The History of the Slavic Church in Baltimore.
The work began in 1960 with six adults and several children meeting, under the leadership of Bro. Paul Bajko, in a private home and later in rented facilities of a Methodist Church. On January 22, 1961, TEN people became chartered members. Adam J. Korenczuk began his ministry in June of 1961 and has been serving to the present as Pastor, Sunday School teacher, and Choir director. The congregation purchased its first building in October of 1961, located on S. Broadway. This was a big step for a small congregation but the challenge was taken and sacrificial giving retired the debt very quickly.
In June of 1962, the Church became incorporated, according to the laws of the State of Maryland. With the help of the Department of Missions, the church began its own radio program. On February 6, 1964, the first broadcast aired, and the Gospel of Christ was preached for 27 years in Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian alternating on each Sunday. In January 1970, the congregation became totally self-supporting and began supporting different Mission Programs in Poland, South America, and the U.S.A.
Currently, in addition to home ministries, support is given to our 20 missionaries in, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, and Argentina. To support these and other ministries the church enjoys a sound financial program, firmly believing that giving is a grace and a Christian privilege. In 1971, the building at S. Broadway became too small so the members began searching for more suitable facilities. In March of 1972, the present building was purchased and dedicated on May 28, 1972. The Church became debt free in only TEN months.
The Slavic Church is also unique because of its UNITY. The congregation consists of people of different nationalities: Russian, Ukrainian, Belorussian, Polish, and American. On the Lord’s Day, the Gospel is preached and taught in Russian, English Ukrainian and/or Polish. The congregation reprinted a four-language hymnal, which is also uncommon and is being used in the song service.
On November 29, 1989, the first refugee family, arrived from Riga Latvia via Rome, and following them, the church sponsored many other refugee families and individuals from the former Soviet Union. The church was very instrumental in securing living arrangements, jobs, and facilitated their adaptation to the American way of life. This was the beginning of a new era for the congregation, and now over 20 years later, we continue to thank God for lifting the “iron curtain,” and allowing these many families of sincere believers the opportunity to serve Him, together with us.
The Church has four choirs: the Adult, Youth, Sunday School, and Children’s Choirs. Also, we have a Church Orchestra, Brass Band, Girls, and Instrumental Ensembles. Youth Programs are conducted one Sunday per month and Children’s Programs quarterly. The church enjoys spiritual benefits, from Adult, Youth, and Girls Bible Studies. Celebrating church holidays, the congregation participates in the special programs with poems, vocal, and instrumental solo numbers.
Weekly, in Sunday school classes, lessons are conducted in different languages. 20 workers and 72 pupils each Lord’s Day have Bible classes in the lower premises of
Church. Also, there is a nursery operating for children from 0 to 3 years old. Our youth, in addition to other activities, once a month does a “Good Samaritan” program, visiting Senior Citizens. During the summers assists in summer camps. In 2009 a group of 10 youth and two adults went to the Crimea and helped our Missionary there, with a 2-week Christian summer camp program.
The church was instrumental in sending a sizable donation to sponsor children attending camp. This year, again they are planning the trip. In 2009 the church started its own Summer Camp program, renting the Indian Lake Christian Service Camp facilities. We are planning to continue this program that proved to be so successful. The church throughout its existence, whether on a one-time basis, or continually has helped with the construction of church buildings in the former USSR, and other countries also supported individual Christians, and Christian Organizations worldwide.
Our money helped people who suffered through earthquakes, flooding, fires or other acts of nature. Who can count all those whom the Church has helped? How many prayers, have been offered, how many churches have been encouraged, established, blessed, and inspired? How many believers were united in marriage, baptized, or blessed as they went to be with the Lord?
The Church never turned away anyone who asked for help, physical or spiritual. The Lord keeps a record of whom we helped, as individuals or as a church. Therefore, may the blessings of the Lord fall upon each and everyone, who took part in this blessed labor of Love. “Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory.” (Ps. 115:1)
The History of the First Baptist Church of Kingsville
Born by the Spirit of the Great Commission as a part of the Southern Baptist 30,000 movement involving new church plants.
Prayer meetings began for this new work in Kingsville, in the home of James and Dixie Rodgers on April 28, 1960.
The first meeting place began in IOOF Odd Fellowship Hall located at Upper Falls on June 12, 1960, with 12 present. These meetings were held on Tuesday evenings and were prayer services. Regular Sunday Worship Services began on October 1, 1961. The Old Salem Methodist Church was attained for services on January 7, 1962.
The present eight-acre church site (7128 Sunshine Avenue) was purchased March 5, 1962.
Groundbreaking began August 4, 1963, and two Barracks buildings were acquired from the U.S. Army, and moved to the new church site and renovated and remains at present location. Dedication Service was held on March 15, 1964. The Church was officially constituted on June 19, 1966, with 19 charter members.
The Church is located in Baltimore County; however, it remains in the Susquehanna Baptist Association. It was first sponsored by Upper Cross Roads Baptist Church and later by Oak Grove Baptist Church both of which are located in Harford County and belong to the Susquehanna Baptist Association.
Our present Pastor, Jerry Thompson, has been with the church since January 1983 as a bi-vocational pastor. He worked full-time for the U.S. Army as civilian and retired in April 2004.