Faith Series:  St. Dominic Parish a Southwest Stalwart for Nearly 150 Years

By Georgine Wallace  Established in 1852, the parish of St. Dominic has graced its current location at 630 E Street SW since its opening on June 13, 1875. The church exterior resembled the present day, however, the original interior was destroyed by a fire in March 1885. Both Protestant and Catholic residents raised funds to […]

Riverside Baptist Church Announces Scholarship Program

By Southwester Staff Riverside Baptist Church is one of the oldest churches in Southwest, tracing its roots back to the Island Baptist Church, founded in 1857. The church has been on the corner of 7th Street and Maine Avenue SW since the 1960’s, and in 2019 moved into a new building.  Today, Riverside prides itself […]

Faith Community: Historic Carron Baptist Church Rooted in Southwest Community

By Georgine Wallace  Carron Baptist Church has been part of the Southwest faith community for over 50 years. The classic brick church at 1354 First Street SW is the congregation’s fourth location since their inception in 1928. Reverend Peter Spann has served as the pastor of Carron Baptist since 2018. He is married with two […]

St Matthew Lutheran Church Perseveres Through Times of Change

By Georgine Wallace  When the new St. Matthew Lutheran Church opened on January 19, 2019, the pastor and congregation were excited about the possibilities to serve the Southwest Community after an eleven-year absence from the neighborhood, as the previous structure was demolished in 2008. St. Matthew formed a sister church relationship with First Trinity Lutheran […]

A New Chapter at Westminster Presbyterian Church

By Georgine Wallace To many of us, they are treasured friends and partners in neighborhood projects, and to the parishioners of Westminster Presbyterian, Co-Pastors Ruth and Brian Hamilton are the heart of their church. Long-time member Vyllorya Evans describes Ruth Hamilton as their “spiritual leader” and “connection to the community” while Brian Hamilton “challenges our […]

Faith Community: St. Augustine’s Honors 60 Year Commitment to Social Justice 

By Georgine Wallace  Over the last two years, Southwest has welcomed several new faith leaders to our community. One new addition, Reverend Scott Lipscomb of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, arrived in Southwest in the fall of 2019 with his wife, the Reverend Anne Nicholson, and their daughter Maggie.  Ordained in 2018, Reverend Scott first served […]