Learn more about Bethany's history, who we are, and what it is we believe so that you can decide if this is the right church for you.
Bethany Community Church was started by a church planting team led by Kevin and Ann McGhee being sent out from Bethany Church of Long Beach, California, with the goal of impacting the National Capitol area for Christ. On December 14, 1986, Bethany Community Church held its first worship service at Laurel High School. After four years, the church leased space in an office park at Laurel Lakes on Route 1, where it held worship services for the next 10 years.
As membership at Bethany grew, the time came to seek out property on which Bethany could build its own facilities to more effectively serve the Baltimore Washington Corridor. In 1996, the family of Dr. James W. Smith of Laurel donated 24 acres of its beautiful wooded farm on Riding Stable Road to Bethany Community Church. After many years of construction, the church was able to move into its new Sanctuary in 2003, under the leadership of founding Pastor Kevin McGhee.
In 2018, Kevin McGhee transitioned from his role as Pastor of Bethany Community Church and the search began for the next Pastor. After a year of being led by interim Pastor Randall Anderson, the church confirmed Nathaniel Yates Sr. as its second Pastor on May 5, 2019.
Is Bethany associated with any denomination?
Bethany partners with “Converge;” a movement of churches working to help people meet, know, and follow Jesus.