Every human being on earth is blessed with various gifts and is sometimes called to use those gifts to benefit others. Reverend Paulette Bostic is using her gifts to minister throughout the city of Baltimore. Born and raised in West Baltimore, Reverend Bostic was raised with four siblings by two loving parents who have been married for almost 50 years.
As a child Reverend Bostic attended church regularly, but was still exposed to individuals whose lifestyles differed from her Christian upbringing. It was this realization that pushed her in the direction of ministering to individuals in need of encouragement and spiritual guidance.
Reverend Bostic says, “I’ve always wanted to help others and I can understand how as young people in church sometimes we may struggle with living a path of righteousness so I wanted to serve as a role model that demonstrates to young Christians that it’s cool to be young and serve God.”
As one of youngest pastors in Baltimore City and first woman to co-pastor at the Jesus of Nazareth Freewill Baptist Church in Baltimore City, Reverend Bostic, age 31, says, “It’s not easy being young in ministry, but when you know the calling that God has on your life, you learn it’s not about you, but for the up building of His kingdom. It requires having to set myself aside wholeheartedly.”
One of the events that Reverend Bostic is proud of is the annual “Cease Fire” held each year in July in which church members distribute clothing and school supplies to those in need. Reverend Bostic also adds, “We sing too which I enjoy. It’s almost like an outdoor service.”
Reverend Bostic’s mother, Bishop Marilyn E. Bostic is the founder and pastor at the Jesus of Nazareth Freewill Baptist Church in Park Heights where they minister to an ever-growing congregation. When asked how she assures herself she is uplifting lives around her, Reverend Bostic says “It’s been many, many times where I’ve gone to the mall or at work and people approach me and share how something I said lifted their spirits through my ministering. It just further confirms that I’m doing exactly what God has ordained me to do.”
Reverend Bostic attended Arlington Bible College in Baltimore County where she took classes to further her education in the ministry. In addition she went through an ordination process to become a reverend.
She preached her initial sermon in September 2007 at Sweet Hope Baptist Church in West Baltimore. Reverend Bostic recalls she knew she was ready for the ministry after her first sermon. “After I finished my initial sermon I knew I was ready to begin God’s ministry for my life. Nothing I’ve had in life has come easy, I’ve had to work for everything, which makes me even more grateful for the blessings I have. I’m very thankful that for people who are touched through my word, but I know it’s God’s presence over me that allow me to preach his word.”