Our History

In 1962, four Baltimore Community Church pastors wanted to preserve the noble heritage that was transmitted to them by the late Reverend Dr. Wilbur H. Waters (pastor of Emmanuel Christian Community Church, 1937 to 1956) and also prepare the way for more effective cooperation. 

 

They came together and organized the United Council of Christian Community Churches of Maryland and Vicinity. The first session of the Council was held in August 1963 at Emmanuel Christian Community Church. 

The four founding pastors were:
Rev. Sidney Daniels
Rev. Sidney Daniels

Emmanuel C.C. Church

Rev. Theodore C. Jackson, Sr.
Rev. Theodore C. Jackson, Sr.

Gillis Memorial C.C. Church

Rev. George W. Baynard
Rev. George W. Baynard

Shiloh C.C. Church

Rev. Edward M. Revels
Rev. Edward M. Revels

St. Paul C.C. Church

What is a Community Church?

In the words of the late Reverend Dr. J. Ralph Shotwell (1927-2010) former Council Executive Director of the National Council of Community Churches: 
 

“A Community Church may be described as a congregation in which denominational loyalties have been made subservient to the local religious program,  in which toleration of religious opinion is coupled with earnest faith in Jesus Christ and in which Christianity is thought of as involving a program of character-building and community service.

 

A community church is one that seeks to be inclusive rather than exclusive.  Persons coming from different denominational backgrounds and religious traditions learning to worship and work together, learn to emphasize those beliefs which are held common and not let other differences be disruptive of the unity for which Christ prayed.

 

More so than in any other church, a member in a Community Church has the right and responsibility of individual conscience. 

More so than a church in any other movement, a member church has self-governing rights and responsibilities, autonomy, freedom to structure its own worship, work and witness. 

 

More so than a church in any other movement, a Community Church can promote “Unity without Uniformity.” 

 

Members of a Community Church “agree to differ, resolve to love, unite to serve.”   

 

Past Presidents

1962-1966
1962-1966

George W. Baynard (Deceased) Shiloh C.C. Church

1966-1970
1966-1970

Rev. Theodore Clifton Jackson, Sr. (Deceased) Gillis Memorial C.C. Church

1970-1974
1970-1974

Rev. Sidney Daniels (Deceased) Emmanuel C.C. Church

1974-1978
1974-1978

Rev. Tommie L. Jenkins (Deceased) St. John C.C. Church

1978-1982
1978-1982

Rev. Benjamin Ball (Deceased) St. Luke C.C. Church

1982-1986
1982-1986

Rev. Dr. Charles White (Deceased) New Faith C.C. Church

1986-1990
1986-1990

Rev. Theodore C. Jackson Jr. (Deceased) Gillis Memorial C.C. Church

1990-1994
1990-1994

Rev. Kevin Rogers (Deceased) New Fellowshop C.C. Church

1994-1998
1994-1998

Rev. Earl Tucker (Deceased) New Bethel C.C. Church

1998-2002
1998-2002

Rev. Edward McClurkin First Mount Carmel C.C. Church

2002-2004
2002-2004

Bishop Dr. Durant K. Harvin, III Greater Emmanuel C.C. Church

2004-2014
2004-2014

Rev. Jimmy C. Baldwin Shiloh C.C. Church

2014-2018
2014-2018

Pastor Lawrence Bryant Pleasant Grove C.C. Church

Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us to Christ Jesus before the world began. 

II Timothy 1:9