The Rev. John Baylor Jr., MDiv

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Name
The Rev. John Baylor Jr., MDiv
Church Info
Home Church Address
Church of the Apostles in the City
3400 Norman Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21213
United States
Church Website URL
Organization
Organization Name
Church of the Apostles in the City
Type of Organization
Church Ministry
Your Position/Title within your Organization
Rector/Lead Pastor
Organization Address
3400 Norman Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21213
United States
Organization Phone Number
Organization URL
Work of Ministry
At-risk Women and Children Care (Crisis Pregnancy)
Community Development
Homelessness
Housing Reform
Hunger/Food Justice
Post Incarceration Care
Racial Reconciliation
Special Needs population
Substance Abuse/Addiction
Youth Development/At-risk Youth
Description of Organization
We are a multi ethnic church family, united in the worship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are encountering the love of the Father and working together in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring new life to our city. We are a one year old Anglican church plant, bringing together people and influences from different traditions, backgrounds, places and classes. We are Black and White and Asian and Hispanic. We are Charismatic, Anglican, Evangelical and Apostolic/Pentecostal. We are from the City, from the suburbs and from the hood. We love the poor, the broken, the lost, the orphan, the widow and elderly with the mercy and power of Jesus. We give away food, clothing, healing, furniture, deliverance, coffee, and prophetic words to all who are in need. We believe that God has beautiful dreams and great plans for our City and we are all in.
Organization Years In Operation
1
Does your ministry offer internships?
Yes, college internship(s).
Yes, post-graduate internship(s).
Strengths of Organization
We are heavily invested in relationships across racial, economic, geographic and class lines and despite all our differences we keep showing up to worship together, love one another and work for the kingdom of God together. We operate powerfully in all the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Miracles of Healing, supernatural faith, the lost coming to Jesus, Words of Knowledge, deliverance and prophetic words are a regular part of our lives. We engage in acts of mercy and justice routinely.
Background
Would you consider your role part time or full time within justice and mercy ministry?
Full Time
How many years have you been in ministry among the vulnurable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
20.00
What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?
Mostly relational experience. Global Awakening (Randy Clark), Iris Ministries (Heidi Baker) and Bethel Church in Redding (Bill Johnson) taught me about operating in the the fullness of the Holy Spirit, living as a son of the Father, caring for the poor with mercy and power, and partnering with Jesus in building His Kingdom here and now. George E. Ladd, Henri Nouwen and NT Wright helped a lot with the theology. Reading Dwight Perry, John Perkins, Ta-Nehisi Coates, James Baldwin are helping with understanding racial reconciliation.
What are your primary concerns for the ministry?
Sometimes it feels like the wheels could come off of this anytime, without warning. The threat of murder is real- just last night (1/29/16) one of Pastor Carletta's nephews was gunned down right next to the park where we do all our block parties. How many more of our friends are going to die? I'm afraid for Carletta's sons and grandsons. We need more resources. During the last blizzard Tashana, one of our moms in the church, and Carletta's daughter had not only her own 10 kids in the house with her, but also 10 more teenagers, friends of her kids who didnt have a safe place to be during the storm. Most of these kids are basically homeless and not in school. We need more of the love and presence of the Father to meet all the desperate needs of our community- addiction, violence, deplorable housing, 30% unemployment, broken families.
What feels like the most difficult aspect of your life in ministry?
Crises seem to come in a pretty constant stream- deaths in the extended family, serious illnesses or accidents, financial troubles, relationship troubles- I could go on. It feels like it just doesn't stop. As soon as we get through one crisis, another one comes along.
What gives you the greatest joy?
The Father's pleasure and love for me and my friends. Witnessing His love break into life after life through healing, freedom, food, kindness.
What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
Early morning personal prayer and Bible study. Friendships Regular prayer with staff and intercessors Weekly times of outreach with mercy and prayer Weekly prayer walking through our community
What would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to know about your ministry?
Establishing Multi Ethnic churches in which the poor, middle class and wealthy, Black, White, Hispanic, and Asian, Americans, immigrants and refugees, all worship together, share life together, and work in the Kingdom of God together, is an essential expression of the Gospel. I am convinced that this is where men and women who are reconciled to God can be reconciled to one another and bring peace, mercy and justice to our communities.
