We are located on the corner of Roland and 38th Streets in the Heart of Hampden. Historically, Hampden was a mill town in a cluster of mill towns located along the Jones Falls. A blue-collar community, we have been experiencing rapid gentrification as the blue collar workers age, and highly educated young adults move into the community.
We support the Roland View Towers, a senior apartment complex, with 20% section 8 housing, 1 block to our north.
"The Avenue" (36th Street) is a date-night destination with boutiques, trendy restaurants, and artist studios 2 blocks to our south.
Every year at Christmas, Hampden is home to the "Miracle on 34th Street" where an entire city block is decorated lavishly.
Blocks away is the Woodberry stop on the Baltimore Lightrail. In this area, renovated mills are home to shops, artists, restaurants and high-end apartments.
3800 Roland Ave, Baltimore MD
We have a strong history in the Hampden community, and plan to continue our mission and ministry for many years to come. As we move forward, we plan to expand our outreach to the Roland View Towers, expand our free after-school program and summer camp program, and start a youth group to complement the Sunday School program.
There is a place for you here, as we seek to fulfill our mission statement: "We are called to address the needs of God's children within and beyond our walls."
Our Life Together
Good Shepherd UMC was formed as a merger of several predecessor congregations, most of which were the products of merger themselves. In 1999, three United Methodist Churches located within only a few blocks of one another decided that they could do more together than they could separately. Roland Avenue-Evergreen UMC, Woodberry UMC, and Otterbein Memorial UMC merged to form Good Shepherd UMC. We were named after the stained glass window that takes up a wall of our sanctuary, depicting Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
In December 2008, tragedy struck Mt. Vernon UMC, on 33rd Street. Lightning hit the steeple, and the congregation decided not to rebuild, but rather to merge into the congregation at Good Shepherd. The merger was completed in 2009.
We meet in the former Otterbein Memorial building. We own almost the entire city block, including 2 houses, a parking lot, and an old funeral home that is rented out to a local business.