Darren W. Phelps, Senior Pastor / Founder

Darren W. Phelps, Senior Pastor / Founder

The Bethel Christian Church-DC was founded by Pastor Darren W. Phelps and five faithful, visionary and committed people on August 2nd, 2008. Pastor Darren gathered people who shared his burden for the hurting, rejected and oppressed of Washington DC and the world. Passionate about ministry and the need to provide a refuge for all people, they prayed for direction and guidance.

After meeting in Pastor Darren’s living room, the identity and mission of the ministry began to take shape. For the next few months, these committed people gathered weekly for Bible studies, ministry training, leadership development, evangelism coordinating, street outreach and prayer. After much prayer and discussion, it was decided to begin a weekly service to be held on the first Saturday in August’08.

The first major challenge was finding a space to accommodate the first worship service. Because of God’s favor, space in the Luther Place Memorial Church, 1226 Vermont Ave. NW DC was secured.   After a few months, Bethel began holding worship celebrations inside the St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW.

In September 2011 Bethel purchased a home at 2217 Minnesota Ave SE Washington DC. October 2011 we held the dedication celebration.

The Bethel Christian Church is a vibrant, active and diverse congregation. We are a community rooted in worship, fellowship, diversity, witness, spiritual development, service and justice. The Bethel Church congregation offers ALL people the opportunity to explore and discover their destiny within the context of a safe and nurturing Christ-centered community. Our Vision” is to see lives transformed and reconciled to Christ”.

Bethel DC is a member of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries where Bishop Yvette Flunder is the presiding prelate. We are a Christian progressive- Radically Inclusive- Pentecostal church. Bethel is a vision- driven church for ALL people, called to speak to this generation. We're a church where people can grow in Christ and become transformed so that they might transform their world

Today Bethel DC holds worship celebrations each Sunday at 11:30 am & Bible Study Wednesday’s at 7:00pm.  For more information contact us at (202) 248.1895 or email secetary@betheldc.org