How would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to grow in regards to justice and mercy issues?
I would like to see our level of engagement increase to the point that working for justice through mercy is a defining value and practice for our churches, dioceses and province. This is so central to the living out of the Kingdom of God that I yearn for the day when we are known by others as the churh who works hardest and cares most deeply for the orphan and widow, for the forgotten and left behond, for the broken and wounded.
What are your favorite books related to justice and mercy issues?
Let Justice Roll Down, John Perkins Not In My Neighborhood, Antero Pietila Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates Breaking Down Barriers, Dwight Perry
What do you wish people knew about justice ministry in general or specific arenas of justice work?
The history and legacy of slavery, systematic discrimination and oppression of blacks.
What would you like to see happen in ACNA in regards to work of justice and mercy?
I believe we have an opportunity right now to define ourselves as a church by what we are for, by who we are loving, by the causes we are championing and by the Kingdom work we are doing. Right now we seem to be most strongly defined by what we are reacting against. I would like to see our movement defined by our radical love and costly work for the lost, the broken, the forgotten.
Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.
8+years as a Young Life Leader/Area Director/Youth Pastor Independent Charismatic House Church/Missional Community Leader (called Burning Heart) Here's our prophetic history: Prophetic History We wanted to go where only the gospel could win. Inner City Baltimore in 2005 seemed like the best place to go in our region. Our experience with Baltimore was limited to the Inner Harbor, so we asked some friends for some ideas as to where we should go. We ended up on the corner of E. Oliver and Eden Sts in East Baltimore. This block, like most blocks in the Oliver and Broadway East neighborhoods of Baltimore, have at least a quarter to a third of the houses abandoned. So there we were, 3 white guys standing on the sidewalk in front of a couple of abandoned houses, asking the lord if this is where we were supposed to be. While we were praying an African-American grandmother came by and asked, “What are you boys doing here?” We said we were thinking about buying some houses and moving into the community. We wanted to just serve and give away love. She responded by grabbing my arm and declaring, “If that’s the reason you’re coming, then we welcome you!” We felt as though we had received a prophetic welcome to the City from the grandmothers, and everyone knows that it’s the grandmothers who really run things in the community. Since then we have had favor where ever we go in the City. We are always welcomed, always received and just about everything we try seems to work. In the summer of 2009, Jen and Jaimie, two young women from Burning Heart, moved into a house on E. Oliver St. They became our base in the neighborhood. They built relationships with the neighbors and we began to have cookouts at least once a month on their sidewalk. The whole neighborhood was welcomed and we prayed for everyone who came by to get a hotdog! In the spring of 2011 we decided we would up the ante a little bit and start having block parties- get some inflatable moon bounces for the kids, make sno-cones, cotton candy and hotdogs to give away, paint faces, do nails and just hang out with the community. On the morning of our Block Party in June of 2008, Lisa, one of our leaders, woke up from a dream of conflict and fighting and retribution. In the middle of the afternoon we saw a group of 25 young men chased another young man up the street toward us with obvious intentions of killing the lone young man. They caught up with him outside a house across the street from us. All of a sudden an African-American grandma jumped out of the house where the boys were fighting and she started “knocking heads.” The fight dispersed immediately! We went over to check on the grandmother, because she had been knocked down in the melee. Lisa told her that she had seen her in a dream that morning and the grandmother, her name is Carletta, declared, “I saw all of you in a vision 10 years ago!” This launched our relationship and we began to meet every Tuesday night in front of Carletta’s house for prayer. Neighbors would stop by and join in the prayer and we saw many get healed and give their lives to Jesus. A month or so later the drug dealer who had tried to kill the other young man brought 3 of his guys with him to the prayer meeting. They apologized, asked forgiveness and requested prayer. They also declared that they were giving this block over to Carletta- its her block now! We kept doing block parties and prayer walks throughout the community while still meeting as a house church 4 miles away just outside the city limits. In October 2014 we began meeting together in our current space, in a beautiful old neighborhood cathedral located on the line between historic white and black neigborhoods. Carletta brought her family and friends and I brought mine and we started doing this thing together.