Rev. Dr. Heber M. Brown, III is a community organizer, beginner farmer, social entrepreneur and Senior Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland.
For nearly two decades, Dr. Brown has demonstrated a deep commitment to and advocacy on a myriad of social justice concerns at every level of government, business, and at the grassroots level as well.
He is a catalyst for social change who believes that systemic problems need systemic solutions
Toward that end, in 2015 in the midst of the Baltimore Uprising which sparked after the death of Freddie Gray, he launched the Black Church Food Security Network which combats food apartheid by providing seed funding and support to help congregations begin growing food on church-owned land. The Network also works to partner Black Churches and Black Farmers in the Mid Atlantic region in an effort to create a community-controlled, alternative food system based on self-sufficiency and Black food and land sovereignty.
Worship: Sundays at 10:00AM
Pleasant Hope Baptist Church was "born" in 1933 when two churches - Good Hope Mission and Mount Pleasant decided to join together. That spirit of cooperation, collective work and responsibility still describes the church today.
Given that there are more than 40,000 undergraduate college students in a 5 mile radius of our ministry, we are particularly sensitive to creating a welcoming environment for seekers, skeptics, and those with a mix of spiritual identities.
A great thing about Pleasant Hope too though is that we are multi generational. We have members who have been born in every decade since 1920! It's not too many places these days where people of different generations come together in real relationship so we celebrate this aspect of who we are.
We also take seriously our opportunity to follow the example of Jesus in serving others. We have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in college scholarships and serve as the home for Orita's Cross Freedom School and The Black Church Food Security Network.