Editor’s Note, May 4 at 12:55 p.m.: The date of this event has been corrected to Sunday, May 7 at 11 a.m.
This article was submitted to RestonNow by a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Christian Church. Similar submissions can be sent to [email protected]
All are welcome at Martin Luther King, Jr. Christian Church’s (11400 N. Shore Dr.) celebration service this Sunday, May 7 at 11 a.m.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Christian Church began in February, 1982 by a band of Christians who wanted to have a worship center like the worship homes they had come from as they settled in Reston.
The first service was held in the Southgate Community Room in South Reston. The name of the church was chosen because of the turbulent times its founders had lived through during the Civil Rights movement and the lasting results brought about by Dr. King.
MLK Church met in several locations until 1997, when the church moved into it’s “Phase One” location on North Shore Drive.
The church has thrived at this location, and has performed valuable services in the area such as feeding the residents of Embry Rucker Shelter and working in conjunction with the Reston Community Center to found the Martin Luther King Day Celebration in Reston, which is an annual gospel concert held each year at the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation.
Currently the church offers a mathematics academy where free tutoring is offered to students from elementary through high school.
MLK Church has had four pastors over the years who have served it well: Rev. Dr. Dancy, Rev. Dr. Clinton McNair, Rev. Dr. Clarence Davis, and Rev. Dr. Jean Robinson-Casey. These leaders have provided those necessary steps in organization and development to help the congregation move forward.
Rev. Dr. Robinson-Casey is the current pastor, and along with her husband, Rev. Clyde Casey, are leading the church through the phase of building a permanent structure at the current location. This structure will allow the church to expand its already extensive ministries to further serve the Reston community.
MLK Church exists to serve and has been effective at that service for the past 35 years.
All are welcome at this Sunday’s celebration service, in honor of the church’s 35th anniversary. The service begins at 11 a.m.
Photo of Rev. Jean Robinson-Casey courtesy of MLK Jr. Christian Church.