Spiritual Adviser to President Obama Preaches at Historic Church

Posted on: January 9th, 2014

Dubois Joins Metropolitan A.M.E. in Honoring King and Mandela

Joshua DuBois(Washington, D.C.)  Rev. Joshua Dubois, former Special Assistant to President Obama and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will deliver a special sermon at the historic Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church as it celebrates “Martin Luther King, Jr./Nelson Mandela” Sunday on January 19, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. The church is located at 1518 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20005, only a few blocks from the White House.

Rev. Dubois, a longtime spiritual adviser to the President during both terms, and extending back to his tenure as Senator, recently released a book entitled, “The President’s Devotional,” a collection of 365 of what he considered the best readings and prayers he provided the President every morning.   Known as the “Pastor-in-Chief,” Dubois speaks regularly about faith, race, culture and reconciliation on MSNBC, CNN, in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and elsewhere.  He will join Metropolitan’s Senior Pastor, the Reverend Dr.  Ronald E. Braxton, in uplifting the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and former South African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela during the King holiday weekend.

The inspiration for the King/Mandela Sunday, according to Rev. Braxton, is “the need for a citywide celebration that recognizes the interlocking legacies of Dr. King and President Mandela in the worldwide struggle for freedom.”  Metropolitan is partnering in this event with the National Action Network, local NAACP chapters, Black Women for Positive Change, and a coalition of individuals and groups that the church convened last year to Stop the Pipeline to Prison.

Metropolitan A.M.E. traditionally honors Dr. King during the weekend honoring his birthday, and it recently hosted a special service to commemorate Mandela’s 95th birthday in July 2013.

In addition to Rev. Dubois, another special guest speaker will be Gwen Ifill, co-anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, moderator and managing editor of Washington Week, and a member of Metropolitan.  She will address the impact of the life of Dr. King on the greater liberation movement.

Rev. Braxton extends an invitation to the public to attend this commemorative service and celebration. Please contact the church office at 202 331-1426 or visit the church’s website, www.metropolitaname.org  for additional information about this celebration.



Founded in 1838, Metropolitan was formed by two existing churches: Israel Bethel A.M.E., founded in 1821 and Union Bethel A.M.E., which was also founded in 1838. The parent A.M.E. Church movement grew out of an anti–segregation protest in Philadelphia in 1787. Similarly, both Israel Bethel and Union Bethel began as a result of dissatisfaction among African Americans over racial segregation here in Washington at Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Church. The name of the Church was officially changed to Metropolitan A.M.E. Church in 1872 at the Baltimore Conference.  Metropolitan recently celebrated its 175th Anniversary with a year-long series of events and celebrations, including the 2nd visit by President Barack Obama and the first family.