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Bishop Dr. Leroy Gilliard, Jr.

Bishop Dr. Leroy Gilliard, Jr. is a native of St. Stephens, South Carolina and the eighth of ten children. He graduated from the Russellville High School in 1968.  Bishop Gilliard preached his initial sermon in 1986 and was ordained in 1988 at the New Friendship Baptist Church. In September of 1989, Rev. Gilliard became pastor of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. He also served as state president of the Maryland Baptist State Convention (1996-99). Bishop Gilliard holds an Associate in Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry degrees.

On February 14, 2012, four churches in Maryland and five churches in Liberia elected Bishop-elect Gilliard as their Bishop.  After the election, Bishop-elect Gilliard in March of 2012 attended the Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops under the leadership of The Most Reverend Jesse Delano Ellis, II.  Bishop-elect Gilliard is married to Minister Lady Christine Gilliard. They have one son, a daughter-in-law, three granddaughters and one grandson. His life’s motto has always been, “The Lord will make a way, somehow. ”

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Minister Christine Gilliard

Minister Christine Gilliard is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and the daughter of the late Mr. Charles D. and Celestine Johnson. Christine was blessed with two brothers and two sisters. Christine’s early education was obtained from Fairmount Hill elementary school and later she attended and graduated from Dunbar High School. Minister Gilliard has been employed by various departments of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and University for over thirty years. Her career began there during her high school years in about 1970. During her thirty years of service, she's held positions in the areas of health care, the administration, and is currently a supervisor at Johns Hopkins Martin Luther King Early childhood daycare center. She is one of the past recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott-King Community Service Award for outstanding services at work and in the community.

Minister Gilliard has always been involved in some aspects of the Christian Church. She loves to sing and at an early age sang in various groups with her sisters. After a time at the Christ Temple Church where she was baptized, Minister Gilliard joined the New Friendship Baptist Church where she met her husband. She remained at new Friendship until 1989 when her husband was called to pastor Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. Her church activities included Bible Study teaching, choir director, youth mentoring and counseling, new member development, homework assistance, and much, much more. She has also held various positions in the Maryland Baptist state Convention and with various Ministers Wives organizations. Minister Gilliard has traveled across the country with her husband. She is recognized as one of the nation’s most outstanding and respected pastor’s wives. Minister Gilliard also works with The Greater New St. John Baptist Church, of which her husband is Overseer.

Minister Christine holds four (4) academic degrees (though you would never know it because of her modesty and humility). She attended the Community College of Baltimore where she was awarded the Associate in Arts degree (Mental Health, 1982) and the AA degree in General Education, 1979. She later received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (1989) from Coppin State University. In 1997 Christine received her Masters in Education degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, also from Coppin State University. Her Master's Thesis was entitled, “A Comparative Study to Determine the Relationship between Teen Pregnancy and the School Dropout Rate of Females in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area.” She also holds a certification in Early Childhood Education (Community College of Baltimore City, 2002).

Minister Christine is married to the Reverend Dr. Leroy Gilliard, Jr. They have one Son, Dan'te and three granddaughters. She also considers the hundreds of children at Mt. Carmel and Greater New St. John “hers” also. The children fight on Sunday mornings to sit beside her! Christine loves her family, her church and friends. But above all, she loves her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She firmly believes that God Specializes in things impossible!

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Pastor James Garrett

Reverend James Garrett is a native of Wedgefield, South Carolina.  He is one of nine children born to Willie and Mary Lou Garrett. He is richly blessed to have a partner in life, his wife, Verna Garrett and is a loving and supportive father and grandfather.

In 1995, Reverend Garrett Graduated from Baltimore School of the Bible.  He also continued his religious studies at the Northwestern Bible College and Seminary.

As a member of the United Baptist Minister’s Evening Conference, Pastor Garrett served as chairperson of Special Affairs, Sunday Expositor and News Commentator.

Reverend Garrett was the former President of the United Brotherhood of the Maryland Baptist Convention.  He conducted meetings and plan event activities.  Preached on various occasions and worked very closely assisting the president of the convention.

