Washington, D.C. has experienced a flurry of new churches planted in neighborhoods across the metropolitan area in recent years. The IRD staff includes prayers for these new DC churches and their pastors in our daily prayer time, adding new ones as we learn of them.
In September, the Washington Post even published an extensive article noting the growth of churches reaching millennials within the District. The article primarily focused upon The District Church, but also mentioned The Table, Anacostia River Church, Grace Capital City, Triumph Church, and Redemption Hill. IRD’s Evangelical Program Director, Chelsen Vicari, interviewed the pastor of Triumph Church in 2015, and one of our IRD interns worships at Redemption Hill.
The beginning of the school year also marks an important launch window for many new churches: people are back from summer vacations and new schedules are underway. Below is a list of several new congregations that have either recently launched or prepare to do so.
Grace Capital City: this new congregation near the Dupont Circle metro station was planted by the large Grace family of churches in metro Atlanta and seeks to reach students at nearby George Washington University.
Mercy Hill DC: Located in the fast-growing Southwest DC Waterfront neighborhood, this forth-coming Southern Baptist Convention-affiliated church plant is currently meeting in “connect groups” on Tuesdays.
Salam Church: Immigrant churches are popping up almost everywhere in the diverse Washington area. Salam Church – which meets in Arlington’s highly transient and densely populated Orange Line Metro corridor – is a community of followers of Christ who come from Muslim backgrounds and from various nations.
Advent Brookland: This branch of the Columbia Heights-based Anglican Church of the Advent seeks to reach families in Northeast DC and is proximate to the Catholic University of America. “While there are some healthy churches and a number of Catholic institutions, Brookland is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the district, and the need is great. We hope to build a community that is deeply rooted in the Brookland neighborhood, reflective of its diversity, and committed to extending the love of Christ to every neighborhood resident,” the church explains on its web site. Chelsen Vicari interviewed Rector Thomas Hinson back in 2014.
King’s Cross: This Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) congregation is a plant of McLean Presbyterian Church, started amidst the subdivisions and office parks of suburban eastern Loudoun County.
The Father’s Heart Ministry Center: A Southern Baptist-affiliated congregation in exurban Manassas, Virginia that seeks to serve the Spanish-speaking population in western Prince William County.
National Community Church Gainesville: A worship site of the popular Assemblies of God congregation that serves the fast-growing exurban part of Prince William County. NCC has been around since 1996, but has steadily followed its congregants out into suburban and exurban locations. There are also relatively new locations opened at Echostage in Northeast DC and Georgetown.
Anacostia River Church: began on Easter Sunday of 2015 with three elders and several dozen members from Capitol Hill Baptist Church. They meet at Anacostia High School. “CapBap” has also been engaged in a noteworthy practice of “overseeding” which entails revitalizing older churches with clergy and families sent from a sponsoring congregation.
Union Church: Have you been to the redeveloped Union Market in Northeast DC? It has anchored a sizeable redevelopment of the surrounding neighborhood, adding many new residents. Union Church meets at the Angelika Pop-Up Theater across Penn Street NE.
Here is our original list, compiled in 2012. Later that year, we came back with another large list of new congregations. Don’t see your church? Please e-mail me and I will happily add it to our prayer list.