In 1973, with a group of 25 adults meeting at a local college, Dr. Earl M. Johnson, Jr. founded Grace Bible Baptist Church. Through the providence of God, 5-1/4 acres of prime property, along with a church building and parsonage, soon became available. After renting the facilities for six months, the church had grown to 100 members and was able to purchase the land and buildings. Grace Bible Baptist Church was incorporated under the state laws of Maryland in 1973.
During the fall of 1974, a 30’ x 50’ parsonage extension was built. As the need for more Sunday School rooms became evident, two portable school buildings (23’ x 35’ each) were set on the church property in 1976. These buildings were relocated and renovated in 1991, creating two 3-bedroom homes for staff.
In 1980, a two story building (60’ x 50’) was added on to the existing church, providing additional classrooms and church offices. Due to continued growth, a 60’ x 160’ building was erected in 1984 to serve as the main auditorium.
As God faithfully added to the church, a building housing a 1,000 seat auditorium, church offices, storage rooms, fellowship hall, and kitchen was completed in 1993. In January 2000, the church purchased an adjoining property consisting of a 4-bedroom parsonage with 1-bedroom apartment on 3 acres of land. A Family Life Center and Gymnasium with additional classrooms was completed in 2004. Grace Bible Baptist Church oversaw each of these building programs as general contractor.
In December 2016, Dr. Jerry R. Harmon was officially installed as the Senior Pastor of Grace Bible Baptist Church. Dr. Harmon was educated at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN where he received a Master of Divinity and a Ph.D majoring in Hebrew and OT with minors in NT Greek and Theology. Dr. Harmon also did graduate studies in Hebrew at Johns Hopkins University in his hometown, Baltimore, MD.