Capital Baptist Newsletter-Oct/Nov 2023 Edition

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October/November 2023


America’s Loneliness Epidemic Is the Church’s Calling 6 DCBC 147th Annual Gathering of Churches, Oct 27-28 12 Sharing the News with Every Land 33 | DCBC Notables 37 Events Calendar 40 | Church Mission Giving 43

TABLE OF CONTENTS District of Columbia


America’s Loneliness Epidemic Is the Church’s Calling Everyday ABC Conversation on AI (Artificial Intelligence) Annual Gathering: Streams of Justice Session Descriptions 147th AG Schedule Speakers’ Bios

Baptist Convention

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1628 16th Street NW Washington, DC 20009 202.265.1526 (office)

Office of Executive Director/Minister Executive Director/Minister Trisha Miller Manarin, Ext. 214 Executive Assistant Loretta Polite-Shipman, Ext. 213


Sharing the News with Every Land Leland Seminary to Launch Two New Graduate Certificate Programs DCBC Notables Friends of DCBC Classifieds


From the Desk of the DCBC President A Message from the Executive Director/ Minister Calendar Church Mission Giving Capital Baptist Subscription Info. Capital Baptist Submission Guidelines


Campus Ministries LeeAnn Carrera Adrien Ngudiankama


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Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator Jevon Billups Older Adult Ministries Coordinator Robin Apparicio Capital Baptist Editor Sonia Myrick

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Office of Administration and Stewardship Chief Operations Officer Lashanor Doolittle, Ext. 203 Administrative Assistant Sharita Phillip, Ext. 204 Building Maintenance Saul Garcia, Ext. 212 Accounting and Administrative Specialist Fam SaeChao Chock, Ext. 206 JBCC Building Coordinator Robin Foulk, Ext. 215 ERT Coordinator James Barbour

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From the Desk of the DCBC President

In All Circumstances Give Thanks Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. — 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Growing up, I was taught that “please” and “thank you” will take you places; “power,” and “money” never will. However, we now live in an age where the power of thanksgiving is fading in the presence of expectancy. Too often, we expect certain treatments, behaviors and privileges because of our position, posture or presence. When we think this way, we diminish ourselves as people of faith. The Bible reminds us, in all circumstances give thanks. It is when we give thanks that we release our spirit from the burdens of life we could never handle on our own. Giving thanks allows us to put God back in the rightful position of head of our lives, and we connect with one another with love. It also grants us the joy, peace and protection that comes with being obedient to God’s Word. Gratitude is infectious, spreads a positive attitude and promotes well-being. When the world wants us to think about all that we do not have, all we used to be, and all that cannot happen, be grateful for what you do have. That way, we stay securely in the will of God. Remember, thanksgiving is a daily request from God, not just a date on the calendar. Thank you. In prayerful gratitude,

Rev. Patricia H. Fears President of the DCBC Board of Directors

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A Message from the Executive Director/Minister

A Grateful Heart… As the leaves turn to bright fiery colors of red, orange and gold, we know the season is changing and the chill in the air indicates Autumn is here. It turns our hearts to a time of thanksgiving and gratefulness. Clergy Appreciation Month is celebrated every October. We encourage you to celebrate your pastors, ministers, missionaries, and chaplains throughout the month. October 1 is also World Communion Sunday, a day of worship to deeply consider the gift of Christ for us as individuals as well as the global church. This time of year, we give thanks for our DCBC officers, board, and committee members who work tirelessly for the call of the Gospel. As we prepare for the Annual Gathering, we give thanks for the Program Committee who has given hours of their time to ensure we have a wonderful time together. We also give thanks to Fort Washington Baptist Church for sharing

their beautiful facility with us. Once again, DCBC will be distributing turkeys to member churches near Thanksgiving. We will be creating a registration page and flyer on the DCBC website soon with more information about this mission, so check the website if you would like to participate. Be sure to share pictures with us of your church’s mission activities, worship, harvest festivals, and so forth! Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (I Thessalonians 5:16-18). It will be wonderful to see you on October 27 and 28 during the Annual Gathering! With gratitude,

Rev. Dr. Trisha Miller Manarin Executive Director/Minister

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n a recently released advisory, the U.S. Surgeon General raised an alarm about the “devastating impact of the epidemic of loneliness and isolation in America,” citing harm to individual and societal health and calling on the nation to “prioritize building social connection.” At the same time, studies show a continuing decline in the percentage of Americans who regularly visit the one place where the ultimate connection is formed and joyful, relational communities thrive — their neighborhood church. What if this is not merely a coincidence or an ominous indictment on American culture? What if this present moment represents a tremendous opportunity for the church to do what it does best and to grow? Is it possible that “times such as these” were made for the church to demonstrate God’s love in action and to introduce our neighbors — or bring former members back — to caring Christian communities? What if ministering to the silently suffering among us is not another responsibility for pastors, but a calling for entire congregations? Our current mental health epidemic is not unlike the physical health plagues of earlier centuries when the church discovered significant opportunities to truly be the church. And while its purported growth in response to Christians remaining in towns to care for the sick may seem

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Kenneth R. Pruit “What if ministering to the silently suffering among us is not another responsibility for pastors, but a calling for en�re congrega�ons?”

apocryphal, Martin Luther’s vow during the Bubonic Plague of 1527 (“If my neighbor needs me … I will go freely”) should inspire us to do the same. Without question, God has wellpositioned the church to lead the battle against this modern-day plague, but it’s worth examining the facts behind our society’s growing sense of loneliness, the decline in church attendance, and the relevance of our core belief in a triune, relational God. The Loneliness Epidemic Vivek H. Murthy, the U.S. Surgeon General, defines loneliness as “a subjective distressing experience that results from perceived isolation or inadequate meaningful connections, where inadequate refers to the discrepancy or unmet need between an individual’s preferred and actual experience.”

A lack of social connection, he continues, is as dangerous and can increase the risk of premature death as much as smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day. Indeed, Murthy’s 64-page advisory paints a dire picture of the consequences social isolation can inflict on individual health and well-being. These include a 29% increase in the risk of heart disease, 32% increase in the risk of stroke and 50% increase in risk of developing dementia in older adults. Even more alarming is recent reports that one-third of teenage girls in America seriously considered attempting suicide in 2021. Suicide rates across all populations have increased nearly 30% in less than 20 years. Most respondents to a 2022 Pew Research Center survey said they found it harder to form relationships now, and a quarter of them felt anxious about socializing. The biggest source of anxiety (shared by 29%) was “not knowing what to say or how to interact.” According to estimates, loneliness and isolation are more widespread than smoking, diabetes and obesity. The fact is, we live in a country where more than one in six adults say they are depressed. And we know that such depression is caused by or exacerbated by a lack of meaningful social connection. “We live in a country where more than one in six adults say they are depressed.”

