Habakkuk 2:2-3 – “Write the vision and make it plain on tables, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry."
In March of 1963, Elder Willie Jones and his wife, Mother Rosalee Jones were given a vision. Together, they established Jones Temple COGIC in the 1600 block of West Mulberry & Vincent Street. As the ministry grew, Elder Jones decided to move his congregation to 301 North Gilmor Street.
In 1970, Elder Jones passed away. Elder Jones was succeeded by his son, the late Dr. Roosevelt Jones. On July 5th, 1970, Dr. Jones was appointed pastor of Jones Temple Church of God In Christ. Jones Temple’s congregation grew under the leadership of Dr. Jones and his wife, the late Mother Marion Jones.
In 1974 Dr. Jones relocated Jones Temple to 314 North Gilmor Street. At this time, Dr. Jones decided to change name of Jones Temple Church of God In Christ to Greater Hope Church of God In Christ. Dr. Jones and Mother Marion Jones served the Greater Hope congregation and its surrounding community for thirty-six (36) years.
In 2006, Dr. Jones passed away. Immediately after Dr. Jones’ death, the ordained elders, licensed evangelist and church officers briefly provided oversight of Greater Hope’s ministry and continued its vision.
On July 2, 2006, Elder Stephen A. Jones assumed the position of Pastor of Greater Hope Church of God In Christ just as his grandfather and father had before him. Approximately a year later, Pastor Jones was appointed as Superintendent of the Southwestern District of the Church of God In Christ, Maryland First Jurisdiction. The district was later renamed the Dr. Roosevelt Jones Celebration District.
On August 19, 2013, Greater Hope Church of God In Christ relocated to 800 North Carrollton Avenue. Greater Hope is right at home at its new location. After more than fifty (50) years of ministry, Greater Hope continues to be a blessing to its congregation and its surrounding community by continuing to be the Church that genuinely cares.