Born in Jefferson County, West Virginia to the late E. Eugene and Frances Baltimore, Bishop Wilbert L. Baltimore’s ministerial gifts were exercised at an early age under the tutelage of his father, the late Bishop E. Eugene Baltimore, who was the Pastor of the Baltimore Temple Church in Ranson, West Virginia and also President and Senior Bishop of the King’s Apostle Holiness Church of God, Incorporated. As he began to further seek the Lord concerning his ministry, God prepared him for a most unusual anointing. The Lord not only blessed him in a spiritual manner, but also in a way wherein he could communicate with, and relate to people on many levels.
Bishop Wilbert Baltimore was ordained as a licensed minister by the King’s Apostle movement in 1965, where he held such positions as Minister of Music, Moderator of the Youth Conference and National Field Supervisor. In 1980, Dr. Baltimore was consecrated a Bishop in the movement. Over time, he was consecrated and served as Vice Bishop. In September of 1999, the Lord called Senior Bishop E. Eugene Baltimore to his eternal rest. Today, Bishop Wilbert L. Baltimore stands as the Presidential and Apostolic Successor to his late father.
In October of 1967, the Lord visited Bishop Wilbert Baltimore in a vision and showed him a field that needed harvesting – some of the crop was ripe and some was not. The Lord then equipped and directed him to move his family to Maryland. In March of the following year, the Lord so moved and the Holy Temple Church of God was established. The seed had been planted and continues to be watered and nurtured through the Word of God that Bishop Baltimore teaches and lives in his home, church and community. Under Bishop Baltimore’s guidance and leadership, the Holy Temple Church of God has now become the Holy Temple Cathedral; having moved from a little building in Jessup, MD with 4 members, to its present location on 7.2 acres of property on Bestgate Road in Annapolis, MD.
Dr. Baltimore is an accomplished teacher, lecturer, minister, administrator, and musician, who in addition to his pastoral duties, was an elementary school Principal and Administrator in the Anne Arundel County School System. His academic accomplishments include a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Shepherd College; a Masters in Elementary Administration from the George Washington University; a Doctorate of Divinity from the Trinity Hall College; a PhD in Religion from the North Carolina College of Theology; a Doctorate of Biblical Studies from the North Carolina College of Theology; and appointment to “Who’s Who,” for the 2006-2009 National listing of the Heritage Registry.
Bishop Baltimore is the proud father of four daughters: Rochelle Eileen, Carol Antoinette, and the twins, Angela Louise and the late Annette Lynn, and he is “pop-pop” to five grandsons: Kirk, Kameron, Marcus, Trent, and Traeton.