Despite — or perhaps because of — the ubiquity of digital devices and advances in technology that have led to vast social media networks, virtual meetings, shared online gaming platforms, Facetime conversations,

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online dating and other means of digitally enabled connections, only 39% of adults in the U.S. feel very connected to others. Would you ever have imagined we would become a society wherein more than one-half of all adults exist with no meaningful relational connection? Communities also have been affected by social disconnectedness, as evidenced by the increase in gun violence, theft, vandalism and poverty. Cities, towns and neighborhoods where residents are more connected with one another fare better on several measures of population health, community safety, community resilience when natural disasters strike, prosperity and civic engagement. The advisory also notes one standard deviation increase in social connectedness has been associated with a 21% reduction in murders and a 20% decrease in vehicle thefts. The decline of the church Once the social and spiritual centers of communities throughout America, today the church is struggling. Even before the pandemic, church attendance was declining at a rapid pace. The number of U.S. adults who identified with Protestantism dropped from 51% in 2009 to 43% today, and the number of those identifying with Catholicism dropped from 23% to 20%. Now Protestant pastors are reporting typical church attendance is only 85% of pre-pandemic levels. According to a Gallup poll released this past December, American religion already was trending in that direction. More than a third of Americans surveyed said they had stopped attending religious services regularly in their lifetimes.

This aligns with a report by the Survey Center on American Life which found that in 2022, just over a third of respondents said they attend church at least once a year. Another third reported never attending religious services, a stark 8% increase in just the past two years. Sadly, attendance has dropped most dramatically among young adults. In 2019, 36% of 18- to 34-year-olds attended church at least once or twice a month. That has fallen to just 26% now. God and the church The loneliness epidemic gives Christians an enormous opportunity to model the supportive and nurturing environment that is the defining characteristic of Christian spirituality, thus reflecting the nature of our God. Our God does not exist in isolation. The Godhead consists of three persons, who are intimately connected with each other. God did not create humankind to live an isolated existence, either. God has called out and formed a people (ekklesia) — through the death and resurrection of Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit — to live together in covenant with God and with one another. Covenant speaks of love, accountability and being there for one another. So, despite the troubling overall narrative and mood on the Christian landscape, we cannot wring our hands but instead must declare boldly, “We are here because God is here. God is at work and answers in the form of healing and hope.” We must take a lead in facing the

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epidemic of social isolation, but at issue are such fundamental questions as: What is behind the epidemic? Who in our congregations and outside community need friendship and connection? And how do we deliver grace in ways that will be accepted? Certainly, there are myriad cultural and age-related nuances that must be considered to build connections. Many young people may not know the difference between the quality of relationships online and in-person; but they do know the profound loneliness that comes from artificial connections. Some theologians have claimed churches lack ways of speaking about friendship theologically and of developing friendship as a genuine practice of community. So, are we equal to equip, encourage and inspire people to be connectors? “We need to have conversa�ons in our congrega�ons about loneliness and the prevailing sense of isola�on.”

At a minimum, we need to have conversations in our congregations about loneliness and the prevailing sense of isolation, as well as how the church is called to embody the opposite: a community of hospitality, care and covenanted friendships. There are insights and wisdom in every church, and we can draw from the gifts, experiences and ideas of missionaries, youth pastors, Sunday school leaders, ministry directors and others. Our leaders and the people of our congregations need to share and pray about how the church is uniquely empowered to address the social epidemic that’s plaguing our land. The conversation can address the lonely and isolated within

each church, then extend outward to reach those who are suffering beyond the gathered community. As the president of a seminary, I am challenging my faculty to address how theological schools can put a special emphasis on teaching skills that help pastors and church leaders build connections. We cannot assume seminary students already have the needed social skills to meet the complex challenges of our present culture. Should theological education become more interdisciplinary, integrating psychology, sociology, anthropology and other related disciplines to address the causes and effects of social isolation? I also challenge my fellow pastors and church leaders to address how we involve and equip our congregants to reach out to their neighbors, to identify the disconnected among them and to invite them into meaningful belonging to discover real community, real love and the joy of serving one another. This present moment may be one of the most significant opportunities the church ever has faced, and we must enter this conversation to discover God’s specific solutions for the growing challenges and ongoing negative effects of social disconnectedness. This truly represents an amazing and exciting opportunity for the church to be the church. We most certainly represent the solution, and we must step into this present cultural reality with loving care, commitment and, most of all, hope. Kenneth R. Pruitt serves as president of Leland Seminary in Arlington, Va.

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Join American Baptist Churches USA, October 3, for an Everyday ABC Conversation on AI (Artificial Intelligence) You are invited to our next Everyday event,






Intelligence),” Tuesday, October 3, 2023, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time, with




Tigner and Joshua King. To live is to experience change. Each day technology evolves, and we are invited to respond with curiosity or fear. Join us for a conversation at the intersection of faith and artificial intelligence. Josh King possesses 16 years combined in IT as a Systems Architect, 7 of those at Cisco. As an AI/ML champion, his passion is empowering public servants and educators with responsibly aligned networking/generative AI solutions. Rev. Meriah Tigner is an ABC pastor in rural Indiana. Her experiences with change, navigating transitions, and growth in her personal life has informed her ministry. She sees the changes in technology as opportunities to engage with our community rather than something to avoid.

Register today!




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We look forward to seeing you, October 27-28 at Fort Washington Baptist Church, 11516 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington, Maryland. Photo courtesy of Fort Washington Baptist Church.


oin us for the DCBC 147th Annual Gathering of Churches as we dive into the transformative power of justice from both Biblical and societal perspectives. Experience issues of justice impacting people and creation, including our member churches, their families, children and mission centers around the world and in our local communities. Inspired by the words of Amos 5:24, “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream,” we’ll explore the essential aspects of justice through this year’s theme — STREAMS of Justice — represented by each letter of STREAMS:

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S - Spirituality and Justice T - Transformative Justice R - Restorative Justice E - Environmental Justice A - Adjudicated Justice M - Mental Health and Justice S - Social Justice The following schedule provides information about the speaker(s) and sessions, but go online to for more up-to-date information. We look forward to seeing you at Fort Washington Baptist Church at 11516 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington, Maryland.

Friday, October 27 REGISTRATION OPEN 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Foyer


Rev. Jevon Billups, Mental Health Coordinator, DC Baptist Convention 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. | TBD Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving, understanding, and providing an action plan that teaches people to identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder safely and responsibly. When more people are equipped with the tools they need to start a dialogue, more people can get the help they need. This 6-hour certification session covers the common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges; common signs and symptoms of substance use challenges; how to interact with a person in crisis; how to connect a person with help; and expanded content on trauma, substance use, and self-care.

FIRST AID, CPR & AED CERTIFICATION (AMERICAN RED CROSS) 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | TBD This adult, child, and baby First Aid/CPR/AED in-person course equips students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children, and babies. This is a six-hour certification American Red Cross course.


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Celebrate the importance of movement for seniors on this one-of-a-kind event that will leave you spiritually uplifted, energized, inspired, and ready to embrace a life full of vitality and adventure. Our esteemed presenters, experts in their fields, will help you: • Discover the power of physical therapy as they reveal exercise tips specially tailored for older adults. • Get those feet tapping and hearts pumping as we groove to the rhythm of life together through dance. Dancing, a form of praise and expression of joy before the Lord, has always been a universal language of joy; line dancing is no exception. You'll be surprised at how much fun and social connection can be found on the dance floor! • Explore the world — from venturing outside the church walls, to strolling around the neighborhood or jetting off on exciting adventures — with confidence and peace of mind by equipping you with invaluable safety tips. Note: Lunch will be provided.

