Ministerial Staff

Ministerial leadership of Metropolitan Baptist Church

Dr. Maurice Watson

Dr. Maurice Watson

Dr. Maurice Watson is the Senior Pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, DC and Largo, MD. He was born the seventh of eight children in Little Rock, Arkansas. At the age of 16 he accepted the call to preach the gospel and two years later was ordained.

Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr.

From 1977 to 2015, Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr., exercised his calling to the Gospel Ministry as Senior Servant of the historic Metropolitan Baptist Church in the District of Columbia. His retirement on December 31, 2014 brought closure to a pastoral ministry of forty-nine years, and a preaching ministry of fifty-three. He was licensed and ordained to preach the Gospel by the Mount Olivet Baptist Church of Columbus, Ohio and is the second of three children born to the late Dr. H. Beecher, Sr., and Mrs. Eleanor Frazier Hicks.

Dr. Jesse L. Wood

Dr. Jesse L. Wood

The Reverend Dr. Wood is a graduate of Central State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, the Ohio State University with a degree in educational administration, and Master of Divinity degree from the Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Center, Massachusetts. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Rev. Brenda Girton Mitchell

Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell

Reverend Girton-Mitchell received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Ball State University and a Master degree from Indiana/Purdue University in Indianapolis. She graduated with honors from Chicago Kent College of Law. Rev. Girton-Mitchell was licensed to preach in 1998. She received a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2004 and served as the Associate General Secretary for Justice and advocacy of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, directing the advocacy work of that organization.

Rev. Adriane Blair Wise

The Reverend Adriane Blair Wise is Minister of Christian Spiritual Formation. Prior to that appointment in January 2007, she served as the Superintendent of Sunday School and Minister of Transition at Metropolitan Baptist Church. She has also served as Principal Coordinator/Consultant for the Center for Ministerial Leadership for the District of Columbia Baptist Convention. Rev. Wise also serves as the Baptist Chaplain at the historic Howard University.