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History

The East Washington Heights Baptist Church is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches and the Progressive National Baptist Convention. The church was organized in the last decade of the nineteenth century and evolved from a meeting of fifteen persons held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. David C. Fountain to establish a Sunday school. At that time, the Fountains lived at what is now 3400 Alabama Avenue, Southeast, Washington, DC in the community then known as East Washington Heights.

From that meeting of fifteen, a permanent organization of the East Washington Heights Baptist Church Sunday School was created. Subsequently, in 1894, a church organization was formed under the pastorate of the Reverend George T. Stevenson, the first pastor of the East Washington Heights Baptist Church.

Since the time the church was established, one hundred and eight years ago, the congregation has worshipped in different church buildings located on the

“holy hill” overlooking the city of Washington, DC. From a little white-framed church on the hill, the church building evolved into a beautiful and impressive

house of worship.

Not only has the church’s edifice changed, but the congregation’s demographics and spiritual leadership have changed as well. From an all white congregation, the church became a bi-racial fellowship in January 1965, with the acceptance of an African American family as members of the church community. As the surrounding community became more and more integrated, the church became a predominately African American congregation. Despite the racial diversity of our members, we still

share a common desire, to love and serve our Lord God and to love, honor and respect each other. Our church is known as the church that is “dedicated to the love of God and neighbor.”

There is a true saying that “if a man desires to be a pastor, he desires a good work” (1 Timothy 3:1). Since the pastorate of the Reverend George T. Stevenson, successions

of dedicated men of “good work” have served the congregation of the East Washington Heights Baptist Church. Those faithful servants were: the Reverends James W. Many; Gl,enn B. Faucett; Robert S. Cooper, TH.D.; John D. Cave, TH.D.; Robert D. Caldwell; R. Carrington Paulette, D.D.; and Kenneth E. Burke, Jr., M.Div. In the year of our Lord 2002, we welcomed our ninth pastor, another man of “good work,” the Reverend Kip Bernard Banks, Sr.

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