GLOBAL JUSTICE INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. God commands us to act justly and to love mercy, and these seven interactive experiences will draw you closer to the concerns of our sisters and brothers and assist you in responding to God’s call. There is the promise of blessing on all those who pursue justice and extend their heart and hands to help those in need. Six sub-sessions, each offered from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.:      

Baptist Creation Care Initiative Burma Children Mining Cobalt Damascus House Mision Vida y Paz (MVP) or Mission Life and Peace Rwanda

EXHIBIT HALL OPEN 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Fellowship Hall (Small) We’re excited to invite you to our Exhibit Hall! Join us for an engaging experience that showcases an array of interesting displays. Discover new products, technologies, and innovative ideas. We’re also offering you an opportunity to win fantastic prizes, but you must be present to win. Note: Prize winners will only be announced via the Whova app on Saturday afternoon, so be sure to download the App!

BELLS IN HARMONY: RING, LEARN, PERFORM! Elizabeth Wiggins, East Washington Heights Baptist Church, Associate Minister 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | TBD Come learn the art of playing handbells, from the basics to more intricate techniques! Led by an experienced handbell virtuoso, this interactive workshop will guide attendees through the October-November 2023 | Capital Baptist Newsletter










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fundamentals of handbell music: proper handling, striking techniques and understanding the different pitches and notes. As the session progresses, participants will discover the magic of synchronizing their movements, creating a beautiful symphony of sound that will resonate through their souls. Later, during the dinner, participants will showcase their newly acquired handbell prowess. Their performance will not only be a celebration of musical achievement, but also a testament to the power of unity, teamwork, and the joy of creating music together.


Adrienne Reedy, Salter McNeil and Associates, Leadership Team Member 4 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. | Sanctuary DCBC ministers are warmly welcomed to engage with the flowing currents of God’s justice as illuminated by the creative and prophetic contributions of Rev. Adrienne Reedy. Throughout this convocation, clergy members will discover innovative approaches to ministry and leadership, unblocking pathways for the profound, transformative influence of God’s grace through Jesus Christ. Join us in a moment of introspection, allowing for renewal and rejuvenation as you prepare to answer the call of the Gospel.


DINNER, STAFF RECOGNITION AND BUSINESS MEETING 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall Join us for an evening of fellowship and celebration as we gather for a catered dinner. During the dinner, we will honor the remarkable DCBC Staff. The night will also include our important Business Session. Be part of shaping our future as we hear vital committee reports, participate in electing dedicated officers and committee members, and exercise our collective voice in voting on the 2024 DCBC Budget. The presence of every member is paramount, as we require a quorum to approve all motions and decisions. Your punctuality is appreciated and essential to this session’s success. See you there, on time and ready to contribute to the next chapter of our shared journey.

Saturday, October 28 Registration Open

8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. | Foyer

THE INAUGURAL “FRIENDS OF DCBC” BREAKFAST AND SILENT AUCTION 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. | Fellowship Hall Come and enjoy a hearty, delicious hot breakfast at the inaugural “Friends of DCBC” Breakfast and Silent Auction!

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As an esteemed member of our community, you hold the key to transforming lives and uplifting entire neighborhoods through the power of your generous giving. The Friends of DCBC initiative is our collective endeavor to build a brighter, more just, and interconnected future for our communities. Unite with like-minded individuals, community leaders, and visionaries, and discover how your support can create a ripple effect, touching countless lives and laying the foundation for lasting change.

Friends of DCBC Silent Auction 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Fellowship Hall Prepare to be captivated by our exclusive silent auction, where extraordinary experiences and one-of-a-kind treasures await. Bid on priceless opportunities to make unforgettable memories, all while contributing to causes that will shape the destiny of our communities.

ABOVE AND BEYOND: THE POWER OF CHARITABLE GIVING While your attendance is a gift, we encourage you to consider making an “above and beyond” donation. Your charitable spirit can unlock doors of opportunity.

EXHIBIT HALL OPEN 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. | TBD We’re excited to invite you to our Exhibit Hall! Join us for an engaging experience that showcases an array of interesting displays. Discover new products, technologies, and innovative ideas, and, new this year, you’ll have the chance to win prizes. We’re offering an exciting opportunity to win fantastic prizes but you must be present to win. Note: Prize winners will only be announced via the Whova app on Saturday afternoon; so, be sure to download the App!


Ramona Branch Oliver, Mount Airy Baptist Church, Creative Writer for the Voices of Change; Samuel Rozolem, Nations United Baptist Church, Senior Pastor; and Yalonda Smith, Dayspring Community Church, Minister of Spiritual Formation and Counseling 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Sanctuary Social justice is not just an abstract concept but a call to action! Join young adult pastors, ministers, and others from diverse backgrounds as they use their voices to raise awareness and contribute to conversations related to the various STREAMS of justice.


Michelle Nickens, American Baptist Churches USA, Vice President; Ryan Phipps, Church in Bethesda; Pierpont Mobley, JPM Group, LLC, Professional Mediator (CM), Trained Arbitrator, and Professional OD Trainer; Harold Dean Trulear, Howard University School of Divinity, Associate Professor of Applied Theology; Randi Drewry, Clifton Park Baptist Church, Outreach Coordinator; Alexander Williams, The Judge Alexander Williams, Jr., Center for Education,

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Justice, and Ethics, Inc., (A Policy Center), Judge, Founder and Chief Executive Officer; Jamie Eaddy-Chism, Thoughtful Transitions, Founder and CEO; Jevon Billups, DC Baptist Convention, Mental Health & Wellness Coordinator; and Robin Lewis, Interfaith Power & Light, Director for Climate Equity 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Sanctuary Join us for a transformative panel discussion, “STREAMS of Justice,” as we delve into the multifaceted dimensions of justice, guided by Amos 5:24. This discussion, led by insightful speakers and facilitated by Rev. Michelle Nickens, seeks to inspire and equip us all to take meaningful action in the STREAMS of Justice:

LUNCH (SPONSORED BY THE JOHN LELAND CENTER FOR THEOLOGICAL STUDIES) 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall Lunch will be provided by one of our affiliated members, The John Leland Center for Theological Studies.

STREAMS MASTERCLASSES 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Embrace the call to action and ignite your passion by choosing one of the STREAMS that resonates deeply with your heart. Each represents a unique tributary of justice, flowing with purpose and potential.


Ryan Phipps, Church in Bethesda, Pastor 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | TBD In any society where Christians reside, the effort to bring about righteousness and justice is an obligation. Christians are responsible for being the place where the fullness of the Kingdom of God is a daily pursuit. The Christian life in Christ cannot exist apart from a Biblical understanding of righteousness and justice, founded in love, grace, and truth. Healing the world is included in the work of Christ and the Church. How are we living out our spirituality in a way that honors the Biblical perspectives on righteousness and justice?


Pierpont Mobley, JPM Group, LLC, Professional Mediator (CM), Trained Arbitrator, and Professional OD Trainer 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | TBD Transformative Justice is about violence and punishment. Transformative Justice relates to the value of having alternatives to harsh punishments like mediation, negotiation, and community involvement. How is conflict an opportunity for growth, progress, and social justice? How does looking at crime as a conflict impact our approach to punishment and rehabilitation?


