Our Church History
First Baptist Church was organized by the Reverend William Raddick and has been a powerful force in the lives of the residents of Annapolis since 1893.
On April 27, 1943, Reverend Leroy Bowman of Washington, D.C., accepted the call to become pastor. Under his zealous leadership, all departments of the church were strengthened. With “Let All Things Be Done Unto Building” as its motto, the church wholeheartedly accepted the pastor’s challenge to press on toward the construction of a new edifice which would take care of the ever-increasing church family, and be dedicated to the Glory of God and the Salvation of Mankind. Dedication of the New First Baptist Church was held on Sunday, September 16, 1954. Having outgrown this structure, a new sanctuary 7,344 square feet structure was erected to support programs involving the whole spectrum of Christian ministry and witness, concentrating on Worship, Evangelism and Missions, Christian Education, Stewardship, and Social Services. Reverend Bowman faithfully served the church and the community for more than 60 years.
The church remains a focal point for community activities and takes an active part in civic affairs.
On January 7, 2006, Reverend Louis J. Boston was elected pastor of First Baptist Church and installed on April 2, 2006.
Reverend Louis J. Boston is a native of Edgewater, Maryland. He is one of sixteen children born to the late Mr. and Mrs. Moses Boston. He is a product of the Anne Arundel County, Maryland Public School Systems and a graduate of Wiley H. Bates High School. In June of 1959, Reverend Boston graduated from Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. In addition, Reverend Boston took advantage of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corp or ROTC program. As a Distinguished Military Graduate, Reverend Boston went into the United States Army where he gave 25 years of dedicated service to this Country. He is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War where he received the Bronze Star and the Vietnam Medal of Honor. He retired from active duty on December 31, 1985, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. At an early age, Reverend Boston was encouraged to attend Sunday School by his older sister. At the age of 12, Reverend Boston dedicated his life to Jesus, the Christ. In 1956 Reverend Boston was called to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. First Baptist Church licensed Reverend Boston in that same year and ordained him in December 1970. In 1997, he was selected to become the Assistant Pastor to his spiritual father, the late Reverend Dr. Leroy Bowman. In 2000, Reverend Boston commenced his formal theological training by enrolling in the Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary. He graduated in May 2003 with a Master of Divinity Degree in Old Testament Studies. He served on the Board of Directors of Arundel Habitat for Humanity from June 2004 to June 2006. It was in May 2006, Reverend Boston was elected pastor of First Baptist Church of Annapolis. He was appointed Chaplain of the Annapolis Police Department in 2014. Reverend Boston is married to Isabelle D. Boston and from this union; God blessed them with two children. They are Sheila S. Boston Robinson, Esquire of New York and Louis J. Boston, Jr., Esquire of Maryland. Both of their children are married.