Our Pastor


Carl was born seven of eight children to the late James E. Tilghman and Mildred Smith Tilghman of Baltimore Maryland.  Dr. Tilghman attended public school in Baltimore.  He retired from the US Airforce after 24 years of service.


Reverend Tilghman accepted his calling to preach at Eagle River Missionary Baptist Church in Eagle River, Alaska in 1988 after hearing a missionary from Africa preach, “Such as I have” from Acts 3. 


Reverend Tilghman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Northwestern State University, and a Christian Education and Religious Study degree at Wayland University. He earned his Master of Divinity and doctoral degree from Howard University School of Divinity in Washington DC.


Reverend Tilghman has served as Sunday school teacher and Superintendent, Prisoner outreach minister, Assistant Minister and Assistant Pastor. He is the founding Pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church of Prince George’s County, which began in February 1997 and is located in Fort Washington, Maryland.


Reverend Tilghman is a former Moderator for the Prince George’s County Baptist Association, and currently serves on the Mission Performance and Emergency Response Team of the Prince George’s County Baptist Association. He serves as trustee for Prince George’s Baptist Association and President of trustees for the Baptist Foundation of Maryland.


He is married to the lovely and gracious Dr. Joan Graham Tilghman (born and reared in Georgetown South Carolina and two time Top 100 Maryland Woman of the year recipient). They have three adult children Dominic (Pat), Cherie’ and Carl Tilghman (Dara) and 10 grandchildren.  The Tilghmans currently reside in Clinton, Maryland.


Pastor Tilghman’s call to ministry is to “build them a house”.  His favorite scripture and life sentence in fulfillment of this call is “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” Acts3:6.  He seeks to live a life that answers rather he has given his all for Christ.