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Harold Dean Trulear, Howard University School of Divinity, Associate Professor of Applied Theology 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | TBD Restorative Justice means providing a process whereby all stakeholders affected by an injustice have a seat at the table to discuss how they have been affected and are provided an opportunity to decide what should be done to make them whole or repair the harm. Restorative Justice asks the question, how can justice include healing? Can conversations with those who inflicted hurt and those who have been hurt help the process?


Randi Drewry, Clifton Park Baptist Church, Outreach Coordinator 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | TBD How churches and their outreach ministries can take their initiatives to the next level? By incorporating environmental justice principles. Attendees will gain practical guidance on accessing grants, forming strategic partnerships with community organizations, and effectively engaging with local resources. Learn from a true trailblazer in community outreach who has secured more than $200,000 in grants and received financial support in excess of $2 million. Beyond food assistance, their initiatives include English classes, health clinics, job readiness programs, and a clothing closet, ensuring holistic well-being within the community. Clifton Park Baptist recently had a greenhouse built with aeroponic towers in order to supply fresh organic produce to those in need and discover the keys to creating meaningful, sustainable change. This session promises to empower attendees with actionable strategies, equipping them to make a lasting impact on their own communities.


Alexander Williams, The Judge Alexander Williams, Jr., Center for Education, Justice, and Ethics, Inc., (A Policy Center), Judge, Founder and Chief Executive Officer 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | TBD Adjudication involves the legal process of resolving a dispute or deciding a case. It deals with the actual judicial decision itself. Millions of people are behind bars in the United States, with a disproportionate number coming from minority communities. What is the impact of the present cycle of incarceration in America on families in these communities? What can Christians do to help reverse this trend?


Jevon Billups, Mental Health Coordinator, DC Baptist Convention 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | TBD An increasing number of individuals with mental health conditions and substance abuse find themselves in the criminal justice system. This has a tremendous fiscal, health, and human cost on society. Are there more appropriate alternatives to jails and prisons for these individuals? What

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can be done to change the current system, eliminate discriminatory practices and related punishments, and support these individuals with the needed services? The mental health of individuals in congregations cannot be overlooked, ignored, or casually dismissed. Many of our congregants struggle with depression, grief, loneliness, and suicide right in our midst. How are we aware of the signs? Do we have ministries in place to provide counsel and assistance? How are we equipped to handle mental health concerns? What are we doing to meet the needs of those who are struggling and their families?


Robin Lewis, Interfaith Power, & Light, Director for Climate Equity 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | TBD Social Justice ensures everyone has access to the resources needed to survive and thrive in society. It means respecting, protecting, and promoting the human rights of all persons so that such barriers like prejudice and discrimination do not hold them back because of race, class, religion, and more. Is it just about human rights, or is there more involved? What is the role of Christians and the Church in the fight for social justice? What will it take for social justice to become a reality in society? Who gets to have a say in Society? What is the difference between equality and equity, and why does that matter?


Patricia Hailes Fears, DC Baptist Convention, President 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Sanctuary In the closing moments of our gathering, we are pleased to have Rev. Patricia Hailes Fears, our esteemed outgoing President, impart her wisdom and call to action in the final address of our closing session. As we bid adieu, may the insights gained and the connections forged serve as powerful tools, empowering each of us to become agents of positive change in all STREAMS of our communities.

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Friday, October 27 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Registration Open (Foyer of Fort Washington Baptist Church/Fort Washington, MD)

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Mental Health First Aid Certification First Aid, CPR & AED Certification (American Red Cross)

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Older Adult Ministries (OAM) Convocation and Lunch – Seniors on the Move (Fellowship Hall) Exhibit Hall Open (Fellowship Hall – Small)

2 p.m. – 6 p.m. 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Global Justice Interactive Experience: - Baptist Creation Care Initiative - Burma - Damascus House - Humanitarian Crisis in the DRC - Mision Vida Y Paz (MVP)/Mission Life and Peace

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Bells in Harmony: Ring, Learn, Perform!

4 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Ministers’ Convocation (Sanctuary)

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Justice Lounge/Light Refreshments

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner, Staff Recognition and Business Meeting (Fellowship Hall)

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Saturday, October 28 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Registration Open (Foyer)

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

The Inaugural “Friends of DCBC” Breakfast and Silent Auction (Fellowship Hall)

8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Friends of DCBC Silent Auction (Fellowship Hall)

8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Worship Service - Emerging Voices (Sanctuary)

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion on all STREAMS of Justice (Sanctuary)

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch (Fellowship Hall) - Sponsored by The John Leland Center for Theological Studies)

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

STREAMS Masterclasses: S - Spirituality and Justice T - Transformative Justice R - Restorative Justice E - Environmental Justice A - Adjudicated Justice | M - Mental Health and Justice S - Social Justice

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Closing Session (Sanctuary)

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Speakers’ Bios Pastor Jevon Billups has nearly 30 years of service in local churches, regional fellowships, and national organizations. Pastor Billups is the Senior Pastor of Dominion Life Center. Pastor Billups, also affectionately known as "Pastor B," is an experienced conference and convocation preacher, revivalist, seminar presenter, teacher, worship leader, and minister of music. Pastor B has been blessed with opportunities to serve in various leadership capacities with local and international organizations, including financial institutions, para-church organizations, private corporations, small Jevon Billups businesses, and educational enrichment programs. Pastor Billups Mental Health & Wellness now serves the community as a mental health educator and coach. Coordinator, DC Baptist He has received several recognitions and awards for his work in Convention mental health education from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing and the Mental Health Association of Maryland. Pastor Billups supports the DC Baptist Convention’s mission in a volunteer role as the Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator. Pastor Billups is the proud father of four wonderful children: Jazmin, Kayla, Jaxon, and Loryn.

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Ramona Branch Oliver

Creative Writer for the Voices of Change, Mount Airy Baptist Church

Ramona Branch Oliver is a native Washingtonian. She is a member of the Mount Airy Baptist Church serving under the leadership of Rev. Dr. L.B. West, Sr. Pastor. At Mount Airy, she serves as a Deaconess, Ministry Leader of the True Praise Dance Ministry, and the Creative Writer for the Voices of Change. Ms. Branch Oliver is employed by the U.S. Department of Labor where she is the Director of the Office of Information Services within the Office of the Solicitor. She holds a MPA from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Branch Oliver is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Randi Drewry Outreach Coordinator, Clifton Park Baptist Church, Silver Spring, Maryland

Randi Drewry’s personal mission is to positively impact both people and the planet. As community leader, she focuses on ensuring community members have access to food, diapers, clothing, monthly health clinics, school supplies, vaccine clinics, holiday giveaways, classes, information sessions, and other community requests that will enable them to thrive. Ms. Drewry firmly believes that everyone should be able to receive fresh food regardless of their bank account size. That is why she has created an aeroponic garden to grow food, especially for those who need it. And why she strives to expand the growing of food in sustainable ways, sustainable for the environment and for food distribution.

