Thabiti Anyabwile.

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.

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Tim Ballard.

Tim Ballard


Tim was born and raised in Philadelphia. His favorite word in the English language is “grateful.” Tim is grateful for having been born to Christian parents that introduced him to Jesus at a very early age. He is grateful to God for saving him when he knows he is not worthy of God’s grace and mercy. Tim is grateful to his wife Moira for loving him unconditionally… and the list goes on. Tim has been a part of ARC from its first service and is now one of the pastors. Tim and Moira currently live in Maryland with their four children.

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Babatunde Olusesi.

Babatunde Olusesi


Babatunde was born and raised a Muslim in Nigeria. He became a Christian at a meeting of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (FGBMFI) in Ibadan, Nigeria three months after Gbemi, his wife (then girlfriend) had become a Christian. He immediately found a church, attended new members’ class and was baptized. He got married to Gbemi about a year and a half after the Lord called them to be his own. Babatunde then moved to the United States and continued in the faith attending several churches. Years after Gbemi joined Babatunde in the US, the Lord led them to ARC in 2017 and they have since been fully involved in the life of the church. Babatunde is especially grateful that the Lord pulled him from the crescent to the cross and is amazed and awed by this undeserved grace and mercy of God.

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Dennis Washington.

Dennis Washington

Global mission pastor

Dennis Washington is a native New Yorker, born in Harlem, and raised in the Bronx. He is a veteran in the United States Air Force where he served honorably. While in the Military, through various circumstances the LORD began to draw Dennis to Himself and by God’s grace saved him from a life of sin. Early on in his Christian walk, he sensed a call to serve the Lord in international missions. Since then, he and his family have served in various cross-cultural capacities, including: campus ministry with international students, mobilizing for Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, and steering committee member for the National African American Mission Conference. Dennis is happily married to his childhood sweetheart, Tarsha Washington, and they have four children together: D’mani, D’naja, Joshua, and Jonathan.

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Ashley Davenport.

Ashley Davenport

Neighborhood outreach director

Ashley Davenport serves as the Neighbor Outreach Director at Anacostia River Church. She was born in Springfield, MO, but has since called Topeka, KS, Memphis, TN, and now Washington, D.C. home. Although she was not raised in a Christian home, God always placed people in her life to teach her about Him. She came to faith at 10 years old at a church camp. Coming to faith as a child from an unbelieving family has helped shape her heart for evangelism for both children and adults. Since college she has held ministerial outreach jobs serving predominantly black and brown communities (Kids Across America, Memphis Athletic Ministries, Neighborhood Christian Center and Young Life) and is passionate about people knowing the love of God, the peace of His fellowship, and the power of His truth. She is excited to see God use the local church to build relationships with the neighbors in Anacostia for His glory.

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Abby Tseggai Robinson.

Abby Tseggai


Abby is a first-generation Eritrean-American born and raised in Northern Virginia. She studied criminal justice and sociology at Old Dominion University, with a desire to understand people deeper from all walks of life. She loves to see how God activates His children and how He brings different people together to form community. She became a member of ARC in early 2017 and was delighted to join the church staff in March 2018.

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Deacons & Deaconesses

Hanna Baker.

Hanna Baker


Although DC is her home now, Hanna grew up in the Bahamas, where she came to faith as a middle schooler. Service has always been a way of life for her, she started out selling dolls in the Bahamian Straw Market at age 6. In addition to serving the ARC family as Deaconess of Congregational Care she serves our neighborhood as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and the District of Columbia in the Executive Office of the Mayor. She is a proud graduate of the University of Central Florida, a lover of Christian hip- hop and the favorite aunt to 9 nephews and 7 nieces.

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Dawn Covin.

Dawn Covin


Philadelphia born, North Carolina raised, and Southeast DC planted is how Dawn describes where she is from. Her father was in the military during her formative years and her family moved around quite a bit before settling in North Carolina. After attending college and graduate school, Dawn started a professional career as a consultant and moved to DC, which she refers to as her favorite city. Dawn and her husband Michael have been married for over 20 years and have 4 amazing daughters. They are a homeschooling family and she is passionate about supporting mothers and women with a “heart for home” to create flexible, work-life integration through entrepreneurship and God’s grace. Dawn is humbled and blessed to call ARC home. She and her husband visited one time and never left. She prays that all members know that they are loved by God the Father and cared for in practical ways by their generous and loving ARC church family.

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Durce Johnson

Durce Johnson

Deacon of men's ministry

Durce was born and raised in south central New Jersey. Following an early life of poor choices and worse results, he responded to what he believed was God’s call and accepted Christ at an early age, but walked away from Christ soon thereafter. In 1984, he moved to DC, where he joined a Baptist church, rededicated his life to Christ and has not looked back. About seven years later, he met his beautiful wife, Jacqueline. In 1993, Durce and Jacqueline married and moved to Rock Hill, SC and lived there for three years. Over the years, they have been active members of several Baptist churches (1 in SC and 2 in DC, to be exact). They  were led to ARC in 2016 and became members in 2018. Durce and Jacqueline have been blessed beyond measure by the teaching, preaching, ministries, and relationships at ARC! Durce thanks God for ARC’s leadership and his church family. God has been faithful, graceful, and merciful to him. Durce feels he’s truly a beneficiary of Christ’s sacrifice and is committed to sharing about it! Durce and Jacqueline have three adult children and five grandchildren.

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Joanne Skerrett.

Joanne Skerrett


Joanne has lived in the D.C. area since 2011. She is originally from the Eastern Caribbean island of Dominica and moved to Boston with her family in the 1980s. She is grateful to have been a part of ARC since 2017 and now to serve as Deaconess of Finance. She considers it a blessing to experience the love and fellowship at ARC and to hear the good news preached faithfully in Southeast. Joanne enjoys nature, reading and listening to endless hours of CCM and Gospel music. She constantly is amazed by God’s freely-given grace to all who believe.

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Jennifer Zamchiya.

Jennifer Zamchiya


Though born on the West Coast in Palo Alto, California, Jennifer has lived on the East Coast for most of her life. Her family moved to a friendly neighborhood in southeast D.C. when she was an infant and she grew up in the suburbs of Maryland. After completing her undergraduate degree in English at a Maryland university, Jennifer worked in public relations for the government and accepted Christ’s salvation through the witness of her co-workers. She then went on to work for a Christian non-profit on Capitol Hill. While working in D.C., Jennifer also studied at a D.C. university and obtained a second degree in the journalism field. She met Mubuso, her husband of 18 years, at a church on Capitol Hill shortly after that. They now parent 3 young men who aim to show Christ’s kindness to everyone they meet. Because of her close ties to the District of Columbia and the people in it, Jennifer is pleased to serve in a role that allows her to help make both church members and guests feel welcome and at home when they come to ARC for worship.

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