Rev. Dr. Joseph D. Turner, Pastor - Worship Services: Every Sunday, 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

2616 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE | Washington, DC 20020


Pastoral Vacancy Announcement

This vacancy position is currently closed.

Position: Full-Time Senior Pastor

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church is a multi-generational congregation, comprised of over 700 members, located in the Anacostia community of SE, Washington, DC. We are seeking a full-time Senior Pastor called by God in accordance with Jeremiah 3:15, 1 Corinthians 15:58, and Colossians 1:25 who will a) be the spiritual leader of the congregation in accordance with Acts 20:28, b) preach and teach the Holy Bible in accordance with 2 Timothy 2:2; 4:1-2, c) effectively evangelize the community in accordance with Matthew 28:18-20, and d) equip the congregants to become disciples of Jesus Christ in accordance with 1 Peter 5:1-8. The Senior Pastor will be accountable to God and the church to proclaim the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to teach the Holy Bible, to provide Christian leadership in all areas of the church, and to engage in pastoral care for the congregation. We are seeking a Senior Pastor whose character conforms to the biblical mandate as recorded in 1 Timothy 3:1-7; 4:6, 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Titus 1:5-9, and Ephesians 4:1-32.

•   Qualifications and Responsibilities 

•   Application Package 

•   Application Checklist  

Qualifications and Responsibilities


 We desire the following qualifications from our prospective Pastor:

•  Must be an ordained minister of the Christian faith in accordance with Baptist Doctrine

•  Must be a graduate of an accredited bible college or seminary with a Master’s Degree plus post graduate biblical studies

•  Must have a clear understanding of the 18 Articles of Faith

•  Be an effective communicator (orally and written)

•  Must demonstrate the ability to teach sound doctrine and preach effectively from the Holy Bible (personal, relational, engaging, and textual)

•  Must give priority to discipleship and spiritual development

•  Must be able to plan and conduct worship services

•  Must be an effective leader with managerial and administrative experience


•  The Pastor is an ex-officio of all church ministries/committees

•  Presides over worship services, Holy Communion, baptism, funerals, weddings, and baby dedications

•  Responsible for visiting members who are sick and shut-in

•  Conduct pastoral counseling, as well as keep congregants’ information in strict confidence

•  Responsible for mentoring, coaching, and training ministers and appointed leaders

•  Lead and teach Bible studies, classes, and seminars

•  Moderate church business meetings 

•  Provide spiritual guidance in planning, organizing, and coordinating ministry events

•  Represent the church at Christian conferences, associations, denominational, and ecumenical meetings

•  Represent the church in community outreach

Application Package

Application package must be postmarked by Friday, June 30, 2017. 

All interested persons must submit a complete application consisting of the following information: 

(1)  Cover letter
(2)  Current resume
(3)  Copies of degrees from accredited institution(s)
(4)  Three letters of professional recommendation (Clergy, layperson, and non-relative)
(5)  DVDs/CDs of two different preached sermons within the past 12 months
(6)  5x7 Photo
(7)  A completed and signed application checklist (Click here)

Submission - Submit the application package to the following address:

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church 
Attn: Pulpit Committee
P.O. Box 833
Oxon Hill, MD 20750-0833 

Candidates must be willing to submit to a reference check, a criminal history background check, a drug screening test, a credit history check, and provide their Federal 2016 tax return. 

All information provided will be treated as CONFIDENTIAL.
Application packages will not be returned.

For additional information or questions, please submit your request to the Pulpit Committee by clicking here.

No Phone Calls Please 

Contact Us

Our Location

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

2616 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE,

Washington, DC 20020

Phone. 202-889-3709