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Rev. Dr. Jamie Eaddy-Chism is the founder and CEO of Thoughtful Transitions and helps you remember yourself whole. As a thanatologist, grief expert and death doula, she is uniquely gifted to journey with people through grief, loss, and transitions from first to last breaths. Deeply committed to challenging death-dealing systems, she cultivates sacred spaces for exploring our humanity, mortality, faith, and healing. She is an adjunct professor at the Lancaster Theological Seminary, Missio Seminary, Eastern University, and the Jamie Eaddy-Chism Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. She also teaches new Founder and CEO, doulas and grief companions through her organization, Thoughtful Thoughtful Transitions Transitions, LLC. Rev. Dr. Eaddy-Chism is a Princeton University Black Theology and Leadership Institute Fellow, received her Master of Divinity from The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, earned her Doctor of Ministry from the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and is an associate minister at the St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Philadelphia. She is also a ministry partner with The Gathering: A Womanist Church in Dallas, Texas, and Pink Robe Chronicles, a digital hush harbor. She believes in theology and therapy and that all Black Lives Matter. She is a wellsought-after speaker and the author of Getting Naked to Get Free. Omotayo Famosinpe is a dedicated and experienced Basic Life Support (BLS) instructor with more than six years of invaluable healthcare expertise. Throughout my career, I have been committed to equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to save lives in critical situations. My journey in healthcare began with a passion for making a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Over the years, I have had the privilege of working in various healthcare settings, gaining invaluable hands-on experience in emergency medicine, patient care, and life-saving techniques. Having witnessed firsthand the Omotayo Famosinpe, importance of prompt and effective response in emergencies, I Basic Life Support (BLS) transitioned into the role of a BLS instructor. As an instructor, I Instructor, American Red have trained more than 3000 students, including healthcare Cross, American Heart professionals, first responders, and community members, in the Association, American essential skills of BLS. My goal is to empower individuals with Health and Safety Institute the confidence and competence to act swiftly and decisively when faced with cardiac arrest, choking, or other life-threatening situations. As a BLS instructor, my mission is to ensure that every student leaves my course not only with a certification but also with the ability to act with confidence and save lives when it matters most. I am dedicated to staying current with the latest advancements in BLS protocols and techniques, ensuring that my students receive the most up-to-date and evidence-based training available.

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Rev. Patricia Hailes Fears is the second pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church. She is a native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, but has called Washington, D.C., home for several years. Prior to becoming a pastor, Rev. Fears served at the Westover Baptist Church in Arlington, Virginia. Her ministerial résumé includes youth, health, and educational leadership. Rev. Fears has a passion for pastoral ministry. She is actively involved in the DC Baptist Convention, currently serving as president of the Board of Directors; a charter member of Faith Strategies, an ecumenical social justice organization; co-founder of Sister Patricia Hailes Fears Clergy; and a key coordinator for Ward 4 Leader Against Gun President, DC Baptist violence. She is an owner of MediaFEARS, a full-service Convention advertising agency and co-owner of Huntley Sauces, Inc. Rev. Fears has a rich background in community engagement, serving on several boards and committees: the American Heart Association, Chair of D.C. Center for Independent Living Board of Directors, Past President of the Advertising Club of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Co-Chair of DC Cardiovascular Health and Obesity Collaborative Community Advisory Board, NCNW, Wednesday Clergy Fellowship, and the Baptist Minister Conference of Northern Virginia, to name a few. She is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She and her husband Deacon Ernest Fears are the proud parents of three sons and two amazing granddaughters. Pierpont Mobley of the JPM Group, LLC, is a management consulting and training expert in the areas of EEO/Civil and Human Rights and Employment Law. A professional mediator (CM), trained arbitrator, and professional OD trainer, he is a recent National HistoryMaker for his many years in the civil and human rights enforcement areas. His consultant services specialized in employment administration, affirmative employment, diversity awareness, ethics, executive coaching, sexual and workplace harassment, organizational Pierpont Mobley effectiveness, conflict management, team building, facilitation and Professional Mediator strategic planning, customer service, career coaching and (CM), Trained performance management for both the private and public sectors. He Arbitrator, and Professional OD Trainer, recently received President Biden’s National Volunteer Service Award. While being a White House Senior Staffer in human resources JPM Group, LLC under four Administrations (16 years), he was appointed EEO Coordinator for all 12 Executive Offices of the President, which included WHO, OMB, OST, NSC, etc. He provided HR, EEO and ethics (Hatch Act) training to most administration officials periodically. Also, he retired (20 years) as a (Race Relations) Senior NCO from the DC National Guard. After retiring, he was charged to serve as the Discrimination Compliance Officer/Chief

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Mediator for a major Class Action in Maryland for nine years. Finally, for more than 20 years, Mr. Mobley has facilitated several DC community-based mentoring and career enhancement programs for DCPS and other nonprofit local organizations. He also serves as Senior Advisor to 100 Fathers, Inc. Rev. Nickens, Vice President of the American Baptist Churches USA for the 2022-2023 biennium, serves as the pastor of Washington Plaza Baptist Church in Reston, Virginia. As a pastor, author, activist, and artist she uses storytelling, drama, and the creative imagination as instruments of education, empowerment, and justice. Rev. Nickens is passionate about the full inclusion of women as well as other marginalized communities in the church, especially those who have experienced trauma or religious oppression. Prior to being called by Washington Plaza Baptist, Rev. Nickens served as Michelle Nickens Vice President, American Associate Minister and Director of Adult Education Programs at Baptist Churches USA Metro Baptist Church/Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries in New York City. She was also an adjunct instructor at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York from 2010-2016, a domestic violence awareness counselor and clergy educator, and a founding member of the CONNECT NYC Ending Child Sexual Abuse (ECSA) Faith Collaborative.

Ryan Phipps

Pastor, Church in Bethesda

Rev. Ryan Phipps was raised in the church, and becoming a pastor was the one thing Ryan vowed he would never do. After spending many years away from faith, he found that for all its flaws, the church can still occupy a unique place of good in the world if it is willing to evolve with reason and empathy. Ryan has a special place in his heart for those who have been damaged or disillusioned by the church, and longs to lead those within it toward a more just and generous expression of itself. Ryan has pastored churches in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Manhattan, New York City. He is also the host of Meditations for The Metro, a podcast of daily devotions for people with busy lives, writes music under the pseudonym, “Saturne,” and is a former contributor to the Huffington Post.

