Reflections from Rev. Dr. Alfred C. D. Vaughn
The original constitution notes that the Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity was organized in March 3,1908 under leadership of Dr. G.R Waller, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, as president Dr. R.C Woods, who later became president of Virginia Seminary and College, served as secretary.
The conference was organized to be a support base for two major institutions: the Clayton Williams Academy and Theological seminary and the Baptist Orphanage. Key leaders who played important roles in establishing the Conference included Dr. William Alexander of Sharon Baptist Church, Dr. Harvey Johnson of Union Baptist Church, Dr. D.G. Mack of Macedonia Baptist Church, Dr. Annaius Brown of Leadenhall Baptist Church, and Dr. Julius Gray of New Psalmist Baptist Church.
The original dues were 10 cents for joining and 10 cents each month— amounting to $1.20 per year!
This reflection of history requires calling the names of men like Dr. W.H. Winston, Dr. Luke Reynolds, Dr. Nathaniel Wicks, W.H. Thompson, Dr. Ward Yerby, Dr. Issac Williams, Dr. A.D. Nance and Dr. Carlton Cook. The Conference is forever marked by the unselfish leadership they gave. Drs. Williams Hall, J.T. Boddie, John Tilly, and J. Mathews also placed their marks on the Conference. Past musicians include Rev. Evans, Sis Mamie Hall and Rev. E. Jerry Williams. We have also been blessed with Bishop Harold I. Williams, Rev. Richard Ogle, and Dr. William Johnson. Dr. Johnson’s playing was so poor that we decided to make him President (and I cannot be sued because I am simply giving the recorded history).
We thank God for those that founded this great body. Many names are lost to our memories but thank God they are recorded in the Land’s Book of Life.
Through the years, the Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity has been the forefront of leadership and progress on spreading Gods’ word throughout the faith community as well as the community at large. Included among the breakthroughs was the admission of women in 1979 for ordination and membership. In fact, we held the doors open to pastors from Washington, D.C. who were expelled by their conference for ordaining women in their jurisdiction — they exercised their “associate membership” in our conference whenever the need arose.
We certainly cannot thank the saints at the historic Enon Baptist Church enough for hosting our meetings all those many years until 2000, when the location was moved to New Shiloh.
Rev. Dr. Alfred Corrogan Daniel Vaughn, Senior Pastor of Sharon Baptist Church, served as president of the Minsters’ Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity for eight terms over several periods in the history of the organization. He insists that his last term, which ran through the centennial year (2008) , will be his last. It was during his presidency and under his direction that this book was commissioned for the centennial.
Because of his broad and continuing influences, leadership and impact, which extend far beyond the Conference, Dr. Vaughn is considered by many to be the “Pope of ALL the churches of Maryland!”
To be more inclusive, under the leadership of the late President Errol Gilliard, Sr., our name was changed from Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Baltimore & Vicinity to Ministers’ Conference of Baltimore & Vicinity(MCBV) in May, 2016.
In May, 2016, the Conference established a community development corporation, Ministers’ Conference Empowerment Center for the purpose of creating initiatives to support our efforts to fulfill our vision, in particular, to be advocates, seeking “holistic” approaches to achieve positive and continuous outcomes in areas such as:
Civic and social issues affecting our members and communities, including homelessness, at risk youth, public safety; economic development for not only churches, but also communities, entrepreneurs and investors, seeking to generate sustainable income; as well as,
Pastors’ and ministers’ tools for self-healing and preservation; leadership development; evangelism and church growth.