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History of Judah Praise Fellowship Christian Church

On January 11, 2003, a group of 15 Christians with the same beliefs met under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Janice S. Jenkins for the purpose of establishing a church inspired by God, chosen to “set the captives free and bring deliverance to His people by meeting the needs of individuals with openness and acceptance while striving to see the goodness of God in everyone and everything.”  

During this meeting, Rev. Jenkins also stated how the name Judah Praise Fellowship came about, explaining “Judah means ‘praise’ or ‘to praise’. Many are scattered or rejected by God, but like Judah, I was chosen to “praise God” on earth”.  Scripture references included Romans 2:29 “such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God; Romans 15:11 “praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and sing praises to him, all you peoples”; and also Genesis 29:35 “she conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, ‘this time I will praise the Lord.’  So she named him Judah.”

On January 11, 2003, after living for many years in her heart, Judah Praise Fellowship Christian church was officially organized with Rev. Dr. Janice S. Jenkins elected Pastor.  At this time, the constitution and bylaws, a mission and vision statement and a statement of faith were drafted and accepted by the believers present. That same week, on January 16, 2003, the first bible study was held and a few weeks later, in February, the first worship service was held at the home of Pastor Jenkins. 

On April 6 2003, a Commissioning Service for Rev. Dr. Jenkins and Judah Praise was held at First Baptist Church of Vienna by Rev. Dr. Kenny Smith. Two weeks later, on April 20, Resurrection Sunday, the doors of the church were opened for official membership and 13 members joined.

Soon after, with the increase in membership and activities, the church faced a need for more space and moved to hold worship service at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fairfax, Virginia.  Church school was then added to the Sunday worship service.

On November 9, 2003, Judah Praise was acknowledged as a Baptist church by the Northern Virginia Baptist Association and on November 16, 2003, the church held an Opening Service, publicly announcing its presence to the community.

Under the leadership of Dr. Jenkins, the church has been blessed to experience growth both spiritually and numerically over the past several years.  In this time, two associate ministers were licensed into the Gospel ministry and both the Deacon and Trustee ministries expanded their leadership. The music ministry has thrived with the establishment of the praise teams - the Voices of Judah and Young Voices of Judah - as well as a liturgical dance ministry.  Additionally, the Men’s and Women’s ministries have facilitated various seminars and retreats, and the missionary ministry has led the church in supporting numerous missionary projects in the local community.

Judah Praise marked another phase in the life of the church in December 2011 when the church moved to a permanent location in Fairfax, Virginia. As they stand firmly on the foundation that has been built, Judah Praise remains a body in Christ that seeks to worship God and continue to meet the needs of His people.

Judah Praise has a predominantly African-American congregation. Rooted in the Word of God, we are motivated to share the hope of the Gospel with all of God's children. All are welcome. 

"Your Victory is in Your Praise!"



Judah Praise Fellowship Christian Church