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.
In 1901, the church purchased and moved to a two-story building at 1102 Parrish Alley. The very next year the adjoining property was bought and a new church building was constructed. Later, in 1911, the church, renamed Psalmist Baptist Church, purchased and remodeled property at Riggs Avenue and Woodyear Street. Rev. Gray was an active community leader and the church donated $100 towards salaries of Negro Nurses in segregated colored schools. Rev. Junius Gray pastored Psalmist Baptist Church for 47 years.
Rev. Atkins was called to pastor New Psalmist Baptist Church in June 1948. Under his leadership, New Psalmist membership greatly increased. Due to congregational growth, the church purchased and moved to a new building at Druid Hill and North Avenues in 1954. During Rev. Atkins' pastorate, many improvements were made to the interior, including installation of a baptismal pool, powder room for the ladies and air conditioning. A new pipe organ and hot water heater were also purchased. The $56,000 mortgage was paid in full and burned in 1960. The church was renamed, the New Psalmist Baptist Church. Rev. Atkins was an excellent preacher. He labored diligently in service for God until his sudden passing on March 16, 1974.
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 the new "Holy City of Zion" complex. 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 is very fertile growing ground. There are bible study classes held every day of the week, a three year discipleship program, leadership classes, catering ministry and ministry school for future ministers of the gospel. New Psalmist has a nationally televised broadcast, "Empowering Disciples" that can be viewed locally and on the Word Network and a regular Wednesday noon-day worship service. Many men and women have left New Psalmist Baptist Church to pastor other church. In 2005 they came together to form The Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors and elect Bishop Thomas as the Presiding Prelate of the organization. On July 20, 2005, Bishop Thomas was elevated to the office of Bishop and Presiding Prelate of The Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors. This historical occasion was held at the First Mariner Arena in front of over 10,000 people. New Psalmist was proud to witness such a historic day in the life of its Pastor.
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 7,000. 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.
The Baptist Faith
1. The Scriptures. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.
2. God. There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfections and being infinite in all of them; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.
3. The Trinity. God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.
4. Providence. God from eternity decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet, so as not in any wise to be the author or approver of sin not to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.
5. Election. Election is God's eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life, not because of foreseen merit in them, but of His mere mercy in Christ in consequence of which choice they are called, justified and glorified.
6. The Fall Of Man. God originally created man in His own image and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherent nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors.
7. The Mediator. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law, suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He forever liveth to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, Prophet, Priest, and King of the Church and Sovereign of the universe who will come again in glory for all true believers among the living and the dead.
8. Regeneration. Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who quickeneth the dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God's free and special grace alone.
9. Repentance. Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person being, by the Holy Spirit, made sensible of the manifold evil of sin, humbleth himself for it, with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk with God so as to please Him in all things.
10. Faith. Saving Faith is the belief, on God's authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification, sanctification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces and leads to a life of holiness.
11. Justification. Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made, not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith.
12. Sanctification. Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified by God's word and have the Spirit dwelling in them. This Sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial obedience to all Christ's commands.
13. Perseverance of the Saints. Those whom God hath accepted in the beloved and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church and temporal judgement on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
14. The Church. The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandments, Christians are to associate themselves into particular societies or churches; and to each of these churches, He hath given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which He hath appointed. The scriptural officers of a church are Bishops or Elders (Pastors and Deacons).
15. Baptist. Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to church fellowship and to participation in the Lord's Supper.
16. The Lord's Supper. The Lord's Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and wine, and to be observed by His churches until the second coming of Christ. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond pledge and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship.
17. The Lord's Day. The Lord's Day is a Christian institution for regular observance and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, resting from worldly employments and amusements with works of necessity and mercy the only exceptions.
18. Liberty of Conscience. God alone is Lord of the conscience and He hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His word, or not contained in it. Civil magistrates being ordained of God, subjection in all lawful things commanded by them ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
19. The Resurrection. The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God; the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked to be reserved under darkness to the judgement. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised.
20. The Judgement. God hath appointed a day, wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when everyone shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go away into everlasting punishment and the righteous into everlasting life.
Biographical Sketch of
Bishop Walter S. Thomas, Sr.
New Psalmist Baptist Church Baltimore, Maryland
Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors
Bishop Walter Scott Thomas has served as the pastor of the New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland since 1975. Under his leadership, the church body has grown from 200 to more than 7,000 active members. On October 16, 2010, a, a vision was fulfilled as the New Psalmist family moved into their new edifice, a 4000 seat state of the art facility, designed to minister to the needs of individuals in the 21st century. This new church home is a testimony of God's faithfulness.
Under the anointed leadership of Dr. Harold Carter, Pastor of the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, Bishop Thomas was called to proclaim the Word of God in 1973. In 1975, he was called to the pastorate of the New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, where he has labored for over 35 years.Bishop Thomas has developed programs of evangelism, mission and education. Christian education classes that include discipleship training and bible study meet six days a week. Worship services are held every Wednesday at 12:00pm as well as every Sunday morning at 7:15am, 9:30am and 11:45am. The church also has a national television broadcast, "Empowering Disciples”, which can be viewed every Sunday evening at 7pm, and Wednesday at noon on the Word Network and on WJZ TV in Baltimore on Sundays at 6am.
