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:


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."


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.”


Shepherd to Maturity Men, Women and Children

Titus 2:1-6

"Teach what accords with sound doctrine.”


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”


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 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.

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.

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.

Amos Evans
Worship Leader

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.

Want to worship with us?

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