Our Mission

Anacostia River Church exists to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ from the four corners of the block to the four corners of the globe.

Our Objectives

To carry out our mission, we focus on five general objectives:



1.

Spread the Message of the Gospel

Titus 3:4-5

"But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy."

2.

Show Mercy to Our Neighbors

Titus 3:14

"Let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.”

3.

Shepherd to Maturity Men, Women and Children

Titus 2:1-6

"Teach what accords with sound doctrine.”

4.

Seek to Multiply by Training Leaders and Planting Churches

Titus 1:5

"This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you”

5.

Send Missionaries to the Ends of the Earth

Titus 3:13

"Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing.”

Our Beliefs

We use a slightly shortened version of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith (1689) as our statement of faith. You may download it here.

Our Constitution


Many churches use a constitution to guide them in the ongoing work and business of the ministry. Constitutions do not replace the Bible. But good ones help teach the Bible and help Christian churches obey the Bible. We aim for our constitution to do just that. Click here to read our constitution.

Our Leaders


In the Christian community, leaders are servants. The Bible identifies two types of servant-leaders: pastors and deacons. Pastors serve the church by shepherding, teaching and leading the people. Deacons serve the church community by caring for the physical and practical needs of the people and the ministry. The congregation has responsibility for choosing and supporting our leaders. Meet our pastors and elders:

THABITI ANYABWILE (“PASTOR T”)
Pastor

Thabiti Anyabwile is one of the pastors for ARC. He has served as an elder and pastor in churches in NC, DC and the Cayman Islands. After a few years as a practicing Muslim, Thabiti was converted under the preaching of the gospel in the Washington DC area. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children. Thabiti is the author of several books, including The Life of God in the Soul of the Church; The Gospel for Muslims; What Is a Healthy Church Member?; The Decline of African-American Theology; and The Faithful Preacher. He blogs regularly at The Front Porch and Pure Church.

JEREMY MCCLAIN
Pastor for Church Planting

Jeremy was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Howard University in 2007. Three years after graduating from Howard University, he began to search for ways to serve under-resourced and at-risk communities with the gospel and so began a career with Daybreak ministries in 2010. It is also during this time that he became a member of the Capitol Hill Baptist Church. In the fall of 2013, he completed the church’s pastoral internship and soon after became a seminary student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. On August 16, 2014 he was married to Tiffany McClain. Jeremy serves as a pastor of ARC.

JAHILL RICHARDS
Pastor for Missions & Outreach

Jahill Richards was born and raised in New Jersey. In 2003, God miraculously saved Jahill and called him out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Pet. 2:9), and immediately after salvation he sensed a call into ministry compelled by the love of Christ and God’s grace. He is happily married to the love of his life, Ka, and they have been blessed with two lovely daughters, Asia and Grace and one son Judah. Jahill serves as the Minister of Missions and Mercy at ARC.

MATT SCHMUCKER
Pastor

Born in Pennsylvania into a large Roman Catholic family (seven sons!), Matt was converted his senior year at the University of Maryland where he graduated with a business degree. By day Matt works for a Christian non-profit and has lived in the city with his wife, Eli, and their five kids for the past 25 years. Matt serves as a pastor of ARC.

NICK RODRIGUEZ
Director of Budget

Nick Rodriguez first moved to Washington, DC in 2006 for a job at a consulting firm. He thought he’d spend a few years there and then move back to his home state of California, but God had other plans for him! Within a few years, Nick was blessed to meet and marry Wensa, and in 2013, their household grew to include their son Ezra and Wensa’s mother Icard. Nick and Wensa first met at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, but simply couldn’t say no when the chance came to establish a new ministry in Anacostia. Nick is still a consultant by trade today, working in the fields of K-12 education reform and government performance improvement. He’s honored to serve the congregation as a deacon and prays that God will use this work to bring glory to Himself.


Want to worship with us?

Join us for our weekly worship gatherings at Anacostia High School
(1601 16th St SE, Washington, DC 20020).