Baltimore Places of Worship

Baltimore Places of Worship

Baltimore Places of Worship are remarkable as they are historic in many denominations. It includes a church as old as 1787, a church that had a former slave as pastor, churches served on the Underground Railroad and one of the preeminent female pastors in the nation.

Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church
DESCRIPTION: Founded 1787, the church also founded a day school for African Americans children in 1797. The first building was acquired at 112-116 Sharp Street in 1802, and was the first church building owned by African Americans. It is the “Mother Church” of Black Methodists in Maryland. In 1825, thirteen members were pioneers in the settlement of Liberia. In 1836, Frederick Douglass sang in the choir. In 1848, Prince Hall Masons resided at the church. In 1867, Centenary Institute, the predecessor to Morgan State College was established at the church. The church moved to its current location in 1898. A National Historic Landmark, the church owns Mount Auburn Cemetery, which is historically Black.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 1206 Etting Street, Baltimore, MD MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: State Center Metro Station
PHONE: 410-523-7200
WEBSITE: http://www.sharpstreet.org

Bethel AME Church
DESCRIPTION: Founded just after 1787 by Rev Daniel Coker, it is the oldest independent black institution in the city. Bethel AME features a stunning Afrocentric mural in the sanctuary. One of the largest AME congregations in the nation.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 7a, 9a, 11a
ADDRESS: 1300 North Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: State Center Metro Station
PHONE: 410-523-4273
WEBSITE: http://www.bethel1.org

Union Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1852, with Rev. Harvey Johnson as pastor. Rev. Johnson also founded the Colored Convention in 1898, the convention evolved into today’s United Baptist Association.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 1219 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: State Center Metro Station
PHONE: 410-523-6880
WEBSITE: http://unionbaptistbalt.org

First Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: Founded 1836 by Moses Clayton, who was formerly enslaved and became a lay minister. The original church was built by slaves and still contains artifacts such as pictures, newspapers, manumission papers and other memorabilia on display.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 525 North Caroline Street, Baltimore, MD MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: Johns Hopkins Metro Station
PHONE: 410-675-2333
Website: none

Enon Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: One of the oldest Black Baptist churches in the city.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 601 North Schroeder Street, Baltimore, MD MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: State Center Metro Station
PHONE: 410-728-1490
WEBSITE: none

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and St. Francis Academy
DESCRIPTION: Established in 1864, it is the oldest African American Catholic Church in the nation. The high school academy is operated by the Oblate Sisters of Providence. 95% of recent graduates went on to college.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 7:30a, 10a & 12:15p
ADDRESS: 1501 East Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: Johns Hopkins Metro Station
PHONE: 410-727-3103
WEBSITE: http://www.josephite.com/parish/md/sfx

Leadenhall Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1873, the church stands as the second oldest black church edifice in Baltimore and is one of the largest. It has many notable community outreach programs in South Baltimore. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 1021 Leadenhall Street, Baltimore, MD MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: M&T Bank Stadium Metro Station
PHONE: 410-539-9334
WEBSITE: none

Payne Memorial AME Church
DESCRIPTION: Founded 1897, it was the church home Rev. Dr. Vashti McKensie before her appointment as the first female AME bishop.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 1714 Madison Avenue, Baltimore, MD MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: Upton Metro Station
PHONE: 410-669-8739
WEBSITE: http://www.paynememorialame.org

Lafayette Square Church
DESCRIPTION: Today known as Metropolitan United Methodist Church, this church location can be traced to the leadership of Truman Pratt, founder of Orchard Street Church. He led prayer meetings here in 1825.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 10a
ADDRESS: 1121 West Lanvale Street, Baltimore, MD MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: none
PHONE: 410-523-1366
WEBSITE: none

St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church
DESCRIPTION: Founded 1888, it is the first parish in the world dedicated to St Peter Claver, Apostle for Slaves. The church also runs one of the oldest private elementary schools for African Americans in the country.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 8a & 11:30a
ADDRESS: 1546 North Fremont Avenue, Baltimore, MD MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: Upton Metro Station
PHONE: 410-669-0512
WEBSITE: none

United House of Prayer for All People
DESCRIPTION: One of the youngest and fastest growing congregations in Baltimore with a massive beautiful church
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 10:30a
ADDRESS: 3401 Edgewood Road, Baltimore, MD MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: West Coldspring Metro Station
PHONE: 410-542-5300
WEBSITE: none

Muhammad Mosque #6
DESCRIPTION: The Baltimore NOI congregation meets here
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 10a
ADDRESS: 3306 Garrison Blvd, Baltimore, MD MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: West Coldspring Metro Station
PHONE: 410-367-9371
WEBSITE: http://www.noibaltimore.org

Mount Gilboa AME Church
DESCRIPTION: Benjamin Banneker (1737-1806) worshipped at this site before the current church was built. Nearly all the land you can see from this church was owned by Banneker. Without an heir to pass the land to, he arranged for his property to go to one nephew and the Ellicott Brothers. Banneker’s honorary grave site with obelisk is next to the church. The church is on the National Registry of Historic Places.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 2312 Westchester Avenue, Catonsville, MD MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: none
PHONE: 410-461-7126
WEBSITE: none

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