The Rev. Dennis L. Grace organized the Timothy Baptist Church in 1967 by gathering a handful of neighborhood children and friends together to hold Sunday School Classes. A small Chinese laundry on Norfolk Street was converted into a place of worship, with a small yet dedicated membership that began to work diligently towards the church’s growth. Due to continued growth, the church moved to Bowdoin Street, a converted variety store & entertainment center and shortly after to Nelson Street in Dorchester. Timothy received its charter in 1972 and became a member of the United Baptist Convention. In 1977, the church moved to its current location, 35 Highland St. in Roxbury. During Rev. Grace’s leadership, his wife, Deaconess Hermene Grace established Men and Women’s day as a way to assist in the financial support of the Church. Through this ministry, Timothy renovated its building and assisted in making our current place of worship handicap accessible.
Our Founder, Reverend Dennis L. Grace served as pastor from 1967 until his illness and, subsequently, his death in 1988. Timothy worshiped without a pastor until March of 1989, inviting the Reverend K. Gordon James, who had served as supply Minister during Rev. Grace’s illness. Reverend James served as pastor for a brief period of time.
In December of 1990, Timothy invited the Reverend Harry D. Gerald to pastor. Under Rev. Gerald’s leadership the congregation was nurtured and loved into wholeness. The following, ministries were established: Nurse’s Unit and Men’s Fellowship Ministry. Rev. Gerald served until May of 1992.
Reverend Johnnie C. Smith, an associate minister of the church, being led by the Holy Spirit, accepted the responsibility to served as Worship Leader and spiritual guide. During this period of time, Timothy’s family grew spiritually and in number. The New Life Christian orientation classes were established for new members and the church continued to grow. In June of 1993, Rev. Smith was ordained into the Gospel Ministry.
In August of 1993, the Reverend Dr. Larry Green accepted the call to pastor Timothy Baptist Church. Timothy has traditionally shared in baptisms. However, during the fall of 1993 Timothy held its first “Timothy only baptism service” at the New Hope Baptist Church baptizing 21 souls into the Kingdom of God. Under the leadership of Pastor Green, we modernized our church and broadened our use of technology, established the Male Chorus, installed a baptism pool, and joined the Southern Baptist Convention.
September 1996, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Green, Bro. Rory Grace was ordained to the office of Deacon. Later in 2003, a biblically based training was implemented and four Deaconess were set apart to the office of Deaconess
The Deaconess Ministry with its president, Deaconess Betty Green, began the Women’s Evening Bible study, (W.E.B.S.) with classes for all ages. Because of the church’s thirst for the knowledge of the Word of God, in 2005 our Bible Studies were named W.E.B.S, “We Enjoy Bible Study,” classes. Men women and children enjoy W.E.B.S. Classes on every night of the week and Sunday Mornings during our 8:00 am service taught by Pastor Green. We are becoming a “Word Church” by the help of the Lord.
The Timothy Baptist Church has always been known as the little church full of the fire of the Holy Ghost. We attribute our growth to Christian love displayed throughout all levels of the church. There are no visitors in Timothy, only God’s children coming together in fellowship