Deacon is an ecclesiastic role charged with temporal affairs of the church. Deacons were first commissioned in the book of Acts chapter 6:1-6. The Apostles were being weighed down with duties of taking care of widows, orphans and the sick. God had called them to share the gospel of Jesus not wait on tables. So they picked 7 men of good standing, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom. This way the Apostles could go back to spending time in prayer, worship, and evangelism. However, Paul throws the church a curve in Romans 16:1-2 “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a “Deacon” of the church at Cechrae, so that you may welcome her in the Lord as is fitting for the saints and help her in whatever she may require from you, for she has been a benefactor of many and of myself as well.”

Deacon – positional office
a) A deacon (diakoneo) is a servant attendant who waits upon and does the work that must be done for his Lord and the Lord’s people.
b) A deacon (diakonia) offers service at a table to show hospitality and to minister divine things to the people of God.

Mission Statement

As extended arms of the Pastor, we minister to the congregation as his representatives in matters that will further the growth of the individual member and the corporate body. It is our responsibility to attend to the needs of the members of the church, as related to the spiritual and the temporal needs that may arise. As Deacons, we are passionate to develop a more Christ-like congregation and are committed to the standard of ministry proclaimed by the written and preached Word of God.


In 1922 a local land developer donated two lots of the Highland Park community for the purpose of building a church. Reverend Mitchell assisted in the establishment of the church by three deacons: Brother Plater, Thomas Curry, and Edward Grant. In 1950, Deacon James Davis and Mrs. Wiley Lucas came upon property on Sheriff Road while on their way to Upper Marlboro, Maryland to conduct church business. In 1958, Chairman of the Deacon Board, Dennis Colmes purchased the first bus and initiated the printing of the Church Bulletin. We salute the Deacons who paved the way for us, the Broadies, Kemps, Vinsons, Grays, Feltons, and the Williams.

Services and Activities

During 2013, we as a Ministry have begun to include women assisting in serving Communion to the congregation and have ordained an additional 81 men and women to the ministry. We focused on our caring and sharing members’ list, and the New Members Orientation Breakfast. We as a Ministry helped spread the Good News and gave toiletries to men in shelters in Washington D.C. and Prince’s Georges County. We were part of a church-wide team to help the Missionaries serve over 300 families for Thanksgiving and 150 for Christmas.

We as a Ministry gave aid to children whose parents are in prison and the children received gifts for Christmas through a joint partnership with the FBCHP, Angel Tree Program. We were part of a joint program along with the Jr. Missionaries and Ministers to serve food and provide clothes to the homeless in Washington D.C. during the Christmas Holidays. Along with the Evangelism , we went out to a Homeless shelter in S.E.. Washington D.C. giving gifts, singing carols, and telling people that Jesus is the reason for the season. We as a ministry under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Henry P. Davis III, Pastor we have focused more on our youth through our JAM, AWANA, Tutoring program, youth choir and having them participate in Communion Service and the Jr. Missionaries.

Scripture Reference

Acts 6:3
3. Brothers, choose from among you seven men who are respected and who are full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom. We will have them take care of this work.

16:1-2 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a deacon in the church in Cenchrea. Welcome her in the Lord as one who is worthy of honor among God's people. Help her in whatever she needs, for she has been helpful to many, and especially to me.

1 Timothy
3:8-9, 13 In the same way, deacons must be well respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers or dishonest with money. They must be committed to the mystery of the faith now revealed and must live with a clear conscience. Those who do well as deacon will be rewarded with respect from others and will have increased confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus. (NLT)

Staff Members

Larry M. McCormickChairman
Cheryl Crawford1st Vice
Kenneth Smith2nd Vice
Alandrea KnightAssistant Secretary
Caron CraigRecording Secretary
Tawana SchoolerTresurer
Alvin Lowe Sr.Assistant Tresurer
Walden and Patsy WoodsCorresponding Secretaries
Mae DavisChaplin

Diaconate Members

Alexander, JoyceJohnson, Malcolm
Anderson, VirginiaJohnson, Renee
Baskerville, BrendaJones, Phyllis
Baskerville Sr., Earnest Jones, Clementine
Besong, DeatriceKemp, Margaret
Braxton, HarveyKnight, Alandrea
Broadie, OlamaeKnight I, Roger
Brooks, CherylLogan, Cheryl
Brooks, WarrenLogan, Joseph
Brown, NathanLowe Sr., Alvin
Brown, PamelaLowe, Yvonne
Calcote, DorothyManuel, David
Calcote II, DuncanManuel, Eleanor
Carmichael, CarolMcCormick, Joyce
Cartwright Sr., WillieMcCormick, Larry
Cave, ValoreMcKellar, Bessie
Chandler, JoyceMcKellar, Thomas
Clark, LucyMunnelyn, Cheryl
Clark, RonaldMunnelyn, Leslie
Clark, ReginaldNeal, Noline
Clark, PatriciaNeal, Thomas
Clemons, BarbaraNobles, B. Faye
Clemons, JohnNobles, Raymond
Colmes, IrisOliver, Jerry
Craig, CaronOverbey, Jerry
Craig, LarryOverbey, Phyllis
Crawford, CherylPatterson Jr., David
Crawford, RussellPatterson, Robin
Datcher, JeffreyPea, Patricia
Davis, MaePitt, Glorious
Davis, OthaPorter, Deborah
Dozier, CharlottePorter Sr., Franklin
Elliotte, LynnaePowell, Naomi
Elliotte, RobertQueen, Loretta
Epperson, JamesRiller Sr., Rafer
Felder, PercysSchooler, Kyle
Felder, WillieSchooler, Tawana
Felton, DorisSeltzer, Dr. Betty
Flegler, CarolSmalls, Crystal
Flegler, TimothySmalls, Richard
Fountain, MozelleSmith, Kenneth
Graves, JamesThompson, Kamonta
Graves, LestineThompson, Lena
Gray, Della VoncielThompson, Michael
Harper, DellaTunstall, Robin
Harper Sr., LawrenceTyner, Sylvia
Harper, LavonVinson Sr., Robert
Harper, ShirleyWalls, Alter
Harris, LawrenceWalls, Anita
Harrison, EdwardWashington, Gloria
Harrison, FayeWilliams, Lonzena
Henderson, MaryWilliams, Ollie
Hill, VivianWilliams, Ruth
Holland, RolandWilliams, Stanford
Jackson, M. RowenaWilson, Jessie
James, EmmaWilson, Stephen
Johnson, DonaldWoods, Patsy
Johnson, GaryWoods, Walden
Johnson, JonathanYates, James
Johnson, LorettaYates, Rebecca
Young, Lumarion
Alexander, Joyce
McKellar, Bessie
Brown, Nathan 

Ministry Contacts

For information or concerns, please contact Larry M. McCormick via the church Office at (301) 773-6655