Church History

guidance, training and nurturing under Dr. Thomas’ excellent tutelage as they strived to meet their goal. He also added the Mime ministry to enhance the worship services. In 2003 the Adoration and Praise Scholarship Committee recognized its tenth anniversary with the First Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet honoring six High School graduates


2005 – Present The Reverend Dr. A. Qismat Alim became the 23rd pastor of Payne on the 2nd Sunday in May 2005 appointed by Bishop Adam J. Richardson. Pastor Alim initiated a weekly Monday Night Prayer Service, Wednesday noon and seven o’clock Bible Study, New Members Class, a Men’s Discipleship Class, Sunday School for children and adults, the seven I AMS for the Good Friday service and “The Nehemiah Plan, Free in Three.” In 2007, Payne commemorated its One Hundred Tenth Anniversary by culminating Faith, Family and Fellowship over the course of three months leading up to our Jubilee Celebration on November 9, 2007 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. In September 2011 Payne Memorial became a Baltimore City testing site for HIV/AIDS in partnership with Jacques Initiatives and in October of that same year in partnership with Baltimore City Community College sponsored its’ first annual city-wide job fair. In 2012 Payne Memorial was awarded a $125,000 Bond Bill from the state of Maryland to help develop the Payne Memorial Community Youth Center to be located at 419 Laurens Street.

Prepared by the Historical Committee

Carolyn Peters Duncan, Chair


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