Clearly, the original 100-year old church building was becoming increasing inadequate. Engineering studies found it unsafe, and it could not be made sound without a complete rebuilding. The question became: Should Christ Church stay in what was an increasingly poverty-ridden immediate area or move to the more affluent suburbs, as many other churches had done?
Pastor Deaton advocated remaining in South Baltimore. He wrote: “Let no one say our location is not good. This has always been our excuse for doing nothing. The unique thing about our church, and that which makes it the ‘talk of the city’ and the whole church, is that we maintain our strength and give such an effective witness in this location.”
Members rallied around this cause, and the beautiful edifice we worship in today was dedicated in 1958. Completed at a total cost of more than one million dollars, it was the only new religious building built in Baltimore’s inner city for over 50 years. Dr. Deaton died a few months before the burning of the mortgage, less than three years after the building opened.
Dr. Warren C. Johnson was the fourth pastor of Christ Church from 1961-1964. Outreach programs during his tenure included a Sunday School class for young married couples, a bus route through neighboring communities to bring people to church, and committees to contact every parish member several times a year to encourage greater participation in church life.