Church History

Rock City Church has been working to influence the city of Baltimore for Jesus Christ for many years.

Rock Church Academy
Rock Church Academy

The church has experienced growth since 1983 when Bishop Bart Pierce came to Baltimore. Bishop Pierce and his wife, Coralee, were saved through the ministry of Rev. John and Anne Gimenez, pastors of the Rock Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Within months after Bishop Pierce’s arrival in Baltimore, the congregation outgrew the basement of a large old home where it had been meeting. They moved into a newly erected sanctuary adjacent to the old home and atop the hill on Cromwell Bridge Road. Rock Church Academy was established the same year, 1983.

As the Body continued to grow, the church began to build again. In 1986, the Rock Church Family Life Center was dedicated. Just months later, it was declared debt-free. The building served as their sanctuary for nine years and was used for Rock City Church Academy until 1996.

Rock City Church
Rock City Church 1995

The Church has continued to grow over the years. The current 3,000 seat sanctuary was completed in 1995. Then, in December 1998, to reflect our vision and heart for the city, we officially changed our name to Rock City Church. The Lord has spoken prophetically that Rock City Church of Baltimore would see a harvest of souls. There is great anticipation and expectancy for what God will do. The history of RCC has been rich, but the work has just begun. As the Church grows in numbers, so it does in the ability to transform lives, to end despair, and to offer hope through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Our History

  • 1983 – Bishop comes to Baltimore and the church experienced substantial growth within months after outgrowing a basement moving into a newly erected sanctuary adjacent to the old home and atop the hill on Cromwell Bridge Road
  • 1983 – Rock Church Academy established
  • 1986 – The Rock Church Family Life Center was built, dedicated and declared debt-free just a few months later and served as the primary sanctuary and used for the school
  • 1988 – Washington for Jesus 88′

  • 1992 – The Church continued to grow and construction started on a new larger sanctuary.- Washington for Jesus 92′
  • 1995 – Our current 3,000 seat sanctuary was completed and dedicated in November
  • 1996 – Washington for Jesus 96′
  • 1997 – After Bishop returned from a trip to Brownsville, FL, God’s presence showed up and changed the purpose of our church. For three years, revival services were held three nights a week with Tommie Tenney, who wrote the book God Chasers out of these meetings
  • 1998 – In December 1998, to reflect our vision and heart for the city, we officially changed our name to Rock City Church

  • 2000 – The Call DC
  • 2001 – Peace for the City (One-Won Conference @ Camden Yards bringing churches in Baltimore together)
  • 2003 – The Compassion Commission youth conference begins with inner city outreach and service projects in Baltimore, Maryland. The culminating event is giving away a completely renovated home at the end of a week to a family who has never owned a home
  • 2005 – Seeking Our Brothers book written by Bishop Bart Pierce
  • 2007 – The Bribe of Great Price and Cover Me in the Day of Battle was written
  • 2009 – Station North Thrift Store opens on Greenmount Ave to provide affordable items to local residents

  • 2010 – The Holy Ghost Café dining hall was completed with a commercial kitchen to hold large gathering internally
  • 2017 – Rock City Church of Tanzania established with Pastor Vincent
  • 2018 – Healing the healers meeting at Rock City Church to minister to police officers and city officials after the riots in Baltimore
  • 2019 – Compassion Commission gives away its 17th home to a veteran who never owned a home (local news coverage)
  • 2019 – Bishop Bart Pierce writes “5G”, a book revealing 5 generations on earth and their God-given function in society today.

Present – A prophetic word came that Rock City Church of Baltimore would see a harvest of souls. There is great anticipation and expectancy for what God will do. The history of RCC has been rich, but the work has just begun. As the Church grows in numbers, so it does in the ability to transform lives, to end despair, and to offer hope through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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