Bishop Walter S. Thomas, Sr. is highly regarded executive and personal coach with over 30 years of experience in working with church leaders, pastors, church staffs, and building effective ministry teams. He has led workshops and seminars across the county on preparing leaders for their next level. He has served as an advisor to leaders who were seeking to make changes in their organizations and has helped them develop strategies to be successful in their efforts. His warm and affable spirit is matched by his ability to ask deep probing questions that enable his clients to see directions they might take.
Bishop Thomas is known as a Pastor’s Pastor. He truly has a Pastor’s heart and makes himself available as a mentor and source of strength for other Pastors. On January 31, 2005 at the New Psalmist Baptist Church 28 sons and daughters of the Church, who Pastor churches across the nation gathered and voted unanimously to elect Bishop Thomas as President of Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors as well as to the office of Bishop.
On July 20, 2005, Bishop Thomas was elevated to the office of Bishop and Presiding Prelate of The Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors. This historical occasion was held at the First Mariner Arena in front of over 10,000 people. The Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors is a newly established association consisting of men and women who have been influenced by the ministry of New Psalmist Baptist Church and Bishop Thomas.In addition to providing pastoral leadership to the New Psalmist Baptist Church, Bishop Thomas has served as the past president of the Hampton University Minister's Conference 1999-2002. Under his leadership, conference attendance doubled. Bishop Thomas is also a well- known author. He is author of the books Spiritual Navigation for the 21st Century and Good Meat Makes its Own Gravy. Furthermore, Bishop Thomas is the editor of Outstanding Black Sermons Volume 4 in which he is featured as one of the contributors.
Bishop Thomas received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in Economics. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Howard University School of Religion in Washington, D.C. and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Saint Mary's Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to his earned degrees, Bishop Thomas was bestowed with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Virginia Seminary and Bethune Cookman College.
Bishop Thomas and his committed partner in ministry, Patricia, have three lovely children, Joi, Walter Jr., and Joshua.
Lady Patricia G. Thomas
Lady Patricia G. Thomas is the esteemed First Lady of New Psalmist Baptist Church. She is the wife of our beloved Bishop. They have shared over 35 years of marital bliss together. Lady Thomas received her Bachelors degree in social work from Morgan State University. She combines her skills in social work along with her gift of encouragement to help uplift the Saints of God.
Lady Thomas is a very quiet, humble soul, however; when she speaks, words of wisdom pour out. She is recognized for her invaluable sincerity and truth. Her wisdom and fortitude as a woman, mother, and wife is a consistent encouragement to the body of Christ.
To that end, Lady Thomas serves as a facilitator to the Wives Ministry. She has hosted many conferences along with Bishop Thomas. She has served as speaker for various women’s functions and first lady events. She has also contributed to two books; Sister Strength; A Collection of Devotions for and from African American Women, Seeds of Strength; Ministers Wives Stories and has a recipe included in Bishop T.D. Jakes cookbook, Woman Thou Art Loosed Cookbook, Vol. I.
Lady Thomas is a Godly woman, a committed wife in love and in ministry to Bishop Walter S. Thomas, Sr. and a loving mother of three children, Joi, Walter Jr. and Joshua. She is the surrogate mother to many others. Her hobbies include cooking, decorating, and a love for children.
Lady Thomas is truly the example of the Virtuous Woman. New Psalmist is blessed to have her as their Leading Lady.
Bro. Odell Dickerson, Jr.
Chief Operations Officer
Deaconess Renita Fulton
Executive Assistant to the Office of the Bishop
Sister Janine A. Hawes, CPA
Director of the Business Office
Deaconess Linda Harris
Event Management Administrator
Sister Joi Thomas
Media Relations and Promotions
Sister Angela W. Smith
Director of Pastoral Counseling
Rev. Walter Thomas, Jr.
Director of Ministry
Minister Joshua Thomas
Minister of Audio/Video Media
Rev. Alfred John Bailey
Minister of Missions and Outreach
Dr. Dianne L. Roberts
Minister of Family Wholeness
Rev. James Green
Minister of Congregational Care
In House Media Specialist
Director of Food Services
James D Alston
Minister of Music
Sons & Daughters of New Psalmist
These men and woman have left the womb of New Psalmist to Pastor churches across the city and nation.
Reverend Dr. William Curtis
Mt. Ararat Baptist Church
Reverend Nathan Butler
The Righteous Church of God
Bishop Dwayne Debnam
Morning Star Baptist Church
Reverend Terry Thornton
Sweet Hope Baptist Church
Bishop Oscar Brown
First Mt. Olive Freewill Baptist Church
Dr. Trent D. Hayes - Sr. Pastor
New Antioch Bible Fellowship
Reverend Carl Solomon
United Baptist Church
Reverend Harry Green
First United Baptist Church
Reverend Dr. Leah White
Greater Faith Baptist Church
Reverend Loraine Cummings
Pentecostal Baptist Church
Bishop Heber Brown
Shiloh Baptist Church
Reverend Dr. David Blow
Fulton Baptist Church
Reverend Mark Saunders
Reverend Charles Coger
Mt.Ararat Baptist Church
Reverend Dr. Ronald Williams
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
Reverend Arthur Jackson
Antioch Baptist Church
Carol City Miami, Florida
Rev. Clarence Jones
New Huntington Baptist Church
Rev. Rodney Smalls
First Church of the Brethren
Rev. William Mathis
Springs Of Life-Giving Water Church
New Haven, Connecticut
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