• Following to Lead, Leading to Serve
  • Appointed servants of the church
  • We Need More Shepherds
Greetings to the Servants of Jesus Christ

Dear Christian Brothers and Sisters working in the service role as Deacons/Deaconess, I bid you greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I want to take this opportunity first to say how pleased I am to assume the ranks as President of the General Baptist Deacon’s Association of Washington DC and Vicinity and Its Auxiliaries. I cannot tell you the joy I feel at the opportunity to serve such a historic and prestigious organization that has worked to train and equip church officers for over 100 years.

The times we now face as we sit under the umbrella of a global pandemic, uncertainty in the economy, confusion all around, social division, and racial unrest, we must remind ourselves that God is still in control. My goals for GBDA are fundamental to our creed of service before self. We will work in all phases of the Association to strengthening Deacons, promote the role of Deaconess in the Women’s Auxiliary, train our youth and build our Youth Department, and support the goals and missions of our Young Adult Department.

I look forward to reaching out across the DMV region to discuss the work and support the GBDA does and will do moving forward, and prayerfully you will decide to lend your talents, expertise, and support to our area mission. I am always available to discuss the work of the Association with you and to share the outreach efforts the GBDA plays in working with local Diaconates to promote spiritual harmony, training, restoration, counseling, activity support, ordination assistance, and community fellowship. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding the efforts and support we can coordinate together. You can either email me at JMILLS3335@YAHOO.COM or telephonically at 202-281-4827.

Again, along with my wife-- Dr. Esther Mills, we are so proud of our Association, and we look forward to speaking with you and sharing our goals with you moving forward. Please think of GBDA when you have your church functions, programs, and activities. We are only a phone call away.

Humbled and blessed,

Deacon John E. Mills
President - General Baptist Deacons Association

Area Announcements
GBDA becomes 501(c)(3) Nonprofit GBDA becomes 501(c)(3) Nonprofit

We are pleased to report that the General Baptist Deacons Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization that strives to assist various charitable organizations throughout the Washington DC, Southern Maryland, and Northern Virginia regions.

If you desire to donate the GBDA, we welcome you to contact us at GBDAWDC1919@Comcast.net or telephonically at 703-408-7974, and we will be happy to assist you. Our service organizations strive to help the church officers via training, support materials, fellowship, regeneration, and spiritual enrichment. Although we cannot physically contact you at this time due to the virus's restrictions, we are available to conduct virtual workshops/meetings via Zoom if your church desires.

Please stay tuned to this site as we will post our upcoming activities when the medical professionals and elected leaders give the all-clear to resume normal operations. God bless you all and take care of yourselves and your families.  

Annual Testimonial Banquet - October 23Annual Testimonial Banquet - October 23

Each year two outstanding members of our Association are selected to be honorees at our Testimonial Banquet.  This year, Deacon Parrish Rembert, Sr. from First Baptist Church, NW DC and Deaconess Dorothy Sanders from The Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, SE DC have been chosen.  We invite you to join us as we celebrate these great leaders!

Annual Testimonial Banquet Saturday, October 23, 2021

at 1:00 pm

being held via Zoom




Also, you can pay for advertisement in our Souvenir Journal by selecting the TESTIMOINAL AD, SPONSOR, or PATRON folder, then EMAIL your ad, Sponsor’s name, or Patron’s name to barbarakelley3@aol.com

Donations are as follows:

Full Page Ad $100.00 Patron $10.00
Half Page Ad $50.00 Sponsor $20.00
1/4 Page Ad $25.00 *Front/Back Inside Cover $150.00
    *Back Outside COver $200.00


The deadline for Ads:  SEPTEMBER 4, 2021.

The deadline for Registration:  SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

*Please email Deaconess Barbara Kelley first at  barbarakelley3@aol.com  for availability before selecting cover ads.

Any questions, please call:
Deaconess Barbara Dryden Stanard, Banquet Chair (301)439-9144
Deaconess Ann Gilliard, Banquet Co-Chair (301) 350-5879

Meet Our Member Churches

View a list of the members of the DMV General Baptist Deacon's Assocation by clicking here.

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Membership Eligibility

Ordained Deacons, Deaconess, Christian Women, Young Adults, Youth, in good standing in their respective church, recommended by a member of the Association may apply for membership.

Applicants from other denominations must abide by the Constitution and By-Laws of the Association, and are restricted from holding certain offices in the Association

Applicants must pay a joining fee of $10.00 and annual dues:

  • Parent body: $48.00
  • Women's Auxiliary: $36.00
  • Young Adult: $24.00
  • Youth: $12.00

Click here to download a copy of the membership application.


Parent Body Monthly Meetings:

  • Third Monday of each month at 7:00 PM, Mt. Moriah Baptist 1636 East Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20003
  • Second Monday at 7:00 PM during the months of January, February and July.
  • No meetings in the month of August

Executive Board Meetings:

  • Second Saturday at 4:00 PM, March, June, September and December, at First Rising Mt Zion Baptist Church, 601 N St, NW, Washington, DC.

Young Adult/Youth Department Meetings:

  • Second Saturday of each month (except August) at 11:00 AM at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 1625 13th Street., NW, Washington, DC.

If you have any general questions about the General Baptist Deacons Association or need more information, please e-mail us at info@dmvgenbapdeacons.org.