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Rev. Jamal Bryant: 'My heart is forever Baltimore'

Rev. Jamal Bryant: 'My heart is forever Baltimore'

I am Baltimore. I am Lexington Market. I am late night walks around Harbor East. I am summer swims at Patterson Park. I am egg custard snowballs. My story is uniquely “Baltimore” like crab cakes and club music. This city is my home and ground zero for the fruition of every dream that God has ever placed on my heart — a family, a ministry and a church.

Much like Baltimore, I have seen good and bad days, highs and lows, wins and losses. But I have never run from a challenge or cowered in the face of obstacles. I am strong and proud and resilient because that’s what my city raised me to be.

At 29 years old, I was audacious enough to start a bible study in home with 43 individuals...