EMBC History 

Just as King David gathered the aliens in the land of Israel to begin building the house of God (1 Chronicles 22:1-3), so did the Rev. Dr. Willie D. McClung, Pastor of the Holt Street Memorial Baptist Church of Montgomery, Alabama, who gathered the officials together. The charge to plant a church ministry in Baltimore, Maryland with Holt Street Memorial Baptist as its cultivator was presented to the Rev. Willie D. McClung, II, on Saturday, May 24, 2003. After much discussion, the meeting was closed in prayer, awaiting the answer from Rev. McClung, II.

 

On Sunday, May 25, 2003, Rev. Willie D. McClung, II, after much thought, discussion, fervent prayer, and supplication, accepted the charge of the Holt Street Memorial Baptist Church to sow a church ministry in Baltimore, Maryland. Rev. Dr. McClung blessed his son and daughter-in-law (Maria) with the peace that “the Lord is with you, and may you prosper, and build the house of the Lord your God, as He said to you. Only may the Lord give you wisdom and understanding, and give you charge concerning your people…Be strong and of good courage; do not fear nor be dismayed” (1 Chronicles 22:11-13).

 

Upon returning from Alabama, Rev. W. D. McClung, II began to share the charge with a few persons: Jonas M. Garland, LaShawn Fields, and Otha Thorne. In sharing, each person prayerfully considered the request of his or her good friend. Having discussed the request with their family, each person answered the cry to assist in beginning a new ministry in God’s vineyard, thus becoming the organizing  members.

 

The members held their first meeting on Thursday, June 12, 2003, at 7 pm in Randallstown, Maryland. The purpose of the meeting was to bring the organizing members together and on one accord to set forth documents, discussion of a name, governing, a place of worship, etc. Rev. McClung, II, challenged each member to stay prayed up and to truly seek God’s will for guidance and direction in this new ministry.

 

On Friday, June 27, 2003, Emmaus Missionary Baptist Church was incorporated as a religious body under the laws of the great State of Maryland in Baltimore County.

 

On Friday, August 1, 2003, Rev. Dr. Willie McClung, moderator, met with the organizing members to review their progress, provide counsel and guidance in organizational structure of the church, and to preside in the election of pastor. It was on this day that the Emmaus Missionary Baptist Church called the Rev. W. D. McClung, II, as its Pastor. As his first official duty, Rev. McClung, II extended the invitation to discipleship and at that time 3 members joined the Emmaus church family.

 

God led the members to a place of temporary worship at Deer Park Elementary School with Mrs. Iris Steele as principal. Having given her approval, the Emmaus Missionary Baptist Church held its first worship service on Sunday, August 10, 2003, and on this day nine persons united with the Emmaus church family.

 

“And you are witnesses of these thing; Behold, I sent the promise of My father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are subdued with power from on high” (Luke 24:48-49). For “upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.”

 

January 21, 2004, marked Emmaus’ first Annual Church meeting. This night was set aside for the Pastor and Church to give an account of its stewardship for the year 2003.

 

As we began to reflect on God’s goodness, the Emmaus Church Family was in awe at His wondrous works both spiritually and financially. All financial obligations were met and current, equipment and books were purchased in order to carry out our worship services, including Baptism and Communion. We began our tape ministry at the first public worship service. The Music Ministry was developed with the Mass Choir conducting our song services.

 

The year 2004 was a time of celebration and commitment for Emmaus as its ministries began to develop. In that year, the Lord blessed us to accomplish the following: Add 47 members to the EMBC Church body; establish a Building Fund; host the 1st Annual Black History Banquet; participate in our State Convention’s “Church-wide Institute”; conduct our first Music workshop; allow 52 of us to travel to Alabama to celebrate Moderator, Rev. Dr. W. D. McClung’s 12th Pastoral Anniversary of the Holt Street Memorial Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama; establish the Youth ministry as well as allow the youth to serve every 3rd Sunday of the month; establish the Sacred Dance Ministry and purchase its first dance attire; celebrate our first Church Anniversary with Rev. Restia Whitaker for the morning service and Pastor Edward McLaurin and the Collective Christian Ministries that evening; celebrate our Pastor’s 1st Anniversary with Dr. W. D. McClung, and the Holt Street Memorial Baptist Church of Montgomery, Alabama; ordain our first two deacons, recognize one deacon, and establish the Diaconate with the Rev. Marlow Mitchell and the Rising Sun Baptist Church of Washington, D.C.; have our Emmaus Women of Women’s Ministry host their first Retreat held at Mt. Washington Conference Center with Sis. Carmie Washington-Turner as the guest speaker; host our first wedding at the Church; establish and host our first Family and Friends Day the 2nd Sunday in November; feed 50 people for Thanksgiving; host a Gospel Explosion filled with music and sacred dance.  It was Emmaus’ first full calendar year as a church family and that year demonstrated what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

