We're so glad

you're here!


East Washington Heights Baptist Church is a place where all are invited in to discover who God is and the purpose He has for all of us in His story. We think church should be one of the most engaging and exciting places on the planet—a place where people of any and all backgrounds can experience a God who is real and relevant in their lives today. And that's exactly what we want to help you do!

If you've been following God your entire life, you're welcome here. If you're new to faith, you're welcome here. If you're not really sure you believe in God at all, you're welcome here. No matter where you are on the road to faith, we want to walk alongside you. Our hope is that as you join us on the journey, you'll discover a God who is active, alive, and at work in your life.


We invite you to experience what the gospel means both intellectually and relationally at our Sunday worship service. You can engage with others and find places for your whole family to connect. We hope that through visiting with us, you will experience the hope, love and joy that comes from a community of people who love Jesus, love neighbors and who seek to transform the community with the love of Christ.


We look for God’s love in our lives as evidence that we have been truly worshipping Him. At East Washington Heights Baptist Church, worship is central to everything. Worship means learning to recognize God’s goodness while delighting to deepen our responses.

service schedule

Early Morning Worship Service - 9:00 am

Facebook Live!

Sunday School  - 10:00am

(Conference call ) 

Sunday Worship Service

11:00 am - 12:30pm

Via Zoom Meeting

Communion First Sundays 11:00 am

Wednesday Night Prayer

6:30pm - 8:00 pm

Via Zoom Meeting


We believe that practical, relevant teaching is the catalyst for transformation in an individual's life. Scripture is inspired by God, completely accurate and our authority regarding Christian beliefs and the guide for Christian living.


Rev. Dr. Kip Bernard Banks, Sr. is the Senior Pastor of the East Washington Heights Baptist Church of Washington, DC. He's working to build up an intergenerational family of disciples who love God, love neighbors, and work to transform the community with the Gospel of Christ.

He has recently served as the General Secretary of the Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc. (PNBC), the church convention of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In his role as PNBC General Secretary Rev. Banks oversaw the operation of the nation’s second-largest Black Baptist denomination.

A native of Los Angeles, CA and a graduate of that city’s public school system, Banks received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.  Selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, Rev. Banks also completed master of public policy and urban planning degrees from the University of Michigan. In addition, he holds a master of divinity degree from the Howard University School of Divinity. He also holds a Doctorate in Ministry from the Wesley Theological Seminary. 

Before being called to East Washington’s pulpit, Rev. Banks served as Director of Theological Education with the Congress of National Black Churches where he oversaw efforts to empower Black ministerial alliances on a nationwide basis. In their June 1, 1998 issue, Newsweek magazine recognized Banks as one of the “Lord’s Foot Soldiers” in the battle to reach at-risk-youth.

Among his many public and civic involvements, Rev. Banks has served as a senior aide to the U.S. Senate Budget Committee under Sen. Jim Sasser (D-TN) and Director of Government Relations with the American Public Transit Association.  He also serves on the Board of the DC Baptist Convention, the DC Baptist Foundation, Wesley Theological Seminary, the African Cultural Heritage Institute and the Center for Nature in Spirituality.  He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Pastor Banks and his wife Dollie are the parents of three children, Carolyne Marie, Margaret Katherine and Kip Bernard, Jr.