Mercy of Christ Fellowship Church

In 2009, Jeremy McClain decided to change careers and pursue a life of mercy ministry. This lead him to Daybreak Ministries, which is a gospel centered mercy ministry that serves one of the largest public housing communities in Washington DC. While serving at DayBreak Ministries he became a member, and eventually an elder, at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Through CHBC’s vibrant witness his vision of mercy expanded and now by the commissioning of Anacostia River Church and the genrouse giving of McLean Bible Church he and a group of diverse Christians are seeking to plant Mercy of Christ Fellowship Church in the area near Lincoln Heights D.C.

The hope of Mercy of Christ Fellowship Church is that many people in the Lincoln Heights area of Washington D.C would experience the wonderful mercy that God offers in Jesus Christ. Our plan is to offer this mercy by preaching the gospel and living as vessels of mercy in the community.

Since 2015 people have gathered for Friday night prayer meetings in the home of Pastor Jeremy McClain pleading with the Lord to open many doors for them to share the gospel within the community and to hold worship services in the community. On August 20, 2016, Mercy of Christ Fellowship Church held an evangelistic worship service in which a people from the community came and participated in the worship of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our prayer is that we can have regular services in the community in the near future and formily constitute as a church by September 1, 2017.

Congress Heights Community Church

Joshua Roulhac is the Lead Pastor at Congress Heights Community Church (CHCC) in southeast Washington, DC. He is the husband to Jessica and
the father to LJ (Lil Josh). He completed his church planting residency at Anacostia River Church in March 2021.

Josh was born in Edenton, NC, and surrendered his life to Christ at the age of 20 in Raleigh, NC. He previously served at McLean Bible Church and has also been a pastoral intern at Fellowship Raleigh Church. He has mentoring and youth development experience from his time at the YMCA.

The Crete collective

The Crete collective exists to establish gospel churches in distressed and neglected black and brown communities. The Church invests significant effort in planting new churches and revitalizing failing ones across the United States. But there remain ethnic and poor communities largely untouched by this gospel work. While we need missionaries in every country and churches planted in every community, we believe some of the Church’s effort must focus on those who are left out and overlooked. One study found [1]  that between 2011-17 there were 220 church plants in the greater Baltimore-Washington, D.C. metro area.
Of those, approximately 60 served congregations whose primary language was not English. Of the 160 church plants remaining, only three were in communities of concentrated need with concentrated numbers of ethnic minorities. We’re doing great at planting churches. We’re doing great at serving international and diverse populations. We’re doing a good job of planting in the redeveloped and gentrified areas of cities. However, the Church is not doing so great at planting or revitalizing churches in poor predominantly Black and Brown neighborhoods.