New Eastern Avenue location is “a gift to the city of Baltimore.”
Chesapeake Conference president, Jerry Lutz, is joined by the Ellicott City (Md.) church lead pastor, Paulo Macena, and employees of the Urban Life Center in cutting the ceremonial ribbon.
“The church needs to be willing to go wherever people are. And where are people? They’re in the cities,” declared Frank Bondurant, vice president for ministry development of the Columbia Union Conference, at the grand opening ceremony for the new Urban Life Center in Baltimore on August 13.
Bondurant, who also serves as the church planting coordinator for the region that includes seven Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia, was joined by administrators from the world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the North American Division, and the Chesapeake Conference, which is home to the new Baltimore initiative.
The Urban Life Center results from a strategic partnership between the Ellicott City (Md.) and Baltimore-White Marsh Seventh-day Adventist churches, and aims to be a place for making friends and serving the community as a bridge to presenting the gospel message.
“It’s fitting that we have a ribbon-cutting ceremony, because this really is a gift to the city of Baltimore,” said Jerry Lutz, president of Chesapeake Conference. Lutz was joined by Ellicott City lead pastor Paulo Macena and two employees of the new center in snipping the ceremonial red ribbon that officially opened the Eastern Avenue location.
Diego Boquer, pastor of the Baltimore-White Marsh church, speaks during the grand opening ceremony.
Dike will focus on youth and children’s ministries.
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