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About Our Pastors

Joined Together in Ministry

Rev. Michael D. and Rev Dr. Phyllis M. Addison have been married since June 27, 1970. From this union they have three children: five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  In the spring of 2017 the Addison's along with a group of faithful couples re-organized the Married Mates Ministry Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit faith-based organization established to focus on married, engaged, and couples contemplating marriage - providing mentoring and enhancing relationships.   In May 2020, a vision was fulfilled. Rev Addison and his committed partner in ministry, Rev. Dr. Phyllis Addison united with a group of baptized Believers to establish the New Life Restoration Ministries (NLRM).   Rev. Michael D. Addison (Senior Pastor) and Rev Dr. Phyllis M. Addison (Pastor) believe that NLRM is a testimony of God's faithfulness to "restore".  The Lord has blessed the ministry with faithful workers thriving to do the work of kingdom building.

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On February 15, 1986, (Senior Pastor) Rev. Michael D. Addison accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and immediately united with Friendship Baptist Church under the leadership of his pastor, the late Rev. Dr. William McCoy Jr.   Pastor McCoy encouraged “Mike” to seek formal Christian education and take advantage of the learning opportunities made available through the Maryland and National Baptist Congresses of Christian Education. 

Additionally, he began studies in religious education at the Greater New Hope Bible College and the Arlington Bible College where in 2003 he received his Associates Degree in Biblical Studies.  After years of prayer and supplication, Rev Addison accepted the call to proclaim the Word of God and was licensed to preach in 2004. In 2005, he was ordained into service receiving prayers for the gifts of the Holy Spirit and of grace required to continue carrying out the full ministry of Christ.  Rev. Addison continued his education and in 2008 he earned a Baccalaureate Degree in Biblical Studies and in 2010, a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Studies, and in 2021 he received his Master of Divinity from the Eastern Theological Seminary in Lynchburg Virginia.  Rev Addison is certified as an Evangelical Training Associate Instructor and focuses on leadership, ministry and outreach development skills and education. 

In his local assembly, Rev. Addison served as an Associate Minister with assigned pulpit duties.  He also helped coordinate and teach in new members orientation, Sunday School and the mid-week Bible Study.  Rev. Addison was assigned many other responsibilities during the many years he served at Friendship Baptist Church and was instrumental in the historic move from Edmonson Village to its’ current location in Northeast Baltimore City. A few of his responsibilities included:

  • Development of a New Members Orientation Manual

  • Facilitator and instructor for the Married Mates Ministry

  • Co-established and oversight of the New Life Substance Abuse Ministry

  • Facilitator and instructor of the Christian Men’s Ministry

  • Graphic artist for the church newsletter, webpage, and for celebratory booklets for special occasions


Rev. Addison is highly regarded as a Christian educator and Evangelist.  He has experience in working with church leaders, pastors, church staffs, and in building effective ministry teams throughout the metropolitan area.  His community outreach includes:

  • Serving as a xhaplain at the Future Care long term nursing facility where he made frequent visitations to those without family or regular visitors

  • Sharing the Gospel and helping to feed men without permanent homes such as Christopher’s Place and several other shelters in Baltimore City.

  • Sharing the Gospel at temporary shelters such as Helping Up Missions

Rev Addison received his formal education in the Baltimore City Public School system, where he graduated from Edmondson High School. He worked for the City of Baltimore prior to serving in the U.S. Army, receiving an honorable discharge in 1971.

Rev. Michael D. Addison’s favorite scripture is Galatians 2:20

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life

which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me

and gave Himself for me.”  


A native of Halifax County, Virginia, (Pastor) Rev Dr. Phyllis M. Addison was educated in the Baltimore City school system, graduating from Edmondson High School. She continued her education attending the American Institute of Banking; beginning a career in the world of finance. Rev. Addison retired from the University of Maryland Baltimore County after working as an Business Service Specialist for 16 years.

In November of 1978, Rev. Dr. Addison accepted the Lord as her Savior and joined Friendship Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. William McCoy Jr.  She worked in various ministries developing spiritual growth and a growing love for Christ.   Rev. Dr. Addison felt both a call from God to preach the Gospel and a stronger desire to do even more in the ministry.  She was licensed to preach in April 1993 and in May of 2003 was ordained and prepared to carry out a greater service in kingdom building.


Eager to gain more knowledge, Dr. Addison attended the Greater New Hope Bible College, and the Arlington Bible College and Seminary, where she received an Associate Degree in Bible Studies.  In 2006, she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree also in Biblical Studies.  In 2010, Rev. Dr. Addison received her Master of Arts Degree in Religious Education. Continuing to satisfy that thirst for knowledge, Rev. Dr. Addison earned her Master of Divinity in 2011 from Eastern Theological Seminary.  In 2013, she received her Doctor of Divinity from the Maryland Theological Seminary.  Rev. Dr. Addison has also participated in courses offered by The National Baptist Convention, USA Inc., Congress of Christian Education, and is certified to teach by the Evangelical Training Association.


Rev. Dr. Addison continued to be actively involved in the ministry of the church. In 2007 under the leadership of Rev. Alvin Gwynn Sr, she was appointed Assistant to the Pastor.  In January of 2012, the church body elected Rev. Addison as the Assistant Pastor. (This tenure ended in January 2018.)


Rev. Dr. Addison has worked closely with her husband, Rev Michael Addison to fulfill the Great Commission set forth by Jesus the Christ, to glorify God and to edify women and men.  She believes she and Rev. Addison have been blessed and anointed to carry out the work of the church as a husband and wife team.  A few of her responsibilities included:

  • Co-laborer of the Married Mates Ministry

  • Co-laborer of the New Life Substance Abuse Ministry

  • Chairperson of the Finance and Trustee Ministries

  • Administrative Assistant to the (former) Pastor McCoy

  • Teacher/Instructor for new members orientation, Sunday School, and midweek Bible Study


  Rev. Dr. Addison’s community outreach includes:

  • Serving as a chaplain at the Future Care long term nursing facility where she made frequent visitations to those without family or regular visitors.

  • Sharing the Gospel at temporary shelters such as Helping Up Missions

  • Served as the Chief Financial Officer of SHOR (Sarah's House of Refuge) a Faith based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to enhancing the lives of homeless, unaccompanied, at risk youth in Baltimore area; her tenure ended March 2020.


Rev. Phyllis M. Addison's Favorite scripture is Psalm 42:1

“As the deer pants for the water brook. so pants my soul for You O'God.

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