The church elected Reverend Christopher L. Nichols as Interim Pastor on July 1, 2016 to serve as the spiritual leader of Emmanuel until a pastor was called. While serving as Interim Pastor, Reverend Nichols executed a vision to Emmanuel that the work of the church would not falter during the pastoral search process.
Reverend Nichols brought forth the theme: “Moving Faith Forward,” 1 Corinthians 15:58. Each Sunday we are exhorted to be “intentional with our witness”, always demonstrating God’s love. On Tuesday evenings during the summer months, groups of EBC congregants go out, walking the streets before prayer service to witness in the community and local neighborhood shopping centers. During the month of August, Sunday worship services are held outside under a tent in order to take the Word outside the four walls ending with a fellowship meal with our neighbors.
On October 12, 2017, Emmanuel extended the call to Reverend Christopher L. Nichols to become its fifth pastor. Reverend Nichols accepted and was formally installed on Sunday, December 10, 2017. Reverend Welton Fields, Jr., pastor of Southern Friendship Baptist Church, preached the installation sermon and Paso Emeritus Rev. Dr. Clinton W. Austin resided over the Act of Installation. An installation banquet followed on Friday, December 15, 2017 in the banquet hall of First Baptist Church of Highland Park.
Pastor Nichols assumed the role of pastor with great exuberance. Emmanuel continues to grow and be a church with a true vision for this age. The third Sunday of each month is now known as “Unity Sunday” where we come together as one body and break bread together. We now broadcast our services live on facebook and youtube.
Our noon day worship on Wednesday (LIT) grows in attendance each week and our disciples are spiritually nourished and a boxed lunch is served. “Meals on Wheels” was implemented and our sick and shu-in receive delicious meals twice a month. Our community outreach efforts have grown tremendously.
Terry Gould is President of Ainger Place Development Corporation. Terry is leading APDC's community development efforts. He is dedicated to providing construction management and consulting services for affordable housing in the wards 7 and 8 of Washington, D.C. Terry has extensive experience with Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Multifamily Housing Program (MHP), Supportive Housing Programs, Project-based Section 8 Vouchers, Federal Home Loan Bank, along with other federal, state and local funding sources. Terry is managing the completion of a 72 unit affordable housing development in ward 8 of Washington, D.C., in partnership with Emmanuel Baptist Church, Michaels Development and Bozzuto Builders. There is no slowing down in sight for Terry who plans on partnering with local developers, builders, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, CDC's and government agencies to take on new projects to rebuild our greater DC communities.
Terry has served as a licensed Real Estate Sales Specialist [DC, MD]. He is currently a candidate for Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at Columbia Union College.
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