Capitol Hill Baptist Church

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Capitol Hill Baptist Church
Capitol Hill Baptist Church.jpg
Location Washington, D.C.
Denomination Southern Baptist Convention
Former name(s) Metropolitan Baptist Church
Founded 1878
Senior pastor(s) Mark Dever

Capitol Hill Baptist Church is a Baptist church located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., six blocks from the United States Capitol. Mark Dever serves as the senior pastor of the church. It was founded in 1878[1] and was originally named Metropolitan Baptist Church, after the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London.[2]

CHBC is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention,[3] and has been described as the "epicenter of the new Calvinism". The average age of its members is 31.[2]

CHBC emphasizes the need for a regenerate church membership, and has implemented a church covenant to that end.[4][5]

Although conservative, Capitol Hill Baptist Church supports the practice of having female deacons.[6][7]


  1. ^ Newton, Phil A. Elders in Congregational Life. Kregel Academic. p. 12. ISBN 9780825494789. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b George, Timothy (2 May 2016). "Puritans on the Potomac". First Things. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "SBC Church Search". SBC website. Southern Baptist Convention. 
  4. ^ Hammett, John S. (2007). "Regenerate Church Membership". Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches. Kregel Academic. p. 35. ISBN 9780825497575. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Capitol Hill Baptist Church Covenant Archived October 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ White, Thomas (2010). "The Offices and Women: Can Women Be Pastors? or Deacons?". Upon This Rock: A Baptist Understanding of the Church. B&H Publishing Group. p. 188. ISBN 9781433672989. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Deacons & Deaconesses Archived October 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.

Further reading[edit]

  • White, James R. (1977). A Living Legacy: A History of the Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Capitol Hill Baptist Church. 

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Coordinates: 38°53′27″N 76°59′56″W / 38.8907°N 76.9989°W / 38.8907; -76.9989