Gunpowder Baptist Church

Declaring God's greatness by delighting in Christ. Freeland, MD
Gunpowder Baptist Church
Gunpowder Baptist Church

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20074 Middletown Rd
Freeland, MD 21053

(410) 343-1365


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Who We Are

GBC – (Gunpowder Baptist Church) is named for the Gunpowder River which flows nearby in northern Baltimore County, Maryland. Organized on August 16, 1806, it is the first church of Baptist denomination to exist in northern Baltimore County.

GBC was formed by a small congregation of 90 men and women who met in the Union Meeting House at the corner of Freeland Road and Middletown Road in present-day Freeland, Maryland.

The Union Meeting House was replaced by a new meeting house in 1887 which is still in use today for our clothing ministry.

GBC now occupies property on both sides of Middletown Road in Freeland, Maryland with four structures which include a larger sanctuary completed in 1974, a separate parsonage and a large pavilion. The property also includes a basketball court, a large playing field and a shaded playground.

After more than 210 years, GBC continues to reach the surrounding community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

GBC is in fellowship nationally with the Southern Baptist Convention, regionally with the Baptist Convention of Maryland and Delaware, and locally with the Mid Maryland Baptist Association.

About Us

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Leadership View all

Jim McCaffrey

Pastor Jim and his family came to GBC in February of 2017 after serving churches in New Jersey and Maryland. He and his wife, Sarah, were born and grew up in central New Jersey. Having met early in high school, they were married in August of 2001. Together, they have five beautiful daughters who keep them on the go. In addition to pastoring, he has worked as a Middle School Bible and Math teacher at Christian schools in North Carolina and Maryland and as an adjunct professor at Washington Bible College. Pastor Jim earned his Bible Certificate from Washington Bible College, his Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Lancaster Bible College and earned a Masters of Religious Education from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Currently, he is working on his Masters of Divinity from Luther Rice Theological Seminary.

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