 

As the year 2005 rings in, another blissful year begins for the Emmaus Church Family. The ministries are operating under the anointing. Our worship services are growing in spirit and numbers. Our Pastor, the Intercessory Prayer Ministry and the Women of Excellence challenged our church family to a day of prayer and fasting. When Christians discipline themselves through prayer, fasting and reading the Word, their lives become part of God’s spiritual armor on earth in which the Body of Christ can be used to demolish spiritual barriers and set the captives free. Wednesdays from 6 AM until 6 PM became a day like none other. Emmaus united on one accord praying for our church and its needs and on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 until 7:30 PM, members joined our Intercessory Prayer Ministry for a good ole’ fashioned, knee bending prayer and praise service. Our Bible study grew in numbers as we thirst for the knowledge of and a deeper relationship with our Lord and Savior.

 

In March 2005, we secured our trade mark/logo to now represent our experience. We also began to actively search for a new home site. With the vision God gave to our Pastor, the Emmaus church family gathered together to raise an offering to secure land/or property for the building of His temple. On Thursday, June 30, 2005, Pastor and Sis. McClung, II, closed on the church’s new home and property address of 9928 Lyon Mills Road, Owings Mills, MD, 21117. This property, formerly owned by Ms. Anna Smith, is located approximately ½ mile up from our current location and is nestled within a warm and family oriented community. Our home sits on 1.6 acres of good usable land and shares a backyard with the Northwest Regional Park. Praise the Lord! July 13, 2005, the Intercessory Prayer Ministry held the first meeting of the church with Prayer and Praise.

 

On July 23, 2005, Pastor and Sis. McClung, II, greeted our new neighbors, establishing a warm relationship with one another. God continues to move mightily with our church family. As His Word continues to go forth, souls are being saved and as of July 31, 2005, our membership is at 121 and enlarging. What a mighty God we SERVE!

 

 

 

 

9:30am Sunday School

10:45am Worship Service

1:30 - 2:30pm Bible Study

 

11:30-12:30pm Midday Bible Study

6:30pm Intercessory Prayer

7:00pm Bible Study

 

Upon returning from Alabama, Rev. W. D. McClung, II began to share the charge with a few persons: Jonas M. Garland, LaShawn Fields, and Otha Thorne. In sharing, each person prayerfully considered the request of his or her good friend. Having discussed the request with their family, each person answered the cry to assist in beginning a new ministry in God’s vineyard, thus becoming the organizing  members.

 

The members held their first meeting on Thursday, June 12, 2003, at 7 pm in Randallstown, Maryland. The purpose of the meeting was to bring the organizing members together and on one accord to set forth documents, discussion of a name, governing, a place of worship, etc. Rev. McClung, II, challenged each member to stay prayed up and to truly seek God’s will for guidance and direction in this new ministry.

 

On Friday, June 27, 2003, Emmaus Missionary Baptist Church was incorporated as a religious body under the laws of the great State of Maryland in Baltimore County.

 

On Friday, August 1, 2003, Rev. Dr. Willie McClung, moderator, met with the organizing members to review their progress, provide counsel and guidance in organizational structure of the church, and to preside in the election of pastor. It was on this day that the Emmaus Missionary Baptist Church called the Rev. W. D. McClung, II, as its Pastor. As his first official duty, Rev. McClung, II extended the invitation to discipleship and at that time 3 members joined the Emmaus church family.

