On October 19, 1980, the membership celebrated a newly built edifice, constructed during the tenure of Reverend Rossie L. Patterson, with a service of reentry and dedication. A service of Thanksgiving and the Laying of the Cornerstone was held on Saturday, September 12, 1981. We were blessed to burn the mortgage on Sunday, November 2, 1986.
Mount Carmel has had ten pastors during its rich history. The four pastors who served as
undershepherds from 1876 to 1892 were Reverend J. W. Rhone, Reverend H. Plummer, Reverend S. G. Lampkins, and Reverend G. Gray. The fifth pastor, Reverend Dr. William P. Gibbons, served 20 years from 1892 to 1912. Reverend Dr. William H. Jernigan became the sixth pastor in 1912, guiding the church with distinction for 46 years. His accomplishments were numerous, including the founding of several institutions, one of which was the Washington Baptist Seminary.
Our ninth pastor, Reverend Dr. Albert A. Avant, Jr., served from May 1996 until his death in July 2000. He was installed on Sunday, September 2, 1996.
During Reverend Avant’s pastorate, the church was reconstructed into six ministries and departments. In 1997, three members were licensed to preach the gospel of Christ: Ministers Sharon L. Avant, Gloria Bland, and Keith L. Magee. Minister Laverne M. Hicks was licensed to preach in 1998, and Minister Sharon L. Avant was ordained.
On June 1, 2001, Reverend Dr. Joseph N. Evans was selected as the tenth pastor of Mount Carmel. He began his ministry at Mount Carmel on September 9, 2001 and was formally installed on Sunday, November 4, 2001. During Reverend Evans’s leadership, Mount Carmel adopted the 20 percent solution: a five-year plan designed to increase the holistic life of the church by 20 percent in every flexible area. Thanks to God, Mount Carmel has experienced growth in several aspects. The annual budget has stabilized. A website was developed (www.themcbc.org) and new ministries added, to include the Joshua Generation for Young Adults, Mentors for New Members, and Celebrate Recovery®, a Christ-centered recovery program. Also, Reverend Marquez D. Ball, Minster for Youth and Young Adults, was added to the ministerial staff. Reverend Evans, a Chaplain in the Army National Guard, was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on 2006 and returned from that period of military service in March 2007. In his absence, we were blessed to have Reverend Clary L. Brown serve as pulpit supply. The Lord blessed Mount Carmel to enter into an economic development partnership with Quadrangle and The Wilkes Company. Together they have acquired prime real estate in the general community valued at more than 7 million dollars. This vibrant partnership plans to construct a private non-profit offices, parking and residential units. The project will exceed 21 million dollars and serves as an economic model for the revitalization of downtown Washington, DC.
After December 31, 2016, Reverend Evans departed Mount Carmel to fulfill his new calling as dean of the Morehouse School of Religion in Atlanta, Georgia. Currently, we are guided by our Interim Pastor Reverend Gerald H. Hesson, our Board of Senior Deacons and our ministerial assistants — Reverend Dr. James D. Ross, Minister Millicent Tetteh-Martey, Reverend RoShawne B. Harrod, and Minister Curtis Galloway.
Mount Carmel now has six departments—Spiritual Life, Christian Education, Missions, Music, Administration
Mount Carmel continues its course in the faith that “…No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.”