On May 6, 2000, Reverend Garrett was ordained to the Gospel Ministry, under the leadership of Reverend Dr. James Smith, Pastor of the Second Antioch Baptist Church.  For 23 years, he attended Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, serving as a deacon board for 21 years and led other ministries at Mount Carmel Baptist Church.  He was licensed as a Minister and assisted with various pulpit duties, supporting the vision of Bishop Leroy Gilliard, Jr. , the Pastor of the church.

Reverend Garrett also served as an Associate Minister at Bibleway Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Nathaniel Womack, Pastor

In January of 2000, Pastor Garrett established The Blessed Baptist Church of God, and continues to provide spiritual guidance and leadership to the congregation.  During this time, he has worked with committed saints to continue the wonderful work of God.  His vision includes spearheading several ministries within The Blessed Baptist Church of God.  Under the leadership is Pastor James Garrett, Blessed Baptist purchased their current location at 2908 Hamilton Avenue.  Since moving to this location, many improvements have been made to the building, including new pews, updating the sound system and musical instruments.

Rev. Garrett's intension is not to preach a good message, but preach a message that does some good!

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Pastor Charles Goods

Reverend Charles A. Goods, pastor of the Christian Temple Baptist Church, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He is the son of  Mr. and Mrs. John and Louann Goods Sr. Rev. Goods began his Christian journey during his early childhood, through the prayers of his grandmothers, Virgie Goods and Roseann Harrison at the Mount Carmel Baptist Church and the Pleading Holiness Church.

Reverend Goods has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Morgan State University and is a graduate of the Baltimore School of the Bible. He is also attended St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. He retired from the Baltimore Correctional System in 1999.

Reverend Goods was ordained as a Deacon in 1994 at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He preached his initial sermon in July of 1997 at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend, Dr. Leroy Gilliard Jr. In 2002, he was ordained to the Gospel Ministry by the United Baptist Minister’s Evening Conference of Baltimore.

In October of 2002, Rev. Goods was called to pastor the Christian Temple Baptist Church, located at 2109 West North Avenue. Rev. Rome B. Matthews is the Pastor Emeritus. Under Rev. Goods’ leadership, the church membership has increased and numerous ministries have developed. He is currently in partnership with several community outreach organizations such as The Smallwood Community Association, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Medical Research Board, and New Beginnings at North Avenue and beyond. Rev. Goods also served as Chairman of Congress of  Christian Education of the Maryland Baptist  State Convention.

Reverend Goods is married to the former Tangie E. Scroggins of Baltimore, Maryland. They have three children Demond, Devon, and Iesha. One adopted daughter, Keyona Wilder, and seven grandchildren.

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Pastor Letitia Bazemore

Reverend Letitia Bazemore is a native of Lewiston, North Carolina and the daughter of Verna and John H. Bazemore.  She received her early Christian education under the leadership of Reverend B. P. Heckstall at the Woodville Plain Baptist Church where she worked diligently in the church serving as an usher and singing on the choir.  She attended the Bertie County School system where she graduated in 1978 from High School  After high school graduation, she attended A&T State University in North Carolina.  Pastor Bazemore moved to Baltimore in 1979, and began working for the State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in 1980.  In 1985 she began working for the US Postal Service.  She remained there until she became a full-time pastor in April, 2009.

Reverend Bazemore joined the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in 1979 and has served under the leadership of three pastors.  She was licensed to preach on April 27, 1997 and ordained on August 24, 2004, both under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Leroy Gilliard, Jr.

Reverend Bazemore has studied at the Baltimore School of the Bible.  She received her Associates of Arts Degree from the Community College of Baltimore (1980), and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Sojourner Douglass College (2003).  In 2003 Rev. Bazemore was appointed as Minister of the Greater New St. John Baptist Church  In 2004, she was elected as the pastor and was installed as Pastor on November 13, 2005.  Under her leadership, the Church has overcome many challenges and established several new ministries to enhance the opportunity for Christian growth and community evangelism.  The church's mortgage was paid off, a new van purchased, and the building remodeled.

Reverend Bazemore is the proud mother of one son, Alphonso (aka “Fonz”).  She is the grandmother of two grandsons, Solomon and David.  She is committed to doing the will of God and is a firm believer in the power of prayer.  Her favorite scriptures are 1 Thessalonians 5:24Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it and Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me. ”

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