Disciples pastor leaves Washington pulpit

Alvin O. Jackson of National City Christian Church
The former moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has announced his plans to resign from a prominent Washington pulpit. Alvin O. Jackson, 54, told his congregation he would resign as senior pastor of National City Christian Church as of November 30.

In 1998, Jackson came to Washington from Memphis to become the first African-American pastor of the mostly white church that had been frequented by presidents and other powerful Washingtonians over the years. His goal was to make the congregation more multicultural.

“While not impossible, it is particularly difficult for a congregation with a long history to move beyond its past to embrace the future of a truly inclusive church,” Jackson wrote in the letter. “I remain committed to that vision, but for now, it is a vision that eludes us at National City.”

 

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