Reverend Franklin Lance, D. Min., Senior Pastor

Pastor Franklin Lance, D. Min., is a dynamic preacher and teacher of the gospel and richly blessed with the Spiritual Gifts of preaching, teaching, and worship leader.  He is a preacher’s kid (PK) born to the late Reverend James I. Lance and Mrs. Frances Lance.  Having been raised in a Christian household, baptized at age thirteen, and active in numerous church ministries, Pastor Lance has felt the call of God on his life for as long as he can remember.  The actual form of this vocational beckoning became clear to him as he was called to the gospel ministry during his teens, and preached his initial sermon at the Mount Lebanon Baptist Church on December 7, 1990, under the leadership of the late Senior Pastor Olin P. Moyd, Ph. D.

As a native of Baltimore, Maryland, Pastor Lance is a product of its public school system.  He attended and graduated with honors (top ten) from Forest Park High School.  He is a Magna cum Laude graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) from which he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management.  Pastor Lance is also a graduate of the Howard University School of Divinity (HUSD) from which he obtained both a Master of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry (D. Min) degree.  His D. Min. dissertation, which focused on the efficacy of Black Theology for the 21st Black Church, was recognized by HUSD as the outstanding D. Min. project of his graduating class.

Pastor Lance’s ministerial passion is for the church universal to be engaged in and serious about “ministries that matter.”  This means ministries that change lives, give hope, and provide foundations that allow people to have life and have it more abundantly.  Towards this end, Pastor Lance has launched and supported ministries for HIV-AIDS testing, education, prevention and counseling; preparing and delivering meals for Head Start children; Domestic Violence education and support; community advocacy and empowerment; and seniors’ information dissemination and support.