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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)

Pastor William Allen

Associate Pastor

William Allen, Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Political Science and Emeritus Dean, James Madison College, at Michigan State University.

He served previously on the United States National Council for the Humanities and as Chairman and Member of the United states Commission of Civil Rights.

Currently he serves as Veritas Fund Senior Fellow in the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University.

He is a Director at the University of Maryland Medical System's Upper Chesapeake Hospital, Trustee of the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation, and also a Member of the Harford County Regional Water and Sewer Authority Advisory Committee.

He has published nine books (most prominently, Re-Thinking Uncle Tom: the Political Philosophy of H.B. Stowe [Lexington Books, 2009]) and numerous articles and book reviews.



Kim Von Wahlde,
Ministry Assistant
Lenore Coe Haynes
Lenore Coe Haynes,
Music Director and Pianist

Richard Holcomb,
Building & Grounds Custodian
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