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Rev. Adrienne Reedy is, first and foremost, a child of the Most High King. She calls herself a grace-ist as she ministers by bringing people together around reconciling love - everyone is called to love God, neighbor, and self. As a recording gospel artist, Adrienne painted pictures with words through music . On Christmas morning in 2018, she found of boxes of soft pastels stuffed in her Christmas stocking. It didn’t take long before painting with pastels became a passion. Although pastel painting is her preferred medium, Adrienne’s passion for art extends to iconography, drawing with pencil, ink, and watercolor. She finds Adrienne Reedy so much joy in being an artist in multiple disciplines of music, Leadership Team visual art, and writing. Adrienne looks to bring that joy into all of Member, Salter McNeil and Associate her artwork in a way that impacts many. Through her faith, she lives at the intersection of art, justice, and reconciliation. Along with her husband, Steve, Ms. Reedy serves on the leadership team of Salter McNeil and Associates, a nationally recognized leader in racial reconciliation. In November 2020, she was appointed as the Wilton, Connecticut, Police Commissioner. In the wake of the social justice protests of 2020, she was offered the position in recognition of her high-profile and ongoing servant leadership in the community. Rev. Reedy serves on the Board of the Cornelius Corp., another organization that helps people on the journey of racial righteousness. She is a member of the leadership team of Convergence, a spiritual community for artists. Her love of God, commitment to living out grace, and her joy and love for God and the world are infectious. Ms. Reedy is the proud mother of three adult sons: Terrence, Calvin, and Quinn. Rev. Rozolem has faithfully served as the senior pastor of Nations United Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, since 2005. With a deep passion for spreading the word of God and leading others in their spiritual journey, Rev. Rozolem has played a pivotal role in nurturing and guiding the congregation. Beyond his role as a pastor, Rev. Rozolem finds joy in his personal life as well. He has been happily married to his high school sweetheart, Andrea, for an incredible 24 years. Together, they share a beautiful love story that began in their youth and continues to flourish to this day. In 1998, Samuel Rozolem both Rev. Rozolem and Andrea made a profound commitment to the Senior Pastor, Nations Lord, dedicating their lives to serving Him through their local United Baptist Church church. Their shared faith has not only strengthened their marriage but has also allowed them to serve as a united force in their ministry, inspiring others along the way. Rev. Rozolem’s dedication, creativity, and genuine care for others are evident in all aspects of his life. Whether he is delivering a powerful sermon or lending a listening ear, he consistently

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exemplifies the qualities of a true servant leader. With his warm and friendly nature, Rev. Rozolem continues to impact lives and make a difference in the lives of those around him. Rev. Yalonda N. Smith was born in Hampton, Virginia, and spent most of her formative years traveling as a part of a military family. Reverend Smith accepted the saving grace of God in September 2001 and since accepting Christ, she has run passionately the race marked out for her. Rev. Smith received her Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. She was licensed to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in July 2010 and ordained in August 2012 at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Arlington, Virginia, under the leadership of her late Yalonda Smith husband, Dr. Leonard N. Smith. Rev. Smith holds a certificate in Minister of Spiritual Youth & Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Masters Formation and in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Chicago School for Counseling, Dayspring Community Church Professional Psychology, and a Doctor of Ministry from Virginia University of Lynchburg. After 13 years in the Federal Government, Rev. Smith served full-time as the Minister of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for Mount Zion. Under her leadership, Mount Zion experienced consistent growth in the number of youths of all ages who attend services regularly. In addition, she provided a sacred space to nurture and guide the young people toward discovering and developing a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. In this environment, she ushered in a more engaging and captivating worship experience designed especially for children and youth. Rev. Smith is currently serving at Dayspring Community Church in Lanham, Maryland, under the leadership of Dr. Cynthia TurnerWood. Rev. Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and Maryland and owner of Pivot for Life Counseling and Wellness, LLC. She is also a Certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor. In addition, she serves with the Young People’s Ministry of the Northern Virginia Baptist Association where she educates church leaders, parents and youth on mental health challenges and resources. Rev. Smith is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She lives and is encouraged by the Word of God. Specifically, Isaiah 40:31: “But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” As evident in her diligent and fervent work in her church, Rev. Smith continues to be an asset to the Kingdom of God.

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Rev. Dr. Harold Dean Trulear, is Assistant Pastor of Empowered Ministries, Inc., where his wife, Brenda J. Trulear, is Senior Pastor. An Associate Professor of Applied Theology at Howard University School of Divinity, his professional associations include the Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association, Just Leadership USA, and Community Corrections for Youth. A graduate of Morehouse College and Drew University, he directs a national research and demonstration project called “Healing Communities USA,” mobilizing congregations to support those returning from Harold Dean Trulear incarceration through the establishment of family and social support Associate Professor of networks. Rev. Dr. Trulear was a 2017 Leading with Conviction Applied Theology, Fellow at JustLeadership USA, a movement of formerly incarcerated Howard University leaders committed to reducing the prison population by 50 percent by School of Divinity the year 2030. With Charles Lewis and W. Wilson Goode, he is coeditor of the book Ministry with Prisoners and Families: The Way Forward (Judson Press 2011). His book, Balancing Justice with Mercy: An Interfaith Guide to Creating Healing Communities was released in September 2021, while his newest book, Welcome Home: Reflective Essays for Returning Citizens, is currently being used as a pre-release curriculum in more than 100 jail facilities. He began his teaching career in the correctional system as a member of the faculty of New York Theological Seminary in 1992, teaching a course on the Theology of Martin Luther King. Since then, he has taught at several correctional facilities and been certified by Inside/Out Prisoner Exchange Program. Dr. Trulear has pastored churches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and formerly served as campus minister at Eastside High School in Paterson, NJ. Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Lynne Ellis Wiggins is the third child/second daughter of six born to the late Carl and Rachel Ellis. She and Langford Wiggins, Jr. are parents to Lauren, Lynne, Langford, III, and grandparents to Carliece, Kevonté, Kalvin, Logan, Leora, Luke, Kyrie, and Lex. A native Washingtonian, she attended Anne Beers, Sousa, and H.D. Woodson. Her higher education includes a BA (Oberlin, 1978); paralegal certification (PG Community College, 1988); Emmanuel Baptist Church Evangelism School (1997); 30 hours of Elementary Education (Univ D.C); MDiv Elizabeth Wiggins (Howard University School of Divinity, 2010); and a D.Min. Associate Minister, East (Indiana Wesleyan, Wesley Seminary, 2022). A member of East Washington Heights Washington Heights Baptist Church (“EWHBC”) for 51 years, Baptist Church licensed to preach (2010) and ordained (2011), she serves as an Associate minister. Dr. Wiggins publications include That Was Then. This Is Now. Winter 20092010 issue of The African American Pulpit; “When My Heart Hears From God” published 2011; “The Puzzling Pieces of Creation.” 2023 Reflections Literary and Arts Magazine: Creation. Rev.

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Dr. Wiggins began playing handbells at EWHBC while in elementary school and became Director of the Bell Choir in 1994. The choir has rung at various churches and venues throughout the DMV area. Dr. Wiggins has had the honor of ringing in several mass choirs up and down the East Coast and prepared the EWBHC Bell Choir to ring in a mass choir that rang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a Washington Nationals baseball game. She has written/directed two handbell plays and holds classes for all ages. Alexander Williams, Jr. is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of Roosevelt High School in northwest Washington, D.C. He is an ordained minister, a retired federal judge and a professor of law. Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. served on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland from September 2, 1994 to January 3, 2014. Prior to his service on the bench, Judge Williams served two terms from 1987 to 1994 as the elected State's Attorney for Prince George’s County, Maryland. In addition to chairing several public boards and commissions, Judge Williams is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Judge Alexander Williams Alexander Williams, Jr., Center for Education, Justice, and Ethics, Judge, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Inc., (a policy center) located on the campus of the University of The Judge Alexander Maryland in College Park, Maryland. Rev/Judge Williams is a Williams, Jr., Center for graduate of Howard University, where he earned a B.A, a Master Education, Justice, and of Arts in Religious Studies, and a Juris Doctor; and also graduated Ethics, Inc., (A Policy from Temple University, where he earned a Master of Arts Degree Center in Religion/Ethics. Judge Williams is a lifelong member of the Walker Memorial Baptist Church in Northwest Washington, D.C. As a youngster growing up at Walker, he served as a junior usher, a junior deacon, later serving as Superintendent of the Church School, as a Deacon, Trustee, as an associate minister. He also previously served on two separate occasions as the interim pastor of Walker Memorial. Rev./Judge Williams is married to the former Joyce Elizabeth Fields of Columbus, Ohio, and they are the proud parents of three sons and 10 grandchildren.

