Meet Our Pastor,
Rev. Larry Wayne Jordan, Ph.D.
Dr. Jordan, a native of Waynesboro, Mississippi, is the son of the late Mr. Frank and Mrs. Earnestine Jordan. Dr. Jordan’s early religious training and education was received at the Saint Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Mississippi, where he confessed Christ and was baptized.
Dr. Jordan served proudly and honorably for two years in the U.S. Army from 1967 – 1969. He continued federal service and was employed for 30 years by the Department of Veterans Affairs where he served as the Director, Systems Services Division.
Dr. Jordan joined the Maple Springs Baptist Church of Capitol Heights, Maryland in 1971. Since becoming a member of the Maple Springs Baptist Church, he has been very active and has served in several capacities. He served as Minister of Education, Minister of Foreign Missions, Chairman of the Finance Committee, a Deacon, a Trustee, and as an Adult Sunday School teacher. In 1981, Dr. Jordan accepted his call to the gospel ministry. He was licensed in the gospel ministry August 17, 1981 and ordained on February 27, 1983, under the leadership of Reverend Chester A. McDonald, Sr.
Dr. Jordan served as the Assistant Pastor of Maple Spring Baptist Church in Capitol Heights, Maryland from 1997-2001. As the Assistant Pastor, he served on the Maple Springs Baptist Church's foreign and domestic missions and outreach team. He has served in Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies, Fiji Islands in the South Pacific, Australia, Brazil, Liberia, West Africa, London, England, Vienna, Austria, Ghana, West Africa, Kenya, East Africa and Nigeria, West Africa.
In 1992, Dr. Jordan was appointed President of the Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary and today, he continues to serve as President of the Institution. In addition to his presidency, Dr. Jordan serves as a tour host for the Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary and in this capacity, has led a number of tour groups to Brazil, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Ghana, West Africa, and Ethiopia.
Dr. Jordan is a member of the Washington, DC and Vicinity Missionary Baptist Ministers Conference and also holds membership in the American Baptist Churches USA Convention. Dr. Jordan was previously listed in “Who’s Who in America” and “Strathmore’s Who’s Who” for his outstanding leadership and service.
Following his unanimous election on June 16, 2001, Dr. Jordan answered the call to pastor the Maple Springs Baptist Church and on September 16, 2001 was officially installed as Pastor.
In 2006, Dr. Jordan was selected to participate in the Lott Carey Pastoral Excellence Program. This is a three-year program that includes both foreign mission experiences and peer-to-peer mentoring. Over the course of the program, Dr. Jordan will travel to Guyana, Jamaica and South Africa where he, along with other pastors, will live and work with local church pastors in those countries; fully sharing in ministry.
In February 2007, Dr. Jordan received a Civic Award from Georgetown University for his outstanding leadership and community development efforts relative to the educational growth and development of youth in the community through tutorial programs.
In July 2007, Dr. Jordan was one of approximately forty (40) scholars invited to Manchester College of Oxford University in Oxford England to be a member of a Round Table entitled, “Religion and Decline of Public School”..”
In 2008, Dr. Jordan implemented a farming project in the Kericho District in Kenya, East Africa sponsored by the Maple Springs Baptist Church to assist in supplying food during a food shortage.
In February 2009, Dr. Jordan dedicated “The Kipsitet Baptist Church Medical Clinic” funded by the Maple Springs Baptist Church and Partners. Prior to the construction of the clinic, Dr. Jordan led several trips to the Kericho District in Kenya, East Africa to distribute medicines and health care supplies to government dispensaries. The Maple Springs Baptist Church supplies medicines quarterly to the clinic and several Kenya government dispensaries.
On March 27, 2010, Pastor Jordan will be honored by the “Radio One” community, specifically WYCB Radio. WYCB will homage and tribute to Pastor Jordan’s ministry. The following is a quote from WYCB speaking of Pastor Jordan. “Under your leadership, the Maple Springs Baptist Church has become a beacon of light in our community and we applaud your efforts in helping to make our community strong with all your various programs.”
Dr. Jordan is a graduate of the following institutions of higher learning: Jackson State University, B.S. Degree in Biology, and a minor in Chemistry - Cum Laude Trinity Theological Seminary, Master of Theology Degree - Summa Cum Laude Trinity Theological Seminary, Ph.D. Degree - Summa Cum Laude Richmond Virginia Seminary, Doctor of Pedagogy Degree - Honoris Causis.
Dr. Jordan is happily married to the former Gloria "Jean" Bethea of Red Springs, NC and they have one son, Tony Wayne, a daughter-in-law, Angela Denise and two grandsons, Mark Anthony and Isaiah Noel.
Dr. Jordan is a gifted preacher and teacher who truly strives to answer his calling to spread the Gospel throughout all nations.