Our Story

Jesus once said that loving God and loving one’s neighbors ought to be our two highest priorities. Our church community exists to embody these priorities on Capitol Hill.

We started as a multi-ethnic fellowship in the Washington home of Fr. Dan & Elise Claire. In 2004, we began meeting Sunday evenings for worship at Christ our Shepherd Church on Capitol Hill. Since then, we have grown into a hub for missional church leadership, commissioning new leaders every year and establishing new congregations like ours elsewhere in metro Washington as well as in the Shenandoah Valley and in other major cities. Our primary focus nevertheless 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.

New in 2019

We are embarking on an effort to purchase a building to grow deeper roots for ministry in Capitol Hill.