The Ministers’ Conference of Baltimore & Vicinity, (A.K.A. Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Baltimore & Vicinity), serving churches, communities, and preachers, throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan Region for more than 110 years
We are committed to organizing and galvanizing clergy within Baltimore City and surrounding communities for positive change to create a pathway to quality lifestyles for ALL. MCBV:
Creates a framework for ministers to come together for a period of spiritual and social renewal, as well as an opportunity for preachers to fellowship with one another, sharing challenging experiences they face, meeting the needs of their members and communities they serve.
We will work to become advocates, seeking “holistic” approaches to achieve positive and continuous outcomes in areas such as:
Pastors’ and ministers’ tools for self-healing and preservation, leadership development; evangelism and church growth;
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;
Women in ministry, removing barriers that get in the way of women in church leadership; and
Using technology and social media to help us spread the Good News Story About God and our ministries!!
We will accomplish the aforementioned through committees such as Christian Education and Ministry Challenge, Civic Action, Economic Development, Sick and Benevolent, Women in Ministry and Young Preachers in Ministry.
We are driven and motivated by the example of Christ; to help those in need; to give confidence to those who have become overwhelmed by life's challenges; and to shine light into the dark places of humanity. We want for persons to experience abundant life. (Micah 6:8, Matthew 9:12-13, John 10:9-10)
Articles of Faith
The churches of the Ministers’ Conference of Baltimore & Vicinity, Inc. generally ascribe to the following Articles of Faith:
I. The Scriptures.
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us, and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.
II. The True GOD.
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
III. The Fall of Man.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgressions fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.
IV. The Way of Salvation.
We believe that the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Saviour.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood; by virtue of which faith his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
VI. The Freeness of Salvation.
We believe that the Scriptures teach that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own determined depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
We believe that the Scriptures teach that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith, and newness of life.
VIII. Repentance of Faith
We believe the Scriptures teach that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our prophet, priest and king, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Saviour.
IX. GOD's Purpose of Grace.
We believe the Scriptures teach that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means especially the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.
XI. Perseverance of Saints.
We believe the Scriptures teach that such only are real believers as endure to the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
XII. The Law and Gospel.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government; that it is holy, just and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts, arise entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and of the Means of Grace connected with the establishment of the visible church.
XIII. A Gospel Church.
We believe the Scriptures teach that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only scriptural officers are Bishops or Pastors, and Deacons whose Qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
XIV. Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
XV. The Christian Sabbath.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day, or Christian Sabbath, and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations, by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public, and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God.
XVI. Civil Government.
We believe the Scriptures teach that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the Kings of the earth.
XVII. Righteous and Wicked.
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.
XVIII. The World to Come.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day, Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave for final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.
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.
Our Past Presidents (Living)
Dr. A. C. D. Vaughn
June, 1974 –December, 1976
Dr. Leroy Fitts
January, 1981-October, 1981
Dr. A. C. D. Vaughn
January, 1984-December, 1985
Dr. Walter S. Thomas
January, 1986-December, 1987
Dr. J. L. Carter
Dr. Willie S. Chambers
Dr. Carl L. Washington
January, 1999-December, 2000
Dr. A. C. D. Vaughn
January, 2000-December, 2001
Dr. R. Lee Johnson
January, 2002-December, 2005
Dr. Alfred C. D.Vaughn
January, 2006-December, 2008
Dr. Walter Bronson, Jr.
January, 2009, December, 2011
Dr. John A. Lunn, Sr.
January, 2011, December, 2014