West Baltimore urban missioner named

Posted Jan 19, 2017

[Diocese of Maryland] The Rev. Ramelle McCall has been appointed the new diocesan urban missioner for West Baltimore and priest-in-charge at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. The joint announcement was made by the Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, bishop of Maryland, and the vestry of Holy Trinity Church.

“We are delighted to partner with the parish of Holy Trinity in this new ministry in that community and surrounding areas,” said Sutton. “The Rev. McCall is a native of the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood in West Baltimore and I know he’s passionate about our Church’s voice and mission there,” the bishop said.  The Sandtown-Winchester community was the focal point of the Baltimore uprising in April 2015 following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. 

Holy Trinity was seeking clergy leadership with the retirement of the Rev. Eddie Blue. He served as rector for 32 years.

“I am blessed and grateful to the Holy Trinity vestry and Bishop Sutton for this opportunity,” said McCall. “We have a wonderful opportunity to work within our neighborhood and the wider community,” he said.  In his role as urban missioner, he will work to bridge area churches, social non-profit organizations, community groups and diocesan resources to address issues of poverty, violence and racism in West Baltimore.

McCall was awarded a Master of Divinity degree from Wake Forest University and did his Anglican studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 2011. He served St. Michael and All Angels, Baltimore, as rector and chaplain to the Maryland Institute College of Art. He begins his new work Feb. 13. Holy Trinity was founded in 1953. It’s located at 2300 West Lafayette Ave.

The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland consists of more than 100 worshiping communities in ten counties and Baltimore City. It is part of The Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion.