United Church began as a heart’s response to people in need. Tim Wolf had spent 10 years serving as an associate pastor at a church in New Jersey when God stirred something in his heart to make a change. Desiring to cultivate Christian community and introduce new people to the gospel in real and relevant ways, he was drawn to the vision of church planting. Originally from Maryland, Tim was excited when the door opened to move back to the Baltimore area, join the staff of a church as a church planting resident and begin on the journey to plant a new church in Owings Mills – an area of Baltimore that he and his family came to love.
Tim Wolf is the lead pastor of United Church and the first “members” were his wife Maria and their 5 children – the Wolfpack. Since 2016 they have been building relationships, spreading love and developing a community in their special corner of Baltimore.
We are a diverse community of people from all walks and stages of life that love God, love people, and are active in our community. We say we are “a church for people who don’t go to church” because we want everyone wherever they are in life and wherever they’re coming from to feel like they can bring their realest selves and not only find love and community but also an opportunity to encounter Jesus and to explore what life with Him is like. We exist to help people connect to God and experience his love. As we grow in numbers, our humble prayer is that we continue to be known for loving ALL people, cultivating genuine community, discipling new believers, and maintaining a heart and passionate commitment to service.
A church for people who don’t go to church
Helping people connect to God
Jesus prayed that the church would be one, so we strive for unity. We believe the kingdom of God is truly diverse and that diversity is the fullest expression of the gospel. We are united by the basic essentials of the Christian faith and come together as people of all socio-economic, racial, ethnic, political and cultural backgrounds, choosing not to be divided by any man-made “rules” or “traditions”.
We believe that one of the best ways to show God’s love is by coming together and taking action to impact our local and global communities. We partner with and champion the efforts of non-profits and organizations that share our heart to change our community for the better.
Jesus said that by our unity and love for one another, the world would know his love. God calls us to not only work alongside and live alongside people who are different than us, but to worship and serve with those who look different, who grew up differently, and who live differently. This kind of love requires intentionality, putting ourselves in one another’s shoes, getting uncomfortable, fighting for freedom together, and continuing to ask questions that help ensure that everyone who is a part of United feels represented and valued. We celebrate diversity while being united by the one thing that brings everyone together – the love of Jesus.
Kids and students matter. They matter to God and they matter to us. And because of that, we want to help them win–in their relationships at home, at school, in their neighborhoods, and ultimately in their relationship with Jesus. We want to point kids and students to Jesus and help them win by listening to them, by investing in them, by celebrating them, and by showing up in their lives.
Jesus came from heaven as the Son of God, and lived his life as a servant. He did this because he was thinking of all of us first. He wanted all of us to be able to experience God’s love and have a relationship with him. Our prayer is that we would strive to live lives defined by putting others first, that others might experience what Jesus’ love is like.
Jesus includes everyone and invites all people into a relationship with him, teaching, “Come as you are, but don’t stay that way” because the best life he has for us involves becoming more like him. That means pursuing growth. We want to build a culture where we are all alway asking, “What am I doing to pursueWhat’s my next step in finding and following Jesus?”
United is a non-denominational Christian Church.
We recognize the authority of the Christian Scriptures for our life and practice and we hold to the essential historic beliefs of the Christian Church.
We believe in the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and seek to live out his teachings in the world.
We are committed to Christian unity, so we hold to the saying: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, love.”
We believe in asking questions. We understand that belief and faith come from seeking answers to questions about God. He is not afraid of our questions. In fact, He welcomes them. At United, we welcome them as well and would be glad to discuss any of them with you.