Hampden Baptist Church was founded in the Hampden neighboorhood of Baltimore, MD, in 1874. Throughout its long history, the church went through multiple seasons of both abundance and hardship, serving as a long-standing center for Christian ministry in Hampden. By the early 21st century, however, church membership had been in a gradual decline. The once-thriving church that once boasted 831 church members could no longer afford the upkeep of the building.
Meanwhile, Pastor Dan Hyun and a team of eleven people were looking for a space to start the Village Church. Their goal was to establish a place where anybody and everybody could come and hear the gospel and to experience life transformation. Hampden Baptist graciously allowed the Village to meet in their building, and the Village launched in September 2008. As disciples were being made, the church began to grow, and in 2015, Hampden Baptist Church decided to bless the Village Church with the ownership of their building in order to continue its legacy of being a gospel presence in the neighborhood.
The Village Church seeks to reflect Baltimore in its cultivation of a multicultural community—richly diverse in ethnicity, class, income, and education. We aim to transform Baltimore by making God famous in the city—through equipping our church to be sent out on mission as leaders to their respective communities. It’s a stunning, messy, and beautiful picture of God’s kingdom.