New Psalmist Baptist Church has a rich history that spans over 100 years. The church was founded by Rev. Junius Gray in 1899 and was named the Right Independent Freewill Baptist Church. It had its beginnings in the basement of a house on Russell Terrace, with fewer than twenty members.
Bishop Walter S. Thomas was called to pastor this church in April of 1975. Under his stewardship, in 1978, New Psalmist moved from Druid Hill and North Avenues to Cathedral and Franklin Streets. While in downtown Baltimore, New Psalmist grew tremendously. In 1991, a church meeting was held and a motion was passed to build a new church. In 1994, New Psalmist broke ground and two years later, April 7, 1996, New Psalmist moved from Franklin and Cathedral Street to 45011/2 Old Frederick Road; a multi- million dollar worship center and ministry complex on 19 acres of land. The church continued to grow and in 2004 another church meeting was held to build a new church. In 2008, the church broke ground, and in the fall of 2010, the church moved into its brand new 4000 seat worship facility. To God Be the Glory!
New Psalmist believes in caring for its community and God’s creation. Classes are held to teach members how to Go Green and conserve God’s creation. Every year the church helps over 500 families at Christmas, and each month we feed 100 families for an entire month. God has blessed us to bless those around us.
Bishop Thomas has led New Psalmist to higher heights and deeper depths in Christ. Under his leadership the church has grown from 200 to over 7,000 active members. New Psalmist is truly thankful to have him as the Pastor of this great church.
New Psalmist has come a long way with the help of the Lord and three great men of God. For eyes have not seen, neither have ears heard what great things are in store for New Psalmist Baptist Church.