Anacostia River Church

About Us

  • Our Mission

    "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
    - Matthew 28:19-20


    Anacostia River Church exists to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ from the four corners of the block to the four corners of the globe.

  • Statements of Faith

    The following are statements of faith with which Anacostia River Church would be in general agreement. We understand these statements to be in general agreement with one another, differing mainly in the amount of detail offered:

    The New Hampshire Statement of Faith Read More

    The Baptist Faith and Message 2000 Read More

    The Second London Baptist Confession Read More

    The Gospel Coalition Confessional Statement  Read More

  • Why Anacostia

  • Why Plant East of the Anacostia River?

    We believe it's important to plant new churches East of the River for three major reasons:

    Evangelistic Growth. Though a considerable number of churches exist East of the River, nearly 50 percent of residents in the area do not belong to a Protestant Christian church. The area is in need of fresh gospel and evangelistic zeal in order to reach the many people who are not yet Christians. We believe a new church would not be in competition with existing churches for members, but in competition with Satan for souls.

    Community Needs. A community cannot be reduced to its challenges and needs. People are not statistics. Yet, the spiritual, physical, social, economic and family needs in the area are real and pressing. We believe a new church would contribute to the relief of the poor, the encouragement of the downcast, the healing of the broken and the salvation and freedom of those captive by sin, through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Church Revitalization. We believe new church plants in the area might be used by the Lord to encourage revitalization and healthy reforms in partner churches. A good number of churches are growing older in average age, declining in membership, and in search of practical support. Revitalization and reform could address leadership development, mission emphasis, gospel preaching and disciple-making.

  • Our Team

  • Thabiti Anyabwile

    Thabiti Anyabwile is one of the pastors for ARC. He has served as an elder and pastor in churches in NC, DC and the Cayman Islands. After a few years as a practicing Muslim, Thabiti was converted under the preaching of the gospel in the Washington DC area. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children. Thabiti is the author of several books, including The Life of God in the Soul of the Church; The Gospel for Muslims; What Is a Healthy Church Member?; The Decline of African-American Theology; and The Faithful Preacher. He blogs regularly at The Front Porch and Pure Church.

  • Matt Schmucker

    Born in Pennsylvania into a large Roman Catholic family (seven sons!), Matt was converted his senior year at the University of Maryland where he graduated with a business degree. By day Matt works for a Christian non-profit and has lived in the city with his wife, Eli, and their five kids for the past 25 years. Matt serves as a pastor of ARC.

  • Jeremy McClain

    Jeremy was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Howard University in 2007. Three years after graduating from Howard University, he began to search for ways to serve under-resourced and at-risk communities with the gospel and so began a career with Daybreak ministries in 2010. It is also during this time that he became a member of the Capitol Hill Baptist Church. In the fall of 2013, he completed the church’s pastoral internship and soon after became a seminary student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. On August 16, 2014 he was married to Tiffany McClain. Jeremy serves as the pastor of Church Planting at ARC.

  • Jahill Richards

    Jahill Richards was born and raised in New Jersey. In 2003, God miraculously saved Jahill and called him out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Pet. 2:9), and immediately after salvation he sensed a call into ministry compelled by the love of Christ and God’s grace. He is happily married to the love of his life, Ka, and they have been blessed with two lovely daughters, Asia and Grace and one son Judah. Jahill serves as the Minister of Missions and Mercy at ARC.

  • Meetings

  • Meetings

    Sunday Services

    Join us for our weekly worship gatherings at Anacostia High School (1601 16th St SE, Washington, DC 20020). All are welcome. Come comfortable and ready to meet with Christ our Savior!

    Morning Worship: 10:00 am

    Upcoming Sermons
    Feb 12 A Call to Prayer: A Prayer for God's Strength ( Eph. 3:14-21)

    Colossians: Our Treasure in Christ
    Feb 19 The Riches in Christ (Colossians)
    Feb 26 A Faithful Church (Col 1:1-8)
    Mar 5 A Praying Church (Col 1:9-14)
    Mar 12 The Supreme Savior (Col 1:15-20)

  • Upcoming Activities

    Weekly Bible Study
    Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
    Topic: Studying through the book of Galatians
    Location: The House DC located at
    1610 17th Street, SE Washington, DC

    Membership Class
    Sunday, February 5th, 12th and 19th at 9 am
    Contact one of the Pastors if you have any questions.

  • Sermons

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  • Contact

  • Contact

    Anacostia River Church
    P.O. Box 10314
    Washington, DC 20020-9994
    Monday - Friday 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

  • What’s happening

    Prayer and Evangelism Walk
    We gather on Saturday mornings for evangelism, prayer walks, and canvassing. All are welcome! For more information, contact Jahill Richards or use the contact form below.

    Church Membership
    To join as a member of ARC, you'll complete the following:
    • Attend the three part membership classes.
    • Once you have completed the three membership classes, please contact one of the pastors to schedule an interview.

    Our next scheduled classes are February 5th, 12th and 19th at 9 AM. If planning to attend, please email Jahill Richards to confirm your space.

    Children's Ministry
    Praying for a bunch of children and families to be part of ARC? We are! This would be a great blessing, but we also need to be prepared for the abundance of children and make sure they are good and safe.

    If you are a member of ARC and would like to serve in childcare or if you are an ARC member seeking to place your child in childcare, please contact Jhonna Turner. If you are a visiting parent seeking to learn more about ARC's Sunday childcare, please contact us via the form below.

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