Anacostia is named for the Native American people who once lived along the banks of the Anacostia River. Famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass made Anacostia his home from 1877 until his death in 1895. Now Anacostia and the greater Ward 8 area is home to 85,000 people. It’s also home for Anacostia River Church.

Our Pastors



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.

Dennis Washington

Pastor for Missions & Outreach

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.

George Carrera III


George Carrera III grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He came to faith at a young age through the ministry of his parents and Sunday School. In middle school, he met his wife Michelle and they married after graduating from college. George’s job in elevator sales brought them to DC in 2009. After arriving, they led a high school youth group ministry for 5 years before joining Anacostia River Church. George currently works in the elevator industry to support front line operations through systems development and advisement. It’s his joy to connect with people across his company. He and Michelle have fun raising their daughter Madison, who loves being a part of the action at the Carrera house and wherever they go as a family.

Our Deacons

Hanna Baker

Deaconess of Member Care

Although DC is her home now, Hanna grew up in the Bahamas, where she came to faith as a middle schooler. Service has always been a way of life for her, she started out selling dolls in the Bahamian Straw Market at age 6. In addition to serving the ARC family  as Deconess of Congregational Care she serves our neighborhood as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and the District of Columbia in the Executive Office of the Mayor. She is a proud graduate of the University of Central Florida, a lover of Christian hip- hop and the favorite aunt to 9 nephews and 7 nieces.

Tim Ballard

Deacon of Ushers & Greeters

Tim was born and raised in Philadelphia. His favorite word in the English language is “grateful”. Tim is grateful for having being born to Christian parents that introduced him to Jesus at a very early age. He is grateful to God for saving him when he knows he is not worthy of God’s grace and mercy. Tim is grateful to his wife Moira for loving him unconditionally… and the list goes on. Tim has been a part of ARC from its first service and now serves as Deacon of Greeters and Ushers. Tim and Moira currently live Maryland with their four children.

Lloyd Matthews

Deacon of Audio & Video

Lloyd Matthews serves as Deacon of sound.  Lloyd loves the Word of God and is often found sharing wisdom from the scriptures. Lloyd holds Proverbs 3:5-6 close to his heart: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”  He and his bride of 30 years, Wanda, are founding members of Anacostia River Church.  They enjoy serving the body of Christ and are happy to help when and as often as needed.  As older members, they are active in the Timothy and Titus 2 groups, respectively. They are parents to 4 adult children (Camilla, Gabrielle, Thomas and Joseph) and grandparents to Yuri and Nova.

Precious Rideout

Deaconess of Hospitality

Precious is originally (and proudly) from Las Vegas, Nevada but has lived in D.C. since 2009. As one of Anacostia River Church’s core team members, she now has the pleasure of serving as deaconess of hospitality since February 2018.  Precious envisions that each person who comes through the doors of the church is not only welcomed but cared for, pursued in love, and encouraged to know, treasure, and follow Jesus Christ more closely. One of her favorite books of the bible is the Book of Psalms.

Nick Rodriguez

Deacon 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.

Our Staff

Amos Evans

Director of Worship and Praise

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.

Abby Tseggai

Administrative Assistant

Abby is a first-generation Eritrean-American born and raised in Northern Virginia. She studied criminal justice and sociology at Old Dominion University, with a desire to understand people deeper from all walks of life.  She loves to see how God activates His children and how He brings different people together to form community.  She became a member of ARC in early 2017 and was delighted to join the church staff in March 2018.  

Jhonna Turner

Director of Children’s Ministry

Jhonna Turner remembers her desire for Jesus around the age of 5. She vividly remembers her aunt giving her a shiny red bible titled “My First Bible.” Jhonna has read many bibles since then and still anxiously reads the Word of God and prays that her desires of knowing Jesus as a little girl spills into the children of ARC. Her heart for the safety and the well-being of children is reflected in her profession and in ministry. Psalm 139 gives her the passion to ensure that each child knows that they are fearfully and wonderfully made. And Romans 12 provides the motivation and action to serve and love others diligently, as Christ graciously serves and loves her. Her academic careers have been the developmental study of children considered “at-risk” and curriculum and instruction with a focus on social justice in children’s literature. She asks that you pray for her heart and desire to love and serve children as Christ serves and loves his people – relentlessly. Jhonna is a proud Syracusan and currently lives in Washington, DC.