Leadership

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.


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Pastor – Rev. Mia M. McClain

On July 10, 2022, The Riverside Baptist Church called Rev. Mia Michelle McClain to be its Senior Pastor. Rev. McClain is the first African American and first woman to serve as Senior Pastor at Riverside Baptist and began her tenure on September 1, 2022. 

Prior to Riverside, Rev. McClain served as the Associate Minister of Faith Formation and Outreach at the Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she is the first African-American in the history of Myers Park to be called to serve on its senior staff. Rev. McClain is a licensed Baptist minister (First Corinthian Baptist Church) and is ordained in the United Church of Christ (Fort Washington Collegiate Church). She is active with the Alliance of Baptists, the United Church of Christ, and The United Church of Canada on special projects on the national level. 

A native of New Orleans, Mia danced her way onto the stage at two years old and began her love affair with music shortly after, studying classical piano, voice, and violin. She went on to graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre and pursued a career in the performing arts that took her to many stages around the US. A proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association, Mia has appeared in Hairspray, Ain’t Misbehavin’, All Shook Up, Sistas: The Musical, and more. 

Mia is a published songwriter, arranger, composer, and member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). In addition to producing personal projects, she has written and produced for artists, groups, and churches, including jazz-pop singer Lori Pasqualino, The United Church of Christ, and Groovestand A Cappella.

Mia holds a degree from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts where she explored the intersection of performance arts and black identity politics. Her thesis presentation was an original one-woman interactive performance piece entitled Color Me. She is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with a Master of Divinity degree where she concentrated on homiletics and psychology. While at Union, she was active in the Black Women’s Caucus and was the recipient of the Jonathan Kneeland Preaching Fellowship and the Karen Ziegler Feminist Preaching Prize.

She is the recipient of the Innovation Grant (2021), awarded by the Foundations of Christian Leadership program at Duke Divinity School, which enabled research and production around decolonizing liturgical practice and space, and she launched a 4-week course entitled Decolonizing Liturgy. 

Rev. Mia is mom to 1 dog, a fluffy black poodle named Harry. She enjoys cooking, composing music, and taking long walks around the District.

pastor@riversidedc.org

Deacon Board

The Deacon Board oversees the spiritual and pastoral care of the congregation, shepherding its ministries. Our current chair of deacons is Deacon Cheryl Parham.

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 chair of trustees is Trustee Luke Wassum.

Office Administrator

Sarah Fairbrother
202-554-4330
RSBC@riversidedc.org

Outreach & Missions Coordinator

Jonathan J. Holley
outreach@riversidedc.org

Choir Director

Lauren White
music@riversidedc.org