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MANdatory Awareness: Pastor Dantwan Broady

Dantwan Broady is a native Baltimorean and a graduate of Lake Clifton Senior High School.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore.  He is the father of three young men and understands the influence, power, and potential African American men can have on Baltimore if they understand their value and walk within their purpose.  He is also aware of the struggles and uses obstacles as opportunities to build wealth and increase knowledge within the Broadway East community where he was raised. 

Pastor Broady preached his initial sermon in November of 2011.  As a Southern Baptist Church member, he studied and applied God’s word within all aspects of his life.  It wasn’t long before his talents and desire to spread the gospel brought him to be assigned the title of Executive Minister, a position he served diligently in from November 2014 until December 2017. 

In January of 2017, Dantwan was installed as the Pastor of The Temple Church and Ministries, located at 1844 N. Durham Street in Baltimore, Maryland.  He preached his first sermon to a congregation of 2 individuals.  Remembering Matthew 18:20, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them,” he was not discouraged and began to make his vision a reality.  Through preaching, teaching, and outreaching, Dantwan began being about his father’s business.  Pastor Broady has established himself as a power player in the Broadway East community by hosting ceasefire events and providing legal information. Most recently offering his building as a hub to provide Wi-Fi to the neighborhood, allowing underprivileged children the opportunity to remain competitive with their peers.   

Fast forward to the year of 2021, under the leadership of Pastor Broady, the Temple Church and Ministries now owns almost the entire 1800 block of Durham Street. The church continues to reach out to the community by providing clothing, food, and cell phones to individuals in need.  They are planning to assist seniors in an effort to raise morale and will be sponsoring various programs to assist with resume building, mentoring, and job placement.  In just four short years, the congregation has grown rapidly, and even in the midst of a pandemic, you may have difficulty finding a seat in either service at 9:30 am or 11:30 am.  Pastor Broady is the epitome of what is possible when God is in your corner.  His anointing is unquestionable and recognized throughout the state of Maryland and with anyone who comes in contact with him.  In addition, his social media presence is undeniable, and his number of followers continues to grow in droves and he is the newly elected for the Central Committee Chair Member Seat for the 45th District of Baltimore City.

 

Christina: What is your Swagger? What makes Dantwan, Dantwan?

Dantwan: My Swagger is originality. I’m a classic man. In a world where many people focus on imitation, I stay true to myself. I set the precedence. Instead of following the latest trends, I create the trends. My ambition, vision, and charisma define who I am, and it keeps people intrigued and wanting more.

Christina: Did you grow up in church? Is that what piqued your interest in becoming a pastor? 

Dantwan: Yes, my grandmother is one of the most influential people in my life, and in her house, church was not an option. I cannot say that church piqued my interest in becoming a pastor because I never aspired to become a pastor. Becoming a pastor was more of a calling that I was compelled to answer because when God speaks, you listen.

Christina: What is your favorite scripture and why?  

Dantwan: Psalm 1 v 1-3 “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by the streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither whatever they do prospers.” I love this scripture because it illustrates that you will always win as long as you remain connected with God.

Christina: How long have you been preaching at The Temple Church and Ministries? 

Dantwan: I just celebrated my 4th Pastoral anniversary on January 10, 2021.

Christina: What are three things that you would tell somebody who wants to have a relationship with God?  

Dantwan: The three things I would tell somebody who wants to have a relationship with God is that he is always available, he is always around, and he is always able.

Christina: Do you remember how you felt when you gave your first sermon? Tell us a little about that experience. 

Dantwan: I absolutely remember my initial sermon. I preached it in November of 2011, and I was extremely nervous. It is such a humbling experience to preach the word of God. There were so many insecurities, so many feelings of inadequacy that I overcame that day literally as I was preaching. The Lord was present, and his approval allowed me to complete my assignment for that day.

Christina: Tell us about the ceasefire events that you host.  

Dantwan: Regardless of whether you have visited Baltimore, Maryland or not, they are known for being one of the most dangerous cities. The neighborhood I Pastor in is called the Broadway East community and is also where I was born and raised. I believe that if you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem. I have partnered with various political leaders and law enforcement within the city to emphasize peace. Whenever a situation arises, I am front and center, and I offer my church as a place where people can meet, which serves as a neutral location. I encourage dialogue and peaceful resolutions while incorporating scripture to provide hope for people who believe they are in hopeless situations.

Christina: Do you have any upcoming events or projects that you would like our readers to know about?  

Dantwan: There is always something happening at the Temple Church and Ministries. Outreach is a primary focus, and my vision for that expands far beyond the resources readily available at my church, and various organizations always bless us. I would like your readers to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and review our website at www.thetemplechurchandministries.org for up-to-date information on what is happening in and around The Temple.

Christina: Is there anything else you would like to share?  

Dantwan: There is no place like the Temple. If you have not joined us in person or followed us, you are truly missing out. We are very down to earth, and unlike any other church, you have attended. I am approachable and genuinely want to see everyone succeed. I am fully vested in my congregation and would love to be your Pastor or even connect with you. Please visit us at 1844 N. Durham Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21213. You can contact me anytime at templechurchministry@gmail.com.

 

Website:  www.thetemplechurchandministries.org

Instagram:  @templechurchministries

Facebook:  The Temple Church and Ministries

 

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