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About Govans Presbyterian Church 

Thank you for visiting Govans Presbyterian Church online.  We welcome you to browse this Web site to find out about our church, visit us on Sunday morning, or come to one of our special events.

You'll find that indeed it is true -- we're a different kind of church for people who want to make a difference.

 Learn about our Pastor, Tom Harris

 Read a welcome message from Reverend Harris

 View directions to the church

Purpose Statement 

Govans Presbyterian Church is a theologically progressive community empowering people to make the world better. We empower people to make the world better by encouraging each person to develop and nurture a relationship with God as they understand God. God is the source of our life, joy, healing, wholeness, ability to overcome obstacles and make a positive difference in the world. We provide the means for each person to grow in their relationship with God, by inviting and welcoming all people to worship, learn, serve, and care for one another.


As a Christian community, we embrace values and virtues demonstrated in the life and teaching of Jesus and throughout the Bible, including:

· Selfless love as demonstrated by Jesus throughout his ministry and death on the cross.

· Relational ministry that prioritizes listening and building relationships.

· Healing and restoration of God’s creation.

· Liberation for all people held in bondage whether by personal or social powers.

· Equality and equal opportunity for all people to enjoy the abundance of God’s creation.


Govans Presbyterian Church was established in October 1844 as a Union Chapel. By 1846 it had become a full church and a member of the Presbytery of Baltimore. The Church is part of the PCUSA Denomination, and a member of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic.

"Govans" (Govan, Govane) is the name of the community in which the church is located. The family that established old Govanstown in the late 1700's came from the Glasgow area of Scotland - where another congregation, with roots dating back to 575, bears the same family name: Govan Old Parish.

Govans Presbyterian is a member of a number of advocacy and educational groups.

Govans Presbyterian is A More Light Church, meaning we are welcoming of all persons into the life and leadership of our church regardless of their race, age or sexual orientation.

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COVID-19 Updates

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the church building is currently closed until further notice.

Join us for worship service via Zoom and Facebook Live each Sunday at 10:00 a.m

Here are our updated Covid-19 policies.

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Everyone is welcome here. And we mean everyone as in all colors, cultures, orientations, identities, abilities, levels of perfection, or lack thereof. And we mean welcome as in, please become a full, participating member of our community and share your gifts at any level of leadership. Everyone is welcome here. 

Worship with us Sunday morning, get involved in mission, or contribute in another way. Govans Presbyterian Church is a More Light Congregation, and believes all people are welcome at God’s table, as Christ teaches us. We provide an open and affirming worship experience for the LGBTQ community.

 Read our Purpose Statement.



10:00 a.m. -Worship via Zoom and Facebook Live, followed by education and fellowship opportunities.

Email for a link to the Zoom meeting.

Pastor Tom Harris

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Govans Presbyterian Church
5828 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212
Phone: (410) 435-9188
Fax: (410) 323-4409

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