Welcoming Outreach


Welcome to Riverside Baptist Church! We are so happy you stopped by!

Riverside is an inclusive congregation; we draw the circle of redemption as large as we can. We do not believe we are a white church, a black church, a male church, a female church, a heterosexual church or a homosexual church. We want to be the church of Jesus Christ, where all people find refuge and acceptance. Recognizing this world is often filled with isolation and judgement, we seek to be a safe harbor for those who love Christ and for those who are simply curious about God. We believe in the power of the Gospel to erase barriers and make us one people. To that vision we are abidingly committed. God is love and God’s love is for everyone!

Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists
Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a congregation, we are affiliated with the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB). Our members volunteer for AWAB, provide outreach to our southwest D.C. community, and support the LGBTQIA community at large through participation in Queer Christian Fellowship (formerly known as the Gay Christian Network) and Capital Pride Alliance, just to name a few.

To learn more about the inclusive nature of our church, I invite you to listen to some of Pastor Bledsoe’s previous sermons, which are located on the Sermons page on our website.

We stand with Calvary Baptist Church D.C.

As some of you are aware, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has for the past several months pressured the D.C. Baptist Convention (DCBC) to throw out Calvary Baptist for its having called as pastor a gay married couple. Thankfully, and to the great credit of Dr. Cochran of the DCBC, our regional convention has stood up to the bullies and homophobes of the SBC.  Let’s pray and continue to encourage inclusion in our neighborhoods and in our church community. For those who would like to learn more, here is a link to the statement:
May the God of inclusion who has broken down the dividing wall of hostility fill us with courage to be Christ’s church in this mad world.


Do we support marriage equality?

Yes, of course we do! I’m so glad you asked! In truth, we support all of our congregation, regardless of age, race, identity, or family/marital status. We seek to connect in ways that focus on our similarities, not our differences.  We are a safe haven, a place where you can bring your most-authentic self, without fear of retribution or ridicule. No matter where you are on your life’s journey; whether cis-gender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or questioning, we invite you to explore your faith with us. At Riverside, we have a heart for people, all people. We care about you, and we want you to feel at home here.

Please join us on Sunday at 10am for worship and fellowship at our new church home at 7th and I St., SW (directly across from the Maine Avenue Waterfront).

There’s something here for everyone. Won’t you come and see for yourself?


Laurel Eierman, Deacon

Feel free to contact me at welcometoriversidedc@gmail.com