Peace Fellowship was founded in 2002 in the home of its founding Pastor, Dr. Dennis Edwards. Pastor Edwards felt called to start a church East of the Anacostia River that would walk alongside neighbors and guide people towards faith in Jesus Christ. As an African American, he expected this new endeavor to appeal primarily to people of his same race and background, but was surprised by what God had in store: a diverse congregation racially, theologically, and socio-economically from its very beginning.
The church outgrew its first home and moved to the Kenilworth-Parkside Recreation Center and eventually to the Veterans of Foreign Wars building on Kenilworth Ave. During these years, the church continued to grow in its diversity while attempting to maintain a commitment to relevant ministry grounded in the African American culture of the community surrounding it. In 2010, Peace Fellowship moved to its current location, a permanent, dedicated building, formerly a funeral home on Hunt Pl. From a place of death a new place of life birthed.
In 2012, Pastor Edwards accepted a call to pastor a congregation in Minneapolis, MN. Interim pastor Peter Chin guided the church for two years through some challenging transitions, and yet the church continued to grow. Local and national news showed interest in racially diverse congregation with a Korean-American pastor in a largely African American community. Features in The Washington Post, on NPR, and CBS Morning gave the church unexpected publicity and challenged us to consider more deeply the complexities of our diversity, both gifts and obstacles.
In August 2016, we began a new partnership with IDEA Public Charter School. Our Sunday worship services now meet in the Cafeteria, while we use a classroom for office and meeting space during the week. A renewed vision towards engagement with the community has taken hold in our congregation as we consider our role in joining with the work of God’s kingdom already taking place in Deanwood.