Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Canaan Baptist Church
Canaan Baptist Church (1607 Monroe Street NW) is one of the younger churches among the faiths found along 16th Street. The congregation and its members have been worshiping together and serving the community of Washington since January 1947 when a group of like-minded people of faith met in the home of Rev. M. Cecil Mills. According to the church's website, meetings were held in Rev. Mills' home and a good deal of time was spent praying and singing and hearing Rev. Mills preach.
In February of that same year, Rev. Mills and the men and women who had been meeting in his home decided to create a permanent organization. The gathering was inspired by the hymn "I am Bound for the Canaan Land" to call itself Canaan Mission and later changed the name to Canaan Baptist Church.
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 2/08