African Relief Ministries

African Relief Ministry

The mission of Hartford’s African Relief Ministry is to support the well-being of our brothers and sisters in Africa and throughout the Diaspora through funds raised with the African Relief Fund. This ministry also will administer the Rites of Passage program for boys and girls from America to connect with their African ancestry, culture and traditions to develop into successful adults.

President and Africa Project Leader: Ron Spears

Vice President: Leslie Graham Andrews

African Relief Ministry Website

African Relief Ministry Newsletter

Birth Month Ministries

October Birth Month Ministry

Hartford members born in the month of October are invited to join.  We participate in multiple missionary activities and projects during the year: annual Fellowship Hour; Harvest Day Celebration, food service at soup kitchen, etc. 

Ministry Leader: Maxine Johnson

Meeting Days & Times:  Meetings suspended during pandemic.  Electronic communications forwarded to ministry sent as required.

Business Ministry

Hartford Business Ministry

With Proverbs 22:29 (ESV) as its basis: “Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men”, the Hartford Business Ministry strives to provide valuable products and services to the Hartford community and beyond, all while making ourselves better in our business, personal, and Christian lives.

With multiple sources of exposure available, we encourage business owners to become members of the Hartford Business Ministry…now more than ever, business people need to network and build strong relationships…let’s learn how we can help the Church and one another!

Ministry Leader: Deacon John Bradley

Meeting Days & Times:  Meetings suspended during pandemic.  Electronic communications forwarded to ministry sent as required. 

Church Clerk

Church Clerk Ministry

The Church Clerk Ministry is responsible for assisting the pastor by registering new members, preparing the candidates for Baptism, managing the church office on Sundays, assisting the facilitators with the New Members Class and providing the congregation with assistance as needed.

Ministry Leader: Deacon Maxine Borders
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College Circle

College Circle Ministry

The College Circle ministry was created to keep youth connected (socially, spiritually and professionally) to each other and Hartford church while away at college or graduate school. We also want to provide mentoring opportunities to connect college students with scholarships, internships and careers in their field of study.

Ministry Leader – Rev. Jonathan Betts-Fields, Youth Pastor

Ministry WebsiteThe College Circle

Ministry ActivitiesHartford Youth Department

General Mission

General Mission Ministry

General Mission assist those who are  in need.  We devote ourselves to prayer, and helping those in the community, and to the ministry of the world Acts 6:4.  

General Mission President – Deacon Regina A. Gibson
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Meeting Days and Times: The Circle of Love #5 is active and meets the 2nd Saturday @ 10:00 each month.

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Evangelism Ministry

Hartford Evangelism Ministry

The Hartford Evangelism Ministry is a fellowship of Christian believers who have dedicated themselves to spreading the Gospel in obedience to Jesus’ “Great Commission” to the Church given in Mark 16:15; “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone”. Our ministry changes lives and is open to anyone who loves people and wants to see them saved. We will teach you how to witness effectively and provide you with opportunities to practice your witnessing skills in real life situations.

Ministry Leader: Rev. Albert Harrison

Meeting Days and Times: Monthly, 3rd Saturday, 1:00PM (by Zoom until further notice)

Training Opportunities –  4 week class starting January 2021 (contact ministry leader for more information)

Harambee Ministry


By welcoming, informing, assimilating, affirming and activating of those who recently made Hartford Memorial Baptist Church their church home.

The Harambee Ministry is committed to deepening the Christian experience of recently joined members for a life-long Christian involvement in a supportive Christian environment.


To prepare recent joinees to attain their maximum Christian potential and to empower them to constructs and control their own desires.


Harambee is a Swahili word that “Let’s all pull together” is dedicated to deepening the experience of the love of Christ in the body of Christ, which is the church; and to transform a vast congregation into an intimate family of mutually supportive members.

Ministry Website: Harambee Ministries 

Hartford Married Couples Ministry


The mission of the Married Couples Ministry (MCM) of HMBC is to continue to build on the foundation of holy matrimony with humble acts of submission and loving one another, even as Christ also loved the church. To be constantly mindful of our marital vows with willful obedience and mutual respect, for better or for worse, till death do us part.

We will commit with relentless persistence to walk together by faith and Christian
harmony, while consecrating ourselves to spiritual growth and Christian service.
Also, we will render opportunities to develop new and enduring friendships with married
couples through planned social activities and fellowship.

United, we strive to provide a compassionate outreach ministry that supports and comforts married couples challenged by adversity, or spouses who suddenly find themselves in a state of loneliness.


MCM Past Events Gallery

Hartford Men United Ministry
Harford Men United

The mission of Hartford’s Men’s Ministry is to be of service to the men of the church and the community to address the mental, physical and spiritual needs needed to nurture and fulfill God’s purpose for our lives.

President: Eugene Kelley, II

Vice President: Ron Spears

Hartford Men United Website

Hartford Men United Newsletter

Men’s Bible Study Zoom Tuesdays 7pm EST

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Hartford Women United Ministry

Harford Women United

HWU is a year round ministry which involves prayer retreats for women, lectures on critical women’s topics, worship services for all during the month of September, a concert by the Women’s Chorus, workshops for spiritual growth, fashion shows for fellowship and fundraising, sponsorship of Young Hartford Women United, and on-going outreach/missions to the community.


Scouting Ministry

Boy Scouts Ministry

Hartford Church is the chartering organization for Boy Scout Troop 647 and Pack 647. Omari Sankofa is the Scoutmaster and Eileen Gordon-King is the Cubmaster. 

The 110-year-old organization known as the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. Pack 647 serves youth from age 5 (kindergarten) to 5th grade. Hartford Troop 647 serves youth from grades 6 through 12. 

Typically, Troop and Pack 647 meet each 2nd Saturday from 1 pm to 4 pm. Our calendar begins in September and ends in June. As well, we attend summer camp in August. Our meetings have moved online, and activities have been very fluid since March 2020 – due to Covid18 restrictions. 


Cub Master Eileene Gordon-King

Transitional Outreach (Homeless) Ministry


Hartford’s Transitional Outreach Ministry provides the homeless (families, women, veterans etc.) with worship/fellowship services and resources such as food, clothing, bibles, and referral information. By partnering with shelters and other organizations we support the positive transformation of their lives.

Ministry Leader: Rev. Dr. Denise Henderson

Meeting Days and Times: Every other month or more on Saturdays 10:30am