- Phone: (202) 558-9745
- Mailing Address: 1616 7th St, NW, Washington DC, 20001
"Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare."
- Jeremiah 29:7
Washington, D.C., Spring 2010: A small group of people gathered in Aaron and Amy Graham’s living room in Columbia Heights to dream about what it would look like for a church to “seek the peace of the city” (Jeremiah 29:7) — to exist for the sake of the city and for their neighborhood. We realized that many people move to D.C. to make a difference for the country and for the world, yet the city itself is often overlooked — and people often find themselves without friends or meaningful community. Moreover, the divide between people who moved to D.C. and people who grew up in D.C. — characterized by disparities in social status, education, health — was often ignored.
We felt — and still feel — called to be a church centered on Jesus, and to demonstrate this through our commitment to worship, community, and justice — connecting with God, with one another, and with the poor and the lost.
D.C. is a place of contradictions: it’s one of the most educated cities in the country and yet has some of the lowest performing public schools; it's the capital of the richest country in human history and yet has one of the highest poverty rates. We knew that these contradictions were not reflective of the kind of kingdom God desired to see lived out in our city.
Together, we discerned that God was calling us to plant The District Church (TDC), a Christ-centered, neighbor-loving, justice-seeking community for transplants, natives, and beyond, walking alongside those who are on the outskirts of society in particular.
Since we started meeting in 2010, we’ve seen our community grow in ways we could never have imagined. In 2013, we launched a second parish off of H Street NE, a mile east of the Capitol — which we call our East Side parish; this community also began with a small group of people in a living room who felt led to impact their neighborhood with the gospel. Around the same time, we started an initiative called DC127, whose mission is to unite the churches in D.C. to reverse the adoption and foster care waitlists, so that there are no longer children waiting for families but rather families waiting for children.
The other thing you should know about us is that we are a church of small groups, with over 40 small groups — at our last count — that meet weekly throughout the city for Bible study and fellowship. Small groups are the heart of our church, where discipleship, community, and mission are able to flourish.
We have been humbled to see the way God has been at work over the last several years and we would love to invite you to be part of our church community to help us write the next chapter of our story!