Thirty years ago, living a life typical of far too many inner city youth, God called Rev. Dr. Wilson to Himself and to the gospel ministry. Armed with nothing more than a passion for His Word, inspired by his wife, Ella, and God’ s leading, Dr. Wilson then pursued and completed the following degrees: a BA in Liberal Arts, a Master of Theology from Dallas Seminary, a MS in Sociology from the University of North Texas, and a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. He is now matriculating for a PhD in Religion and Society. In addition, Dr. Wilson has served as an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist, Texas Women’ s, and Axia Online universities. From 1989 to 1995, Dr. Wilson served as Executive Director of two organizations, Urban Evangelical Mission and Operation Relief Center, which focused on church planting, evangelism, and social transformation by providing social and spiritual services to the disenfranchised and homeless. During this time, Dr. Wilson also served as an inner-city pastor in South Dallas. Dr. Wilson is a published writer and essayist; he contributed to Urban Ministries International Sunday School curriculum for seven years. He served on theExecutive Board of Metropolitan Atlanta Baptist Ministers Union, and was a Certified Core Course Bible Instructor for National Baptist Convention. Dr. Wilson organized Redemption Fellowship (PCA) in Fayetteville, GA. Known for its love for one another, community involvement, missions, leadership development, and discipleship programs the community embraced Redemption as an equipping ministry and the church became a model for African American church planting in the PCA.
In God’ s sovereignty, the Spirit called Dr. Wilson to his social/cultural roots: an urban ministry in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Wilson began serving as Senior Pastor of New Song Community Church (NSCC) in 2015.
His life verse is Acts 17:28 (ESV) “In him we live and move and have our being.” Dr. Wilson’ s wife Ella is an accomplished soloist and choir director. They have two sons Kameron and Christopher, nine beautiful grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
Steve and Mary Smallman joined the staff of New Song Community Church in 1992. Steve served full-time from 1992 to 2004 as Associate Pastor, and as the Executive Director of New Song Arts. In 2004 Steve launched a digital marketing agency and became a volunteer with the church. He and his wife Mary have two sons who grew up in Sandtown. Both are now married, and are part of the New City Network of churches in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Mark Lange serves as Deacon at New Song Community Church and has been a member for 16 years. He’ s the manager of Sandtown Habitat for Humanity ReStore, has been married to Betty (an Usher) for 40 years, and has been a resident of Sandtown since 2005. He also provides information technology support for the church, editing and posting sermons online. Everyone knows Mark as the neighborhood caretaker for the stray cats in our community
Dr. Thomas joined New Song Community Church in 1990 and began serving as an elder in 1994. His occupation is a physician, and he is married to Suzanne and they have 3 children: Averie, Hudson, and Dara. What he appreciates most about New Song is the diversity that, to him, reflects the kingdom as it was meant to be.
Renee Hopkins serves as Office Manager, assisting with organizing community events for the various organizations and programs associated with the church. She has been involved with New Song in an official capacity since the early 1990s when she worked as part of the New Song afterschool program, Eden Jobs, and New Song Health Center. Shortly thereafter, she founded New Song Preschool in 1994. Renee was also assistant to the church’ s award-winning choir – Sandtown Children of Praise. She and her three sons are lifelong residents of Sandtown.
First Lady and Director of New Song Cares
First Lady, Director of New Song Cares
Mrs. Ella Wilson is the Director of New Song Cares and is also part of the New Song Praise Team. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Mrs. Wilson graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago campus, where she received her Masters degree from The National College of Education in Evanston, Illinois. She is certified in Leadership and Supervision. Mrs. Wilson has over 41 years of teaching experience. She has taught kindergarten through fifth grade and taught children from kindergarten through eighth grade students who were working below grade level in Reading and Math. She loves teaching and has finally retired completely.
Mrs. Wilson’s second love is music. She has been actively singing since she was seven years old. She sang in a professional group for four years and has received vocal training.
As Director of New Song Cares, Mrs. Wilson has incorporated her leadership and organizational skills to assist with jobs readiness and identify resources and services designed for the needs of the community. Along with the assistance of others, she hopes to see this program build stability in the community.
Elder and Founder of New Song Men’s (MOVA)
Elder and Founder of New Song Men’s (MOVA)
Antoine Bennett is a full-time employee with New Song Community Church. He is responsible for attending meetings in the community, and organizing events. Mr. Bennett is also the founder of New Song Men’s Ministry, also known as Men of Valuable Action (MOVA) – an organization which assists ex-offenders who are fathers seeking personal development through spiritual and economic engagement. He is the father of a young daughter named Antonia, and also a seminary student of L.A.M.P theological seminary.
As Worship Leader, Tim’s primary responsibilities include selecting the appropriate music for each service, managing “the details” of worship such as coordinating slide projection and audio, and leading the congregation in praise. He has been at New song for seven years, ever since a friend recommended visiting. Shortly thereafter, Tim became the church’s worship leader. Although his schooling was not rooted in music, Tim considers his natural talent a gift from God. As he put it, “What better way to utilize it than in the church?”
Ryan Diener has been attending New Song Community Church since 2003, after moving to Baltimore. A short time later he became a member of the church and he ultimately moved into the neighborhood in 2007. Ryan has been committed to submitting himself to Christ and the church leadership. While at New Song Community Church, He has served as a Deacon for several years and most recently as an Elder. Over the years Ryan has enjoyed being involved in the lives of several young men while mentoring them and getting to know his many neighbors. He has worked with the Baltimore Police Department since moving to Baltimore and is currently a detective. Ryan is keenly aware of the unique opportunities he has in living out the Gospel in his community and embraces the daily joys and challenges that he encounters. Ryan is currently single with no children.
Joel Brown has worked for New Song Community Church for the last several years as a full-time employee introducing kids to Christ through Youth Bible Study, and Middle and High School Youth Groups. He also manages all events pertaining to the youth with New Song. He is the proud husband of Latifahia Brown of five years. Together, they have a son named Alex and a daughter named Olivia.