2020 Church Theme
Perfecting and Re-aligning with GOD’S Vision
Mark 8:22-26
The Disciple’s Daily Profession!

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ! I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me! I have the power and authority over all the power of the enemy! I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, in Jesus's name, Amen!

Discipleship Team

Discipleship Director

Elder Nathan Mizzell

Education & Training

Contact: Sister Roxanne McDowell, Ministry Leader

The Bible Bowl Team is a group of young people ages 6 – 18 that engages in an in-depth study of the Word of God. The team participates in Bible quizzes and competes annually at the Eastern Diocese Youth Conference and the COCHUSA National Convention.

Contact: Reverend Denise Mills, Ministry Leader

Children’s Church teaches God’s – chronology, doctrines, commandments, precepts – thus enabling God to shape the hearts and minds of children to become faithful disciples and develop personal relationships with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Contact: bibleinstitute@firstchurchwash.org

The First Church Bible Institute is the Christian Education arm of First Church of Christ. The courses offered are structured to guide participants through an in-depth study of the word of God; thereby supporting members in maturing into faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. The Institute’s Courses include New Disciples Training and The Master Life Discipleship Training. In addition to the course offerings, The First Church Bible Institute also offers Workshops, seminars, and retreats.

Contact: Minister Tracey Cherry Cleveland

The Master Life Discipleship course utilizes a sequential, developmental process which helps Christians become deeply grounded in biblical doctrine; and grow into mature disciples of Jesus Christ. The course consists of four six-week studies which involve daily workbook assignments as well as weekly group meetings for accountability. Currently, the course begins three times a year: September, January, and March.

According to the author, Avery T. Willis Jr., “Christian discipleship is developing a personal, lifelong, obedient relationship with Jesus Christ in which He transforms your character into Christlikeness, changes your values into Kingdom values, and involves you in His mission in the home, the church, and the world.” The program consists of four six-week studies which involve daily workbook assignments as well as weekly group meetings for accountability. The major components of Master Life involve developing the following six biblical disciplines:

(1) Spending Time with the Master, (2) Living in the Word, (3) Praying in Faith, (4) Fellowshipping with Believers, (5) Witnessing to the World, and (6) Ministering to Others. The foundational scripture for the Master Life Course is Luke 9:23: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow me.” Master Life course begins three times each year: September, January and March.

Contact: Missionary Vonn Jones, Ministry Leader

The New Disciples Orientation Class assist new members with the church’s DNA. The class is designed to inform new members of First Church Christian Doctrines by providing them with an understanding of the core values, mission, structure, and vision of First Church. We convey what you can expect from us and what we expect from you. We share the heart of our Pastor, which is “making, maturing and multiplying disciples for Christ.”


Pearl Clark Scholarship

The Pearl Clark Scholarship Fund provides financial resources and encouragement to eligible college-bound high school students, and returning undergraduates. The mission of the Pearl Clark Scholarship Fund is to foster academic and spiritual growth in Christ. Over the past 34 years, monetary gifts were granted to over 200 students.

Learn more about this scholarship.

Edna Dancil Scholarship

Established in 2015, this scholarship honors the memory of Edna Douglas Dancil, a staunch disciple of Jesus Christ who believed in sacrificial giving. The scholarship reflects the ongoing commitment to the education of young people and service to the community.

Learn more about this scholarship.

Benjamin Black Scholarship

The Benjamin Black Scholarship was established in 2016. It honors the memory of Deacon Benjamin , who supported the vision of the church to build Faithful Disciples. The scholarship issues yearly grants to eligible applicants wishing to enroll in the Master Life Course.

Learn more about this scholarship.

Contact: Brother Solomon Palmer

Sunday School promotes spiritual growth in the body of Jesus Christ by providing participants an opportunity to engage in Bible study in a less formal atmosphere than Sunday services. We encourage active participation as all lessons are designed to be practical, relevant, and engaging. In-depth discussions reinforce ideas or misconceptions and can serve as a blessing to others.

Contact: Minister Kenneth Holley-Brinkley, Ministry Leader

It’s energized and over the top! Relevant and spiritually edifying! Youth and Young Adults engage in discussions directly from the headlines of today and make personal connections to their own lives as well as to the world around them. Learn to use the word of God to navigate life and stay in Christ!