OUR STORY

Our Story

Jesus taught that loving God and loving one’s neighbors ought to be our two highest priorities. Our congregation exists to embody these priorities on Capitol Hill and beyond.

WE ARE a Gospel-centered Anglican church family serving Capitol Hill and the city.

OUR VISION is God’s renewal of ourselves, our city and our world.

OUR MISSION is to love God and serve our city as a growing community of disciples.

We started in 2002 as a multi-ethnic fellowship in the home of Dan & Elise Claire. In 2004, we began meeting Sunday evenings for worship in rented facilities on Capitol Hill. For seventeen years, using seven rental facilities, we learned together about worship, community, discipleship and mission. In 2021, after years of praying, fundraising, and negotiating, we purchased and moved into a historic church building at 501 E St SE. We give thanks to God for entrusting us with permanent facilities to steward and use for his glory and the good of our neighbors.

Our congregation began with the encouragement and support of international Anglican leaders, particularly several Rwandan bishops. Each week, in solidarity with East African Anglicans, we "send all our problems to the cross of Christ." We are so grateful to remain closely connected to the vibrant fellowship of Global South Anglicans.

Throughout our history we have endeavored to be the church equivalent of a teaching hospital, with a strong commitment to leadership development and sending. By God's grace, we have been privileged to see new leaders developing in our midst every year. We have also played a role in establishing new congregations like ours elsewhere in metro Washington as well as in the Shenandoah Valley and in other major cities. Nevertheless, our primary focus remains loving God and loving our neighbors as an embassy of Jesus on Capitol Hill.

Washington is a deeply divided city, whether in terms of race, resources, or partisanship. It’s also a deeply religious city, where the gods of power, knowledge, pleasure and wealth are ruthless in their demands. Jesus is an entirely different kind of God. His grace frees people from the weighty, inhumane burdens of Washington’s false gods. His love brings reconciliation and peace in place of division.

Everyone is welcome in our church community, whether long-time churchgoers or those who are new to faith. Come be part of our story of loving God and our neighbors on Capitol Hill.