In 1986, Grace Fellowship Church in Timonium had a vision to plant new churches. Fourteen followers of Jesus began to meet and pray in the Annapolis area, and Bay Area was founded in 1987. Twenty-five people began gathering at a school in Severna Park, worshipping and proclaiming the Good News of Jesus. God added to our community, and we moved to larger spaces three times over the following seven years.
By the turn of the century, nearly 500 people gathered at Bay Area each Sunday. In 2004, construction began on our permanent home at 884 Chesterfield Road in Annapolis. We broke ground again in 2014 to add a chapel and children’s wing as continued growth indicated we needed to make room for people.
In 2009, we commissioned a team from within our church family to plant Downtown Hope in Historic Annapolis. Three years later, the SENT Network was launched to equip leaders to make disciples and plant churches throughout the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. In 2016, we became a multisite church with the launch of our first satellite campus, Bay Area Easton.
Today, Bay Area remains committed to making passionate, maturing followers of Jesus from here to the nations. By God’s grace, we can be found doing so in Annapolis, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, in Odenton, in Missional Communities throughout the area, in several church plants around the region, and on five continents where we partner with global missionaries.