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.
To carry out our mission, we focus on five general objectives:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Dennis Washington is a native New Yorker, born in Harlem, and raised in the Bronx. He is a veteran in the United States Air Force where he served honorably. While in the Military, through various circumstances the LORD began to draw Dennis to Himself and by God’s grace saved him from a life of sin. Early on in his Christian walk, he sensed a call to serve the Lord in international missions. Since then, he and his family have served in various cross-cultural capacities, including: campus ministry with international students, mobilizing for Perspectives on the world Christian Movement, and steering committee member for the National African American Mission Conference. Dennis is happily married to his childhood sweetheart, Tarsha Washington, and they have four children together: D’mani, D’naja, Joshua, and Jonathan.
Amos Evans is a musician, consultant, and native of Southern Maryland. He joined ARC in the fall of 2016, after completing his undergraduate degree at Carnegie Mellon. He serves with the music team as they seek to facilitate congregational singing and edify the body of Christ (Col 3:16). He is committed to spreading the gospel through musical artistry as he presents his own life as a living sacrifice each day.
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