Ministers & Staff

We are privileged to have the following servants devotedly working in our church to the glory of God and for the edification of our congregation.

Pastor Michael Bledsoe, Ph.D


* pastor.bledsoe@gmail.com

Pastor Bledsoe

Pastor Michael Bledsoe has been our pastor for twenty-six years, having arrived in February 1992.  For twenty years he has been recurring Adjunct Professor at Howard University School of Divinity where he has taught introductions to World Religions, Church History and Philosophy of Religion.  

Ordained in the American Baptist Churches, USA, Pastor Bledsoe brings a wealth of ministry experience to our urban, blended and progressive church.  Besides listening to U2, Dr. Bledsoe has recently become a bird watcher.  You can find his sermon, And Abram Journeyed On, in the Harper & Row Best Sermons 3.  He has recently published his first novel, Rooster’s Table, for iBooks.  We hope you will come and listen to him in person on Sunday mornings.

Office Administrator/Secretary 202.554.4330 *     sarah fairbrother, interim  RSBC@Riverside-DC.org

Lauren white

Directing the Choir * lvwhite03@gmail.com>

Lauren grew up at Riverside Church and listened to her parents, Freda and Jack, serenading our congregation. It is no surprise she is a singer in her own right. Our Rogers Trillium organ was renovated ten years ago and while we are currently without an organist, it plays itself for preludes, offertories and postludes.

Rev. Roland Weah, Associate Minister for International Outreach

* weah796@yahoo.com

Coming Soon!


Deacon Board

The Deacon Board  oversees the spiritual and pastoral care of the congregation, shepherding its ministries. Our current chairperson is Deacon Jacquelyn McCullough.

Trustee Board

The Trustee Board oversees the facility and finances of the church, exercising a stewardship that perpetuates our church into the future.  Our current chairman is Trustee Luke Wassum.