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Sharing the News with Every Land By Carmella Jones Reprinted with permission from:

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Well, it’s been a whole year of home assignment! And now it’s over!!! I left for Hungary on September 19th and arrived safely. A lot has happened: I have met a lot of people and been to a lot of places. So, as a big highlight of my year in the states, I attended the Biennial Conference in Puerto Rico. It was enjoyable for sure, but the best part was the opportunity to chaperone young people who are mission minded and committed to following Jesus! The program is called emerging leaders and serves young people from age 16-29. I can’t recommend it enough. I am most excited to say, my assignment has expanded and with a small change, well not so small. My new mission role is Regional Health and Education global servant for Europe, Middle East and Liberia. Now, that sounds big but let me explain. The geography matches that of my Area Director Rev. Charles Jones and allows me to continue with him as my manager. This is important because he has years of established relationships and working experience with each partner. This will be a great benefit to me in navigating my new responsibilities. In Europe, through mutual agreement and excitement, I will return to Hungary, serving my beloved Pannonhalmi school community and Tabitha House. I will continue teaching English and working with children with special needs. I am excited that in my absence the school community has expanded. My head mistress (aka, principal) has been given responsibility for opening a secondary school for grades 9-12. The undertaking has come with renovating a new building. The good news is the building is open and there is a 9th

grade class. Additionally, grades 4-8 have also been moved to the new building. Since my last writing, and as part of the discernment process for this new role, I traveled to Liberia for the first time. It was my vision trip to meet the partners and learn about their ministries. I was able to meet Liberian people, experience the culture, and to see, feel, and smell the land. I was particularly drawn to one of the ministry partners, Ricks Institute, which serves both day and boarding students. Please visit their website to learn more: I found myself excited about the newly renovated health clinic on campus and the young nurses eager to serve the students and the surrounding community. I felt the nostalgia of my early days in nursing as I listened to the enthusiasm of two young nurses. I am looking forward to making a return trip in January. I am hoping that together we will begin to lay the foundation for systems that will support good data collection, patient education and visiting medical/dental mission teams. Here are some fun facts about Liberia: 1. Liberia is Africa's oldest republic founded in 1821 and the second oldest Black republic in the world after Haiti. 2. Liberia was created for freed enslaved folks and was one of the only two African countries not subjected to colonialism. Although there are indigenous people living on the land before it was acquired. 3. Liberia is located on the west coast of Africa and is bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Cote d'Ivoire. It has a coastline on the Atlantic Ocean and

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covers an area of 111,369 square kilometers. 4. According to Liberia's constitution, you must be Black to be a citizen. Please pray for: 1. My health and safety in this new assignment. 2. Please pray for my wisdom, discernment and joy in this new assignment.

3. Pray for the leadership of both schools, Pannonhalmi and Ricks Institute. 4. Pray for the students as they are adjusting to this school year. Serving with God’s gifts, grace and strength, Carmella

This ministry is supported by prayers and financial donations. If you would like to be a sustaining partner by giving a monthly gift please go to:

Watch the video to see snapshots from the field.

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Leland Seminary to Launch Two New Graduate Certificate Programs This Fall: Pastoral Leadership and Trauma & Healing Ministry Leland Seminary is pleased to announce the opening of enrollment into two new Graduate Certificate programs designed to meet leading internal and external challenges facing pastors today.  The Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Leadership ( , based on several practical theology courses from the MDIV program, will help students to enhance their ministry and leadership skills in congregational settings.  The Graduate Certificate in Trauma & Healing Ministry ( ps://, created in response to society’s growing population of trauma victims, will equip students to minister to those in need of comfort and spiritual strength. Both programs feature an initial 3-hour spiritual formation course and 15 hours of specialized study. The Pastoral Leadership program includes classes in Theology & Practice of Leadership; Worship & Preaching; and Pastoral Care & Counseling. The Trauma & Healing Ministry program includes classes in Emergency Trauma/Crisis Chaplaincy; Memory, Trauma, and the Process of Healing; Culture, Grief, and the Hope of Resurrection/ Trauma & Grace; The Arts and the Gift of Grace; and Worship Planning & Preaching in Times of Crisis OR Ecumenical and Multi-Faith Engagement in Times of Crisis & Trauma. More information about these and other Graduate Certificate programs at Leland Seminary can be found at The cohort sizes for these programs will be limited, so students are encouraged to apply at for fall classes.


DCBC shares the following notable events in the life of the Convention and its members…

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who joined us for the Worship Reboot event! Your presence and enthusiasm made this gathering truly special. Together, we lifted our voices in praise, immersed ourselves in the Word and allowed the Holy Spirit to move in our midst. The energy and love for God were palpable, and we are truly blessed to be part of this faith-filled family. We’ve captured some snapshots from the event here and look forward to more uplifting gatherings and experiences with all of you. Thank you for being an essential part of our faith journey!

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 Some of the attendees at the September 18–20 Emergency Response Trauma/Crisis Chaplain Training.

 We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Rev. Joel Olusina Ojelade and members of Alafia Baptist Church in Mount Rainier, Maryland, at the passing of Rev. Ojelade, who was the church’s pioneer pastor.

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Six DCBC women attended the BWIM 40th Anniversary Celebration in Louisville, Kentucky on Oct. 2-4: (left to right) Anura Crawford, Sandra Dorsainvil, Trisha Miller Manarin, Zina Jacques, Julie PenningtonRussell, Patricia Hernandez

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1 World Communion Sunday


2 Thursday Morning Prayer* (Zoom, 8:25 a.m.) 4 Mental Health First Aid Training Certification (Takoma Park Baptist Church) 6 Grant Writing (Zoom, 6-8 p.m.) 7 Husch Blackwell, LLP “It’s Not That Elementary Webinar” (Free, 12 noon – 1 p.m. (details on pg. 5) 8 Chapel/Staff Mtg. 10 Veterans Day | DCBC Closed 13 Grant Writing (Zoom, 6-8 p.m.) 14 Pastors’ Chat (Zoom) 20 Grant Writing (Zoom, 6-8 p.m.) 21 Turkey Distribution (TBD) 22 DCBC Closed at 12 noon 23 Thanksgiving | DCBC Closed 24 DCBC Closed 27 Grant Writing (Zoom, 6-8 p.m.)


2 Grant Writing (Zoom, 6-8 p.m.) 5 Thursday Morning Prayer* (Zoom, 8:25 a.m.) 9 Columbus/Indigenous Peoples’ Day | DCBC Closed 10 World Mental Health Day | Pastors’ Chat (Zoom) 11 Chapel/Staff Mtg. (Zoom) 16 Grant Writing (Zoom, 6-8 p.m.) 23 Grant Writing (Zoom, 6-8 p.m.) 27-28 147th Annual Gathering 30 DCBC Closed | Grant Writing (Zoom, 68 p.m.)

