Over 200 attended Chesapeake Conference's annual convention for children's and youth ministries leaders from Sept. 8-10.
Babawale Adepoju will serve as senior pastor, and Orville Browne will serve as an associate pastor.
The Pikesville (Md.) and Reisterstown (Md.) churches recently celebrated the official installation of a new, permanent pastoral team. Babawale Adepoju will serve as the district’s senior pastor, and Orville Browne will serve as an associate pastor.
Adepoju has pastored in the district since 2021, first as an associate pastor at the Pikesville church and pastor of the Reisterstown church, and then later as the Pikesville interim pastor. He previously pastored the Prince Emmanuel All Nation’s church in Bowie, Md.
“I’m excited about the untapped potential of serving our community,” Adepoju says. “There are schools, medical institutions, and community organizations surrounding both churches that are prime prospects for ministering to the needs of the people and sharing the good news of Christ.”
Browne arrives in the district after most recently serving as the director of spiritual care and education at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Md. He previously pastored for over 28 years in the Ontario Conference in Canada.
Browne says he’s excited to get started and looks forward to helping members develop and use their gifts for ministry. “My philosophy of ministry is about helping people discover their giftedness and to resolve their own problems and deal with their own issues to help them realize that they are moral agents and that they can make decisions that make a difference,” he says.
Adepoju and Browne look forward to working together and discovering how their strengths can benefit and enhance each other’s ministries.
“I’m elated about Orville joining the pastoral staff of the district,” Adepoju says. “We have known each other for years, and he has a wealth of knowledge and experience. His chaplaincy and pastoral backgrounds will really come in handy as he provides pastoral care to the district. The possibilities for Kingdom growth are endless!”