In tracing available records of the Fairview A.M.E. Church, it is evident that this “little church on the side of a hill” was built on the faith of a community that desired strongly to serve God with everything they possessed. According to early records, it was because of the “strong desire of the people of the communities of Forest Hill, Cooptown, and Jarrettsville for a place to worship, that a group met with the Superintendent of Schools in Harford County [to] ask permission to hold religious services in the school-house on Sundays. [And] as they worshipped, plans were made for the building of a church.”
Soon, the congregation of Fairview African Methodist Episcopal Church began to see their plans to build a church crystallize. In 1897, under the leadership of Reverend Murray, the building fund began to increase steadily, Mr. George Turner donated some property, and additional lots were purchased. As interest in the building program grew, it created a yearning for improvements in the worship service. Thus, camp meeting (held in tents), had its beginning.
The following pastors and the congregation continued to grow the church spiritually and physically. The church was ready for occupancy within 2 years, a bell was purchased for the church. In 1927 a parsonage was purchased and the church was wired for electric lights. A hall was dedicated in 1944 and named in honor of Deborah Bond. In 1946 Fairview purchased grounds to extend the cemetery, which was later dedicated as the Turner Memorial Cemetery.
Fairview has helped support local organizations in the community including SARC and the Harford Alliance for the Homeless. Each year our church gives presents to the children on behalf of their incarcerated parent by way of Angel Tree. We continue to work within the community.
The Reverend Rae-Lynn Kingeter is a native Baltimorean and the last born of six children to Thomas J. and Alice M. Greene. She has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied and Psychology and worked as a Rehabilitation Counselor for the chronically mentally ill. She later pursued graduate studies in counseling where she earned a Masters of Education degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling in 1991 from Coppin State College.
In 1992 Reverend Kingeter joined Payne Memorial AME Church under the pastorate of (now Bishop) Rev. Dr. Vashti Murphy McKenzie where she served as a Steward, Instructor for New Members Class, and taught Women’s Bible Study. While at Payne Reverend Kingeter answered the call to ministry and began to pursue the vision that God had for her life. In 2002, under the Pastorate of Reverend Dr. Michael O. Thomas, Reverend Kingeter was ordained an Itinerate Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and received her final ordination as an Itinerate Elder in 2004. Also during this time she received a Masters of Science Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola College of Baltimore. As a result she worked as a therapist in private practice in Baltimore County serving the needs of children and families as well as individual men and women.
Before being appointed as Pastor to Fairview AME Church in Forest Hill, MDin 2016, Reverend Kingeter served as pastor to Mt. Joy AME Church in Monkton, MD. Prior to that she was Minister to Women at Payne Memorial AME Church under the direction, leadership and tutorage of Dr. A. Qismat Alim. While there she taught workshops for women and youth, lectured and held women retreats for spiritual growth and development. During her ministerial journey Reverend Kingeter served as the Correspondence Secretary, Eastern District Caucus Leader and Coordinator for the Baltimore Annual Conference Women in Ministry. Her Professional organizational affiliations include Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and the National Board of Certified Counselors. She served as Coordinator of the Baltimore Annual Conference Women in Ministry from 2010-2016. Founded DIVAS: Mentoring Program in partnership with Baltimore County School System (Divinely Inspired to be Victorious in All thingS) Developed an Annual Lenten Meditation Devotional for the Baltimore Conference WIM Her Platform for Ministry is…. “Living out the Promise” 2 Corn 1:20(NIV) For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
Reverend Kingeter’s greatest joy is her family of creation and pro-creation. She is a wife and mother and believes that true devotion to your family is the most important ministry a person can have.