “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow!”
Westminster Baptist Church called Matt McMillan as senior pastor. McMillan formerly served as a teaching/student pastor at Five Stone Church, Dallas, Texas.
He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a degree in Christian studies with a dual emphasis in theology and ministry, and a master of divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is pursuing his doctorate in Christian leadership from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
His father, Bart McMillan is a chaplain through the North American Mission board and an intentional interim pastor in various Churches. Matt’s wife, Rachel, is a full-time mommy to their two-year-old daughter, Everleigh.
Congratulations to the following graduates from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary: Jean Frénel Mésidor of Bowie, Md., who earned a master of arts degree in Christian studies, and J. Eric Sorrell of Baltimore, who earned a master of divinity degree in Christian ministry. Congratulations, also, to the following who graduated from The College at Southeastern: Jordan Taylor Nerney of Bel Air, Md., who earned a bachelor of arts in global studies; and Margaret Rose Kelly, also of Bel Air, who earned a master of arts in intercultural studies.
North Glen Community Church, Glen Burnie, ordained Warren Henley as a deacon on May 6. Henley has been a longtime member of the church and serves as a Sunday school teacher and lends a hand in many ministries as needed. He has a passion for the Word of God and studied at Baltimore School of the Bible.
Pastor Paul Bachman shared about the deacon ministry during the Sunday morning service. Afterward, Bachman and other ordained leaders laid hands on and prayed over Henley. The church had a fellowship meal following the service.
East Baltimore Graffiti Church purchased a building after raising $40,000 in 45 days. On his Facebook page, Pastor Charlie Brown wrote, “Sunday (May 6) at the end of our worship service, we walked across the street to 2401-03 Greenmount Avenue to give God praise for East Baltimore Graffiti Church’s new home. We have so much for which to be thankful. Thank you to all of our Graffiti friends and partners who are making this journey possible! Come and join us this summer as we renovate this 9,773 sq. ft, 3 story building together! People are coming to Jesus on Greenmount Avenue!”
Brown said the much-needed space will triple the church’s worship capacity on Sunday mornings and give them space for children’s worship.
“We will be able to install a kitchen to assist us as we prepare and serve over 7,000 meals a year. We look forward to installing showers, washers and dryers, and bunk style space for mission teams. These amenities will also allow us to serve our homeless friends more effectively. We will also build out apartments on the second and third floors which will provide income for Graffiti Church when they are rented, wrote Brown in an email, explaining the church is serving the underserved in East Baltimore.
On May 6, Faith Baptist Church Glen Burnie, partnered with Abundant Life Church and Arundel Christian Church for their “Better Together” initiative to work together to love their community in the name of Jesus. Almost 400 people participated, washing cars, cleaning open spaces, washing cars and serving food.
FBC Pastor Tim Byer said, “Our ‘Better Together’ outreach day was amazing! It was so much fun hanging out with our brothers and sisters from Arundel Christian Church and Abundant Life Church. Then we ended the weekend with (Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware Executive Director) Dr. Kevin Smith wrapping up our “Better Together” series with a message titled, “The Church is a Bride.”
Prior to the event, Byer pastors rotated pulpits for a three-week series. “We spoke of the church being a building, a branch, the body, and the bride,” Byer said.