Belcroft Bible Church Aquires
Mt. Oak Church Property

Belcroft Bible Church Acquires Mt. Oak Church Property
Belcroft Bible Church (BBC) has acquired the 16.6-acre property and all furnishings and equipment of Mt. Oak United Methodist Church (MOUMC), also known as Mount Oak Fellowship at 14110 Mount  Oak Road, Bowie, Maryland. The church property includes a 6.3-acre cemetery established in 1905 at the southwest corner of Church Road and Woodmore Road.  BBC will continue to maintain and manage the cemetery.
Belcroft currently worships at 13000 Beechtree Lane in Bowie, in a church building constructed in 1968.  The church worship services will transfer to the Mount Oak property in the late summer of 2024, following renovations and upgrades to the worship center at Mount Oak. The current BBC property will be sold, most likely to another growing church body.
The genesis of BBC began with a Saturday morning men’s Bible study and soon expanded to a home church on Sussex Lane in Bowie.  Property was acquired on Beechtree Lane with a church built in 1968.  BBC has experienced significant growth and welcomes as many as 350 members and guests during its Sunday worship services.  It has a thriving Young Adult Ministry with a specialized program entitled “Rooted,” featuring a variety of guest speakers.  In addition to substantial Men’s and Women’s Ministries, it also has a Grand Living Ministry for older members, with fellowship, meals and Bible studies held at different venues across the region.  Wednesday nights are dedicated to training and discipleship for all ages, with a special emphasis on children and young adults.
MOUMC was originally built in 1881 and has undergone several modifications in the intervening years, with the most significant expansion in 1994.  By 1998, their church body grew to an average weekly attendance of 900 with a thriving youth and children’s ministry.  However, for various reasons, attendance declined.  In March 2023, MOUMC voted to disaffiliate from the Baltimore Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church and had until December 31, 2023 to make specified payments to the Conference.  In September 2023, MOUMC reached out to BBC for assistance and in late October, the Mount Oak congregation voted to approve the sale of its property and furnishings to BBC.
Current MOUMC members may choose to attend and become members of BBC or elect to attend other area churches of their choosing.  BBC will allow the current eXtend Homeschool Tutorial and the Boy Scouts of America to continue use of the MOUMC facilities until the conclusion of the current school year.  MOUMC worship services and all other activities will cease after December 31, 2023.
For more information about BBC, go to or call the church offices at 301-262-5055.