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7 12 13 18-29

Thursday Morning Prayer* (Zoom, 8:25 a.m.) Pastors’ Chat (Zoom, 10 a.m.) Chapel/Staff Mtg. | Christmas Drop-In DCBC Closed/Christmas Break

JAN 1-2 4 8 9 15

DCBC Closed/Christmas Break Thursday Morning Prayer* (Zoom, 8:25 a.m.) Pastors’ Chat (Zoom, 10 a.m.) Chapel/Staff Mtg. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day | DCBC Closed | Rev. William Barber, Keynote Speaker at Reston Community Center, Va.

*Thursday Morning Prayer is held at 8:25 a.m. each Thursday.

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Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice. Psalm 112:5

…do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16

The friends of DCBC offer a way for individuals to transform lives and communities through their generous giving. Your support of the Friends helps the Convention provide opportunities for courageous missional engagement by a network of congregations, organizations, entities, groups, and individuals committed to our values and the fulfillment of the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment.

Core Ministries • • • • • •

Equipping local churches to share the Gospel Empowering local churches to connect with their communities and the global community for mission Engaging church leaders through training and spiritual formation Responding to churches in times of celebration or crisis Guiding churches in pastoral searches Connecting churches with each other for collaborative ministry

Innovative Initiatives • • • • • •

Providing training and support for new ministries Developing ministry specifically geared toward families Enhancing ministry to and with young adults and youth Offering mission opportunities to connect glocally Sharing opportunities for congregants to connect with the larger Christian community Supporting clergy and other leaders’ support





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Church Mission Giving

For the Eight Months Ended August 31, 2023 The Convention recognizes that the giving cycles of each church are different. Some give monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually. DCBC - 65%; Coop - 35% UNIFIE D COOP -

Churches Agape Bible Christian Fellowship Alafia Baptist Church Allow God Deliverance Outreach Min., Intl. American Baptist Church Brazilian Baptist Church Broadneck Baptist Church Broadview Baptist Church Buenas Nuevas de Salvacion Calvary Baptist Church Carmody Hills Baptist Church Chin Community Baptist Church Church in Bethesda Clifton Park Baptist Church Commonwealth Baptist Church Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ Dayspring Community Church East Washington Heights Baptist Faith Shepherd Baptist Church Fellowship Baptist Church First Baptist Church of Silver Spring First Baptist Church Of the City of Washington DC First Baptist Church/Camp Springs First Kachin Baptist Church of VA Forest Heights Baptist Church Fort Foote Baptist Church Fort Washington Baptist Church Glory Baptist Church (Korean) Greater Spiritual Fellowship Community Church Heritage Baptist Church Hillcrest Baptist Church Israel Baptist Church Lai Baptist Church Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church Mara Christian Church of America Maryland Baptist Church (Tedim Chin) Maryland Kachin Baptist Church Metropolitan Baptist Church Metropolitan Outreach Ministry Montgomery Hills Baptist Church Morning Star Baptist Church Mt. Airy Baptist Church Mt. Moriah Baptist Church National Baptist Memorial Church Nations United Baptist Church Nevertheless Outreach Ministry Church Norbeck Community Church Olive Branch Baptist Church Paramount Baptist Church Pathways Baptist Church Pilgrim Baptist Church Power House Baptist Church Purity Baptist Church Ravensworth Baptist Church Rivers of Joy Bible Fellowship Church Riverside Church Saint Mary's Baptist Church Saint Matthews Baptist Church Salem Gospel Ministries (Silver Spring) Siyin-Chin Baptist Church Takoma Park Baptist Church The District Church The Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church University Baptist Church/College Park Upper Room Baptist Church Vienna Baptist Church Village Baptist Church West Hyattsville Baptist Church Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church Word for Life Church Ministries TOTAL


ABC COOP 500.00 154.03 300.00 6,040.00 100.00 7,094.03




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900.00 900.00 200.00 24.10 300.00 1,409.00 8,500.00 100.00 500.00 800.00 2,000.00 1,300.00 1,000.00 500.00 2,000.00 2,400.00 2,400.00 1,600.00 1,200.00 5,491.98 3,000.00 4,447.44 873.00 28,332.00 1,200.00 100.00 270.00 800.00 500.00 500.00 4,000.00 3,661.00 1,000.00 1,200.00 1,200.00 5,000.00 400.00 4,400.00 1,000.00 400.00 1,200.00 200.00 4,459.04 300.00 400.00 450.00 250.00 2,000.00 1,000.00 300.00 500.00 500.00 800.00 2,000.00 500.00 1,200.00 400.00 700.00 5,000.00 2,000.00 750.00 7,483.03 1,000.00 2,000.00 3,000.00 1,000.00 4,000.00 2,000.00 141,200.59






ABC 1,244.86 1,000.00 576.70 990.00 300.00 1,464.50 300.00 4,681.00 300.00 3,000.00 500.00 300.00 8,421.03 3,783.00 26,861.09


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MISC 100.00 336.14 177.00 -



YTD Total Gifts

900.00 900.00 300.00 1,605.10 300.00 1,586.00 8,500.00 100.00 1,500.00 800.00 2,000.00 1,300.00 1,000.00 500.00 2,500.00 2,400.00 2,400.00 1,600.00 1,200.00 6,222.71 3,000.00 5,737.44 600.00 873.00 30,284.00 1,200.00 100.00 270.00 800.00 500.00 500.00 4,000.00 5,857.75 1,000.00 1,800.00 1,200.00 5,000.00 400.00 10,581.00 1,000.00 400.00 1,200.00 200.00 14,863.63 300.00 500.00 450.00 550.00 24,765.00 1,000.00 300.00 500.00 600.00 800.00 2,000.00 1,000.00 1,200.00 400.00 1,000.00 5,000.00 2,000.00 750.00 22,176.08 1,000.00 2,000.00 3,000.00 1,250.00 7,783.00 2,000.00 211,304.71

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The District of Columbia Baptist Convention, a Christ-centered and faith-based organization, has a position open for a Financial Assistant. The Financial Assistant provides financial support for the Office of Administration and Stewardship. This is a part-time, eight hours per week position. The optimal applicant will be a self-starter who can multitask effectively; have excellent listening and organizational skills; have excellent computer skills with experience utilizing MS Word and Excel, have a minimum of three years of experience serving as a financial assistant; and must be available to work Monday, Wednesday, and/or Thursdays, and evenings or Saturdays for special meetings and events. Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and two professional letters of recommendation to the DC Baptist Convention, Attn: Lashanor Doolittle, 1628 16th Street NW, Washington DC, or email to Please indicate “Financial Assistant” in the subject line. The deadline for submission is Friday, August 22, 2023. Visit for a comprehensive list of the position's qualifications and responsibilities. You will be assessed based on your qualifications, as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you report relative to this position, which shows that you possess the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Compensated and volunteer experience will be considered. DC Baptist Convention is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate. However, as a Christian organization, we require that all employees share our religious beliefs and adhere to our mission, vision, and values.

The Foundation has burial lots at National Funeral Home & National Memorial Park 7482 Lee Highway Falls Church, VA 22042 DCBC active member churches are welcome to contact the Foundation. Visit our website at

October – November 2023 | Capital Baptist Newsletter


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2023/24 Publication Schedule & Article Deadlines Issue

Article Submission Deadline

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