Greater Hope Church of God in Christ, formerly on Gilmor Street, cut the ribbon on its new home at Carrollton Avenue and Lanvale Street in West Baltimore, Oct. 19, with the preaching of the Rev. Carl Pierce, pastor of Carter Memorial COGIC. The Rev. Dr. Duane Simmons, pastor of Simmons Memorial Baptist Church, preached for the evening service in the ongoing celebration on Oct. 20.

The Rev. Stephen A. Jones Sr. has been pastor of Greater Hope for seven of its 50 years of ministry, and does so along with the First Lady, Tracey Jones.

For more years than most can count, their new building stood as the home of the storied Emmanuel Christian Community Church, a strong member of Lafayette Square’s team of churches. The story goes forth with new beginnings and Greater Hope.