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FBCHDG - A Family of Grace

The First Baptist Church
of Havre de Grace, Maryland,
has a rich history.

First Baptist Church of Havre de Grace
Who We Are

"It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn."
--Psalm 18:32-36


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First Baptist Church offers two Sunday morning services. Our traditional service begins at 8:30 a.m. and our contemporary service is held at 11:00 a.m. Between services, we offer Bible Study for all ages, starting at 9:45 a.m.

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Our Staff


Pastor Ron Smith

Pastor Ron

Senior Pastor at FBC-HDG since 1998

Pastor Ron Smith is a Maryland native, born in Abingdon, and before being called to seminary, he was a member of FBC-HDG. He served as pastor to several churches in Texas and Utah before God called him back to Havre de Grace.

His wife, Fern, was born in Chelsa, Massachusetts. They have three children, Jami, Tiffany and Ian.  Jami and Tiffany are both marrried, and Jami has 2 children.


  • Master of Divinity, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Graduate work in Biology, Towson State University, Towson, Maryland
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry, Towson State University

Previous Service:

  • Associate Pastor, Southeast Baptist Church, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1995-1997
  • Pastor, First Southern Baptist Church, Bountiful, Utah, 1993-1995
  • Pastor, First Baptist Church, Provo, Utah, 1990-1993
  • Interim Pastor, First Baptist Mission, Payson, Utah, 1990
  • Missionary Pastor, First Baptist Church, Pleasant Grove, Utah, 1987-1990
  • Pastor, Edgeview Baptist House Church, Fort Worth, Texas, 1985-1987
  • Pioneer Penetration, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1984
  • Sunday School Teacher, Southwayside Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas, 1983-1985
  • Deacon, First Baptist Church, Havre de Grace, Maryland, 1980-1983
    (Deacon Chairman 1982-1983)



Kim Von Wahlde has stepped down as church secretary.

Our new Ministry Assistant is Danielle Bauer.



Richard Holcomb,
Building & Grounds Custodian


Lenore Coe Haynes


Lenore Haynes has stepped down as music director.

Lenore stepped down in order to join her husband Rick Haynes in working with the church Rick has started. His church is Lighthouse Mission of Havre de Grace. She will also be working with Rick in his ministry to the homeless and needy families. That ministry is called Answered Prayers Ministry. We sent them off, so to speak, as missionaries out of First Baptist Church, praying over them as we sent them out, prying God's blessings on them.

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