Freedom Church is a demonstration of God’s hand at work through a very diverse group of people. Though we vary in ethnicity, race, and demographics, we have found a common ground in the freedom we have in Jesus Christ. We’re on a journey of growing in that freedom, and we hope you’ll join us!
So how did Freedom Church begin?
Pastor Michael Crawford was born and raised in southern California by a single mom. After walking through a crushing disappointment, and facing abject racism, Michael had contemplated ending his own life. In a moment of desperation, he felt compelled to purchase a Bible, and was drawn to the red-letter passages of the New Testament. Halfway through the book of Matthew, Michael was moved to trust in Christ for salvation. His life was radically changed, propelling him toward eventually becoming a pastor.
Having pastored for 10 years in California, God began to shake things up in late 2008. Michael began to wrestle with the call of God on his life to plant a new church in a major U.S. city with a significantly African American population. In September of 2008, the signs began pointing toward Baltimore. Michael was invited to make his first visit to the Charm City in November of 2008, and he immediately knew that God was calling he and his family to Baltimore.
In July of 2009, Michael moved his wife, Danielle, and their 5 children to the city of Baltimore. Freedom’s first public meeting was held about a month later at the YMCA on 33rd street. 50 adults and 12 kids showed up to hear about the vision, mission and values of Freedom Church. God was clearly up to something. The next step was to locate to a more permanent facility. On September 6, 2009, Freedom began meeting at Garrett Heights Elementary School. Then in January of 2010, Freedom Church was officially launched.
As Freedom Church continues to grow, we remain committed to drawing to Christ, developing in community, and deploying into the culture! We love the city of Baltimore and we want to see this place set free to serve the true and living God. As a church plant, we remain committed to planting churches that are serious about making disciples in this city. This journey continues in the hearts of all who are a part of Freedom Church, and we invite you to join this journey with us!