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D.C. Baptist Convention installs Manarin as it first female executive director

The District of Columbia Baptist Convention installed Trisha Miller Manarin as its first female executive director/minister in the convention’s 145-year history.

Manarin has held the position since August 2020, but the convention delayed her installation because of the COVID pandemic.

She was a local church pastor, coordinator of the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, staff member with the Baptist World Alliance, and a professor and missionary.

The convention cited her “wealth of local, regional and international experience” as assets for her leadership among D.C. Baptists

“Dr. Manarin is a woman of great energy, vision and experience — a change agent, a woman with a heart for the gospel and a love of missions,” executive director search committee Chair Charlotte Peddicord said.

“We are here to do a holy thing today, and, Trisha, you have been getting ready for this your whole life. God has called you to do the work of a bishop for pastors and churches in this region, and you are richly equipped to lead,” Molly Marshall, interim president of United Theological Seminary, told participants at the installation.

The D.C. Baptist Convention is one of the most diverse regional organizations among Baptists. It is composed of 160 congregations and ministry partners.

Speaking afterward, Manarin asked, “Isn’t this just like God to bring together people like you and me to be about God’s good — and sometimes dangerous — work?”

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