Welcome to
Sweet Hope
Free Will
Baptist Church

Where we Perfect & Mature Saints for Ministry
Join us Sundays 11:30AM

In Person:
3925 Dolfield Road
Baltimore, MD 21215
(410) 542-4356 

Meet our Pastor – Rev. Dr. Terry G. Thornton

Reverend Dr. Terry Guilio Thornton has served as the Pastor of Sweet Hope Free Will Baptist Church of Baltimore, Maryland since 2002. God has used Dr. Thornton to begin a spiritual revival at Sweet Hope and in Northwest Baltimore. Sweet Hope is a vibrant ministry that seeks to perfect and mature saints for ministry.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Thornton is the son of Alphonso Thornton, former Captain of the Baltimore City Fire Department who helped to pave the way for other African Americans who followed him and Gloria Thornton, a former pioneer in nursing and hospital administration in Baltimore City. God has blessed Dr. Thornton with a lovely, supportive wife, Jacqueline P. Thornton. They are the proud parents of two sons, Terry and Benjamin. They also adore their three grandsons.

Under the anointed leadership of Bishop Walter Scott Thomas, Pastor of the New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Thornton accepted his call to ministry and was ordained to full ministry. God elevated him to the pastorate of Sweet Hope because of his faithful and committed service.

As pastor of Sweet Hope, God has led Dr. Thornton to develop a dynamic mission for the ministry that will fulfill the vision that God has given to him for Sweet Hope. God has led the ministry to establish Kingdom Priorities that regard salvation, discipleship, and missions seriously.

Dr. Thornton sees the potential of God in everyone he meets. With a shepherd’s heart, he tenderly cares for the people God has placed in his charge. His primary mission is to help his flock maximize their potential so each member will be a productive kingdom citizen.

The scope of Dr. Thornton’s ministry reaches beyond the local church. His relationships include:

  • Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors
  • Progressive Free Will Baptist Conference
  • Garrison Hill Community Association
  • ACT Now Baltimore

Dr. Thornton has prepared himself for ministry by studying at the Arlington Bible College. He graduated with honors from the Coppin State (College) University receiving his Bachelor of Arts in English. He earned his Master of Theology from Saint Mary’s Seminary and University. He earned his Doctor of Ministry from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio.

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