Dr. Barney Lyon (D. Min, Westminster Theological Seminary) with his wife, Deborah, and their six children, planted CBC in 1981, where he pastored until January 2016. After several locations in Brooklyn Park and Linthicum, in 1988 the church moved to their current location (originally a 44-acre farm) in Severn. Chesapeake Baptist Church has always been committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially through expository preaching from the authoritative text of Scripture, and hands-on ministry to people.