OUR CHURCH HISTORY
During the Washington Annual Conference in April 1998, the Reverend Dr. Byron J. Grayson, Sr. had a God-inspired vision to establish a church in the Germantown, Maryland area. He shared the vision with his then Pastor, Reverend Dr. Henry Y. White and Presiding Elder Goodwin Douglas, who gave approval to conduct research in the Germantown area. A series of meetings were held which resulted in a meeting on June 3, 1998 with a number of members from St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Washington, DC, Union Bethel A.M.E. Church, Brandywine, MD, Reverend Grayson and Mrs. Jennifer Grayson. At that meeting, the church’s motto was chosen: “The Family Church for all People, Where Jesus is Lord.”
After several weeks of Bible Study, prayer and praise at the Grayson home, the first St. Jude A.M.E. Church worship service was held on July 26, 1998 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School. This service was attended by many family members, friends, and church members from St. Paul A.M.E. Church
The Grand Opening Service for St. Jude was held on November 1, 1998 at 4:00 p.m. at the Fox Chapel Elementary School. Presiding Elder Douglas was the Worship Leader and Reverend Grayson delivered the preached word. Also participating in the service were a number of clergy from other A.M.E. churches, including Presiding Elder George Manning (then Presiding Elder of the Potomac District) and Reverend Constance Wheeler-Evans (then Pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Washington, DC). The combined choirs of St. Paul rendered the music and the ushers from St. Paul stood as the doorkeepers. There were over 200 ministers, family members and friends in attendance.
Several programs were initiated that first year, the Men’s Thanksgiving Day Prayer Breakfast, Love Feast, the Annual Community Christmas Program and Vacation Bible School. The Senior Choir was also formed and rehearsals were held at the Grayson’s home.
In January 2004, with the Lord guiding the dedicated work of the trustees, St. Jude was blessed to purchase two acres of property in Germantown, Maryland. The “Brink Road” administrative location currently houses the Pastor’s Office and provides meeting space for various church activities and services. In 2005 the Men’s Fellowship Ministry (now known as the Mighty Men of St. Jude) and Men’s Choir (now the King’s Men) were formed. During this time period the Church also purchased a 14-passenger van and began a ministry of transporting members and visitors to/from worship services.
In June 2012, Bishop Adam J. Richardson, Jr. appointed the Reverend Dededrick O. Rivers as the Pastor of St. Jude. Under his leadership, St. Jude expanded its music ministry by employing new musicians and establishing new choirs. Additionally, Reverend Rivers was instrumental in successfully renegotiating the mortgage on the Brink Road property.
In July 2015, Bishop William P. DeVeaux, Sr. appointed the Reverend Anna E. Mosby as the Pastor of St. Jude. Under her leadership the church has embraced the theme “From Visualization to Manifestation,” based on the foundational scripture Habakkuk 2:2-3. She has established several new ministries, including the Security Ministry, God’s Temple Health Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, Children’s Church, Men’s Bible Study, The Purpose Liturgical Dance Ministry, St. Jude Chorale, and Expansion and Relocation Ministry.
St. Jude currently has 20 active ministries to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the church and community. These include the Women’s Missionary Society and the Lay Organization with members involved at the Conference and Episcopal District levels. Active ministries are:
|Capital Campaign Ministry||Christian Education Ministry|
|Church School Ministry||Expansion and Relocation Ministry|
|Golden Years Seniors Ministry||God’s Temple Health Ministry|
|The King’s Men Choir||Lay Organization|
|The Purpose Liturgical Dance Ministry||Married Couples Ministry|
|Media Ministry||Mighty Men of St. Jude Ministry|
|Music Ministry||Security Ministry|
|St. Jude Chorale||Usher Board Ministry|
|Women’s Missionary Society||Women’s Ministry|
|Young Adult Ministry||Youth Ministry|
We are grateful to God for the continued growth of the St. Jude church family, both spiritually and numerically. As we look back over the past years, we can truly see how God has blessed and guided this branch of Zion. We look forward with anticipation and walk by faith as God orders our steps and guides our path. We remain committed to spreading the Gospel message in the Germantown community and beyond.
Reverend Dr. Byron J. Grayson, Sr. (1998 – 2012)
Reverend Dededrick O. Rivers (2012 – 2015)
Reverend Anna E. Mosby (2015 – Present)
TO GOD BE THE GLORY
FOR THE GREAT THINGS GOD CONTINUES TO DO!