“Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord”
Throughout history, the African American tradition of worship in the Baptist Church has been one in which the people have allowed the Spirit of God to have His way with their talents to preach, pray, sing, play musical instruments and dance -- all lifted in praise to God.
We honor this tradition of worship and we believe that the bible is the uncompromising Word of God. We teach from the bible to inform, uplift, motivate and inspire everyone. We are honored that you have taken the time to view Israel Baptist Church’s website and salute you with a warm welcome. We hope that this website provides some insight into some of the activities the Ministries are engaged in to carry-out the mission of the church.
We also hope that you will consider visiting with us.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. Dr. Morris L. Shearin, Sr., D. Min.
The Reverend Dr. Morris L. Shearin, Sr. is a native of Garysburg, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Shaw University, Raleigh, NC, where he received both a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy & Religion and a Master of Divinity. He earned a Doctorate of Ministry from Howard University School of Divinity, Washington, DC.
Rev. Dr. Shearin was installed as the ninth Pastor of Israel Baptist Church (IBC) in October, 1988. Prior to becoming the Pastor of Israel Baptist Church, Rev. Shearin was the Pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church, Lewiston, North Carolina; Cedar Grove Baptist Church, Lawrenceville, Virginia; Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Adam Grove, Virginia; and the Associate Pastor of Wake Chapel Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Among the many accomplishments of Pastor Shearin during his tenure at IBC, are the following: established the Child Development Center at Israel Baptist Church; initiated the STEM Ministry (Stewardship, Training, Evangelism, and Missions); revitalized the Music Ministry; and made provisions for an on-site commodity food bank. His stewardship teachings and encouragement led to a stronger commitment towards tithing and as a result, the church’s mortgage was burned in 1992 within just three years.
Dr. Shearin has received numerous awards through dedication to God’s work and the support of family, friends, and the congregation. A few of his accomplishments include: Member, Judicial Nominating Committee, Washington, D.C.; 2013 Honoree of the Washington, DC Hall of Fame Award; 2008 African American Labor Leaders Economic Summit on Labor and Religion; Past-President, Baptist Convention of D.C. and Vicinity; Past-Member, National Board of Directors of the NAACP; Chairman, NAACP National Convention (2006); Chairman, Project Labor Agreement Task Force, Washington, D.C.; Invited Guest, Harvard Law School; past-president, D.C. branch of the NAACP; past-president, Howard University National Theological Alumni Association; outstanding citizen award, Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO (2005); and member, Board of Directors for the Stoddard Baptist Home.
With the support and love of the congregation of Israel Baptist Church and the DC community, in June of 2015, The Rev. Dr. Morris L. Shearin Sr. Community Life Center at Israel Baptist Church, held its Grand Opening Gala. This contemporary state of the art facility includes health care services on two floors provided by Unity HealthCare. The third floor is home to Israel Manor Inc's Capital City Hall of Distinction -- a spectacular venue with views of the Washington Monument and the Capitol Building.
In 2016, Israel Manor Inc., the business arm of Israel Baptist Church opened a senior housing building, Visionary Square @ Rhode Island Ave. Washington DC.
Dr. Shearin remains active in the Shaw University’s Theological Alumni Association and Howard University’s National Theological Alumni Association
For his tireless and unselfish efforts to advance the kingdom of God on earth, Rev. Shearin has received numerous other awards and citations from religious, civic, and government organizations in his home-state of NC and in the Washington DC area.
Pastor Shearin’s desire to continuously increase the biblical educational experience of the congregation and others, inspired him to lead several tours with Wyatt T. Walker to “The Land of the Bible” (including Israel and Greece). Through such efforts, members were baptized in the Jordan River and rededicated themselves to reaching out to others in order to spread the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Rev. Shearin is married to the former Bertha M. Cotton of Northampton County, NC. They have two children, Felicia and Morris (Jr.), and two granddaughters, Morgan and Alana. Pastor Shearin is also the father of Carolyn and the grandfather of Jualia and Jamel.