In February 1967, Pastor Marvin Simpson was called as the first pastor of Bethany Lane Baptist Chapel. Shortly thereafter, on July 7, 1968, Bethany Lane Baptist Church was constituted by action of the Baltimore Baptist Association. The congregation of Fulton Avenue Baptist Church voted to transfer 118 of its members by letter to become charter members of Bethany Lane Baptist Church. Thirty years later, Fulton Avenue Baptist Church, the mother church of Bethany Lane Baptist, ceased its morning worship services.
Having been seeded through the evangelistic heart of its mother church, the congregation of Bethany Lane Baptist Church thrived. In September, 1968, the church added a second Sunday morning worship service (combined attendance on the anniversary of being constituted was 199). In the fall of 1970, the church launched its first "Together We Build" Capital Campaign to raise funds for a sanctuary seating 320, and a multi-purpose Fellowship Hall/educational unit. The building was dedicated on April 23, 1972, and the original chapel was converted to education space.
Over the years since its founding, Bethany Lane Baptist Church has had four pastors. Its current pastor, the Reverend J. Kiplan Smith (and wife, Debra), became pastor in September, 1991. Full-time ministerial staff include Minister of Music (Reverend Sherrie McKay), Minister of Youth (Reverend Dennis Allen), and Minister of Children (Mrs. Rachel Williams Parson). A child care center was added in 1973, and its current director is Mrs. Patty Rau.
After fifty years of ministry in Howard County, Maryland, the heart of our Lord continues to be revealed through the ministries of Bethany Lane Baptist Church. May Jesus’ words forever ring true for the whole history of the people of God:
... Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. "For in this case the saying is true, 'One sows and another reaps.' I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor." John 4:35-38.
It is our prayer that God will continue to grow His church, and that the seed sown so many years ago by our Lord’s death on the cross will continue to bear fruit. Hope to see you soon!