 

God led the members to a place of temporary worship at Deer Park Elementary School with Mrs. Iris Steele as principal. Having given her approval, the Emmaus Missionary Baptist Church held its first worship service on Sunday, August 10, 2003, and on this day nine persons united with the Emmaus church family.

 

“And you are witnesses of these thing; Behold, I sent the promise of My father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are subdued with power from on high” (Luke 24:48-49). For “upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.”

 

January 21, 2004, marked Emmaus’ first Annual Church meeting. This night was set aside for the Pastor and Church to give an account of its stewardship for the year 2003.

 

As we began to reflect on God’s goodness, the Emmaus Church Family was in awe at His wondrous works both spiritually and financially. All financial obligations were met and current, equipment and books were purchased in order to carry out our worship services, including Baptism and Communion. We began our tape ministry at the first public worship service. The Music Ministry was developed with the Mass Choir conducting our song services.

 

The year 2004 was a time of celebration and commitment for Emmaus as its ministries began to develop. In that year, the Lord blessed us to accomplish the following: Add 47 members to the EMBC Church body; establish a Building Fund; host the 1st Annual Black History Banquet; participate in our State Convention’s “Church-wide Institute”; conduct our first Music workshop; allow 52 of us to travel to Alabama to celebrate Moderator, Rev. Dr. W. D. McClung’s 12th Pastoral Anniversary of the Holt Street Memorial Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama; establish the Youth ministry as well as allow the youth to serve every 3rd Sunday of the month; establish the Sacred Dance Ministry and purchase its first dance attire; celebrate our first Church Anniversary with Rev. Restia Whitaker for the morning service and Pastor Edward McLaurin and the Collective Christian Ministries that evening; celebrate our Pastor’s 1st Anniversary with Dr. W. D. McClung, and the Holt Street Memorial Baptist Church of Montgomery, Alabama; ordain our first two deacons, recognize one deacon, and establish the Diaconate with the Rev. Marlow Mitchell and the Rising Sun Baptist Church of Washington, D.C.; have our Emmaus Women of Women’s Ministry host their first Retreat held at Mt. Washington Conference Center with Sis. Carmie Washington-Turner as the guest speaker; host our first wedding at the Church; establish and host our first Family and Friends Day the 2nd Sunday in November; feed 50 people for Thanksgiving; host a Gospel Explosion filled with music and sacred dance.  It was Emmaus’ first full calendar year as a church family and that year demonstrated what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

 

As the year 2005 rings in, another blissful year begins for the Emmaus Church Family. The ministries are operating under the anointing. Our worship services are growing in spirit and numbers. Our Pastor, the Intercessory Prayer Ministry and the Women of Excellence challenged our church family to a day of prayer and fasting. When Christians discipline themselves through prayer, fasting and reading the Word, their lives become part of God’s spiritual armor on earth in which the Body of Christ can be used to demolish spiritual barriers and set the captives free. Wednesdays from 6 AM until 6 PM became a day like none other. Emmaus united on one accord praying for our church and its needs and on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 until 7:30 PM, members joined our Intercessory Prayer Ministry for a good ole’ fashioned, knee bending prayer and praise service. Our Bible study grew in numbers as we thirst for the knowledge of and a deeper relationship with our Lord and Savior.

 

In March 2005, we secured our trade mark/logo to now represent our experience. We also began to actively search for a new home site. With the vision God gave to our Pastor, the Emmaus church family gathered together to raise an offering to secure land/or property for the building of His temple. On Thursday, June 30, 2005, Pastor and Sis. McClung, II, closed on the church’s new home and property address of 9928 Lyon Mills Road, Owings Mills, MD, 21117. This property, formerly owned by Ms. Anna Smith, is located approximately ½ mile up from our current location and is nestled within a warm and family oriented community. Our home sits on 1.6 acres of good usable land and shares a backyard with the Northwest Regional Park. Praise the Lord! July 13, 2005, the Intercessory Prayer Ministry held the first meeting of the church with Prayer and Praise.

 

On July 23, 2005, Pastor and Sis. McClung, II, greeted our new neighbors, establishing a warm relationship with one another. God continues to move mightily with our church family. As His Word continues to go forth, souls are being saved and as of July 31, 2005, our membership is at 121 and enlarging. What a mighty God we SERVE!