Welcome to the New Hope Baptist United Church of Christ website! We are a new church and a church for all people. Located in Washington, D.C. We believe that God still speaks prophetically.
We are a welcoming, justice-minded Christian community. As a Still speaking church, we believe that God is all-loving and inclusive. Stillspeaking is the shorter form of "God is still speaking," a campaign by the United Church of Christ to remind us that God still has a lot more to say. We believe that faith is still relevant and extend an extravagant welcome to all. No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here. At New Hope, we believe that diversity -- in terms of race, age, gender, sexuality, income, ability, background and in other ways -- is a gift from God that makes us all stronger and helps us to grow in our faith. We embrace you lovingly, warmly, sincerely and enthusiastically!
At a time when religion is too often portrayed as narrow-minded and exclusive, we are raising our voices for an alternate vision. God has called our Pastor, the Reverend Kenneth H. King to lead a ministry where we affirm that the teachings of Jesus are testimonies that all are entitled to a seat at God's banquet table, where there is plenty good room.
Pastor Kenneth H. King was ordained at Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ in 2005 and served as the Senior Associate Minister under the leadership of Pastors Dennis W. and Christine Y. Wiley. Rev. King first joined Covenant Baptist UCC in the late 1980s, serving as the youth minister. In 1994, Covenant licensed Rev. King to preach the Gospel. After being licensed, Rev. King was appointed to serve as the Minister of Worship and Intercession at Covenant, a position that he held until he became the Pastor and one of the founding members of New Hope Baptist United Church of Christ. Rev. King was responsible for participating in the planning of various worship experiences that recognized the liturgical seasons of the church. Rev. King also served on the music ministry leadership. God has graced Rev. King with many gifts and talents. More than 10 years ago, he birthed Covenant’s first prayer and praise team. After leading the prayer and praise team, Rev King transitioned into the role of Worship Leader for Covenant Baptist UCC. Rev. King was also an instructor and taught weekly during the Hour of Power at Covenant (time set aside for biblical study on Sunday morning). Rev. King took over a class of five members in early 2003, and under his leadership the class increased in size from five to an average class attendance on Sunday of thirty-five. In December of 2010, Rev. King - received the privilege of call and ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ, where he desires to carry forth the tradition of diversity, inclusion and radical welcoming supported by the UCC church. Rev. King has earned a Master of Arts from Wesley Theological Seminary, a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Howard University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia State University. While at Howard University, he served as the President of the Graduate School. Rev. King was also involved in organizations that focused on social justice issues. He was in the National Association of Black Social Workers, and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Religious Coalition for the Displaced Population. Rev. King is a graduate of Hopewell High School in Hopewell, VA. Rev. King is the son of Samuel Henry King, who resides in Hopewell, Virginia and the late Helen Marie King Trotter. He has five brothers and one sister, all of whom reside in Virginia. As a commissioned missionary, preacher, accomplished vocalist and child of God, Rev. King is excited about what God is doing in his life. Rev. King is excited about the opportunity to be in relationship with people as their pastor at a place called New Hope, a church in Washington, DC called to be a place where everyone is welcomed at the great banquet table.
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First Trinity Lutheran Church Building, 309 E St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001, United States
Sunday Worship: 2pm-3:30pm