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Systematic Theology

This core seminar consists of 13 lessons 1. Introduction to Systematic Theology & The Doctrine of the Word 2. The Existence and Attributes of God 3. The Doctrines of Creation and Providence 4. Biblical Anthropology: The Problem of Sin 5. Biblical Christology 6. The Work of Christ 7. The Holy Spirit 8. The Work of […]


Last updated: October 23, 2009 2009 Westminster Directory of Public Worship (with Sinclair Ferguson). Geanies House, UK: Christian Heritage, 2009. “Improving the Gospel: Exercises in Unbiblical Theology.” In Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2009. “J.I. Packer and Pastoral Wisdom From the Puritans.” In J.I. Packer and the Evangelical Future: The Impact of His […]


-Internship Application (MS Word Document) updated as of May 2014. Please note that our final Intern Preview Weekend opportunity for applicants for the Spring 2015 semester is now full. Because of this, we strongly encourage applicants to apply for Fall 2015 and future classes. Please contact us at with any questions.

For Free

Core Seminars (Adult Sunday School Classes) Our adult education classes, called Core Seminars, are also available to interested parties. Through them, Christians of varying levels of maturity may sit together under rich biblical teaching on a number of important subjects. While we continue to develop and shape the Core Seminars classes, pastors and church leaders […]


The Praise Factory is a family of three curriculums, created by Connie Dever, wife of Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. The curriculums: Teach, Take & Tell (for 2′s and 3′s); Big Questions and Answers for little people (for 3-5′s); and The Praise Factory (for K-5th grade) introduce the children […]


Childcare is provided for children from birth through Pre-K during all regular services of the church. Our caregivers seek to make the most of every opportunity to show the children the love and Christ and point them to knowledge of our Lord. Sunday School – 9:30-10:30am Sunday school classes are provided for children ages 2 […]

We Are

We Are Governed As the children of God, we have submitted ourselves without reservation to the His governance. Our resistance to His good guidance… Read More We Are Led In Scripture, we find three distinct groups of people who exercise some form of leadership in the church: the congregation… Read More We Are Linked CHBC […]

Internship Full Description

What do you get when you drop six budding theologians into the perfect church, and attempt to grow their preaching, teaching, and other ministry gifts by plunging them headlong into practical and theological training? We aren’t really sure. You will have to check with some other church. Nothing fancy happens in the Capitol Hill Baptist […]

For Sale

CHBC is currently blessed to offer four books for sale to the public, each written by our senior pastor, Mark Dever. Those interested in the components of a biblically faithful church should try both the book and booklet entitled Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, the cornerstone publications of IX Marks Ministries. Readers interested in […]

We Welcome

At Capitol Hill Baptist Church, we love having guests visit us. We usually have quite a few in our number in both our Sunday morning and Wednesday evening services. Until we meet our visitors in person, we offer a virtual welcome through our site. Here, you’ll find a welcome from our pastor, Mark Dever, a […]


In Scripture, we find three distinct groups of people who exercise some form of leadership in the church: the congregation, consisting of all church members; elders, those men appointed to spiritual oversight in the church; and deacons and deaconesses, who serve the congregation in hands-on, practical ways. Additionally, while not explicitly called for in the […]


There is no point in a Christian’s life at which we cannot and should not learn. At Capitol Hill Baptist, our quest to learn is shepherded by a variety of materials we produce, including Core Seminar classes, informational booklets, and a number of books. Desiring to share these resources with others, we sell the church-focused […]

What to Expect

To help visitors understand how we gather as a church, we have provided descriptions of each of our weekly services. Generally, our services are characterized by solemn contemplation of the Bible and its doctrines, passionate corporate singing, and friendly interaction with one another and our guests. After you get a taste for our church by […]

Sunday Evening

Our church family times combine singing, sharing and prayer.  We come together at 5pm to lift up our praise to God in song, generally singing a blend of traditional and contemporary music for fifteen minutes.  After one of our pastors leads us in a brief prayer, we hear announcements and share matters for prayer from […]

Wednesday Evening

Members and visitors to our church assemble for an inductive Bible study in which we think through a small passage of Scripture together. Held in our West Hall at 7pm, the pastor leading the study opens it with a brief reading from an insightful Christian book. He gives a few announcements, reads the evening’s text, […]


In an effort to facilitate the ministry of the entire church, we have called on a few members to work in a full-time (paid) capacity. Whether making church bulletins, counseling members, or planning children’s ministry curriculum, the staff enhances the collective ministry of CHBC. Staff members each fill specific roles. The Pastoral staff members, made […]


CHBC has two major ties: firstly to our own church history, and secondly to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). The years already passed at CHBC bear testimony to the grace of God. The congregation rose from nothing, grew to great heights, entered into a long, slow decline through the mid-twentieth century, and revived once more […]

The Past

On a late November evening in 1867 on Capitol Hill, a group of people came together to pray about the vision of seeing a church planted in their midst. That church, founded first in the prayers of its future members, would one decade later exist as the Metropolitan Baptist Church, registered in 1878 with 31 […]


A Southern Baptist church since its founding, Capitol Hill Baptist Church is in friendly cooperation with and contributing toward the causes of the Southern Baptist Convention. As with all SBC churches, CHBC understands that its association with the SBC is entirely voluntary. We are thankful for the resurgence of biblical values in the SBC in […]

Book Recommendations

We live in an age in which most anyone with a laptop and an idea can pound out a book (or two). Even in evangelical circles, this potential for production threatens to overwhelm us. With so many books out there, what should we read? As those who have encountered Edward’s meditations, Dallimore’s biographies, and Piper’s […]


Mark Dever serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. Since his ordination to the ministry in 1985, Dr. Dever has served on the pastoral staffs of four churches, including a church plant in Massachusetts. Prior to moving to Washington in 1994, Dr. Dever taught for the faculty of Divinity […]

We Provide

Audio Capitol Hill Baptist Church has a series of audio resources it provides for free.  Listening includes sermons, Henry Forum Lectures, and Bonus Talks. Book Recommendations We live in an age in which most anyone with a laptop and an idea can pound out a book (or two). Even in evangelical circles, this potential for… […]


The congregation represents the final authority on all matters of church life. Recognizing that both Jesus and Paul appealed to the congregation as the adjudicating body on matters of discipline, we structure our polity congregationally. We are a self-governing church, captive only to the will of God (Matthew 18; 1 Cor. 5). Accordingly, the congregation […]

Deacons & Deaconesses

The deacons and deaconesses of CHBC fill supportive roles as they coordinate various ministries that relate to the physical needs of the congregation. As those who free the elders to provide spiritual oversight to the church, the deacons and deaconesses each oversee a particular church ministry (e.g. Sound Ministry or Nursery). At their discretion, the deacons […]

1-on-1 Discipling

God in His grace has not made us to walk alone in the Christian life.  In one-on- one discipling relationships, two Christians of the same sex meet to study Scripture, hold one another accountable, and pray.  Within this basic framework, discipling relationships may take a number of different shapes: an elder member may disciple a younger member, […]