Who We Are
Stepping Stone Ministry is a college ministry affiliated with Grace Life Church, and it is located at the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins. We are committed to bringing the message of the hope of Jesus Christ to the Johns Hopkins campus and to the surrounding communities.
Stepping Stone is where people come to:
Encounter God for the first time, learning that they matter to God (Romans 5:8, Luke 24:31-32).
Experience God afresh, remembering that God desires to be known deeply (Acts 17:26-27).
Engage God in everyday life, knowing that God desires to be involved in people’s lives in a continuous relationship (Phil 2:13, Matt 6:31-33).
Stepping Stone has been on the Johns Hopkins campus since 1998. We started with a group of 8 students who wanted to see more people on this campus come to experience and know God personally. We’ve grown quite a bit since then. But we are still committed to seeing more people on the Hopkins campus come to know God and grow in Him.
We firmly believe that God is the only one that can change people’s lives and empower changed people to transform communities through the Holy Spirit. Thus, we seek to be a transforming and relevant community of students who, in learning and applying God’s Word to our lives, impact the world around us for Jesus Christ by engaging in our culture and befriending those around us.
Our mission is to provide a place where people can encounter God, regardless of where they are in their spiritual journeys. Together, as a community, we invite those around us to join us in encountering, experiencing, and engaging God in ways that are real and relevant.
Our doctrinal beliefs in general are best represented by the Southern Baptist Convention's Statement of Faith.
However, we welcome people of all places and stages of faith to our services and small groups, and hope to foster an environment of seeking honestly and asking questions. We seek to remain united together in pursuing the essential message of the gospel, while showing grace towards one another in discussing disputable matters.
Stepping Stone Ministry is a campus ministry of Grace Life Church, located in Catonsville, Maryland, and operates under the authority of the Grace Life Church staff and the leadership team. However, as a student specific ministry, SSM operates its own independent Friday night fellowships, small groups, outreach events, and discipleship classes.