What is Baptism?

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward reality. It is a way of showing others that you have entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and desire to walk in obedience to God’s will. The water symbolizes what took place in your heart at the time of salvation:

  • You accepted Jesus Christ as Lord (Leader of your life) and Savior (Forgiver of your sins).
  • You shared in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, illustrated through baptism by going under the water (dead to your old, self-centered life), then rising again (new life in Christ).
  • You were symbolically washed clean, and your sins were forgiven by his death on the cross.

We believe that baptism is an important step of obedience for every person who has accepted Christ as his or her Savior. Still, you may have questions. These questions and others are answered in this brief video clip by our pastors. Please also see our FAQs on baptism below.

The Baptism Process

  • If you think baptism is the next step for you, take a few minutes and watch our pastors explain more about baptism. They will answer the questions we are most often asked about baptism.
  • Complete the baptism application. Once we receive your application, we will contact you to schedule your videotaping and baptism.
  • Get baptized! Baptisms take place at our Sunday services in April, November, and at Holbrook Hollow Farm in August.

For questions, please contact your campus pastor:

Eldersburg: Mike Palmer
Hampstead: Kevin Deming
Westminster: Kevin Syes


Please complete this form if you are considering baptism:

Baptism Application