Grace Baptist Church of Odenton began as a church plant from Grace Baptist Church in Bowie on September 10, 2000. Grace in Bowie has always had a focus on the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world. And they decided they wanted to try to reach an area right up the road – about 10 minutes away.
About 10 families made the commitment to visit homes in the area and start Bible studies in communities where they were welcomed. After about 6 months of community outreach, we started at Ridgeway Elementary School in Severn.
We have been through many ups and downs over the years. Being right outside a military base, we have seen many families come and go. We often joke that our church has now sent our members all over the US and even all over the world!
We have moved many times in our short history, renting facilities at 2 different elementary schools, 2 office parks, and now 2 different buildings on a local dairy farm. Currently, we are in a rebuilding stage as the Lord has led us to a time in our history where a number of (now-former) members have moved either out of state or to other local congregations.
Our church has always had a single focus. 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” This verse forms the basis of our existence. We are God’s church who is here to proclaim the excellencies of God.
As we look to the future, we are unsure of exactly what God has planned for us. We are here totally by God’s design. Everything that has happened to us in the past is completely by God’s providence. But we also are called to make plans for growth, both spiritually and numerically. Some of our plans included continued and increased “service evangelism” in our area, leadership training and equipping both here and abroad, the planting of new churches, the establishment of an effective ministry-equipping program, continued ministry effectiveness and commensurate growth, and the meeting of facilities challenges as we face them!