Faith and Religion

Faith and Religion

African Methodist Episcopal-Zion

African Methodist Episcopal-Zion

First Agape AME Zion Church

7700 Seven Locks Road

Potomac, MD 20854


(The Church currently meets at Adat Shalom Synagogue, see under "Jewish")

Scotland AME Church of Zion

10902 Seven Locks Road

Potomac, MD 20854


Leader: Rev. James Phifer

152 members


The Bahá’í Faith

9401 Thornhill Rd.

Silver Spring, MD 20901



Seven Locks Baptist Church

11845 Seven Locks Road

Potomac, MD 20854


Leader: Pastor Greg Wolfe

Around 80 members

Programs: SURGE: Youth Community Service — an inter-denominational group that has social activities and ministry. Cookie Ministry — a welcome committee that brings cookies to people that are new to the area. Martha's Table Ministry, Children's Nursery.

Briggs Church

5144 Massachusetts Ave.

Bethesda, MD 20816


Leader: Pastor Robert L. Maddox

120 members

Programs: ESL Program, Connecting Children's Faith Through the Arts in the summer. Contact Marilyn Mix.

Wildwood Baptist Church

10200 Old Georgetown Road

Bethesda, MD 20814


Leader: Pastor David Sayne

150 people

Programs: Vacation Bible School, Fall Carnival, Easter programs.


Wat Thai Theravada Buddhist Temple

13440 Layhill Road,

Silver Spring, MD 20906


Leader: The venerable Laung Pachee

2,500 families


Our Lady of Mercy

9200 Kentsdale Drive

Potomac, MD 20854


Leader: Msgr. William J. English

About 1,800 families

Programs: Thanksgiving Baskets, Food Collection, Ministry to Disabled Persons.

St. Bartholomew’s

6900 River Road

Bethesda, MD 20817


Leader: Msgr. James Beattie

About 1000 families

Programs: Concert Fundraiser at Mt. Carmel Shelter for Women in December. Meals for the homeless, monthly.

The Church of the Little Flower

5607 Massachusetts Ave.

Bethesda, MD 20816


Leader: Rev. Msgr. Peter Vaghi

About 1,350 members

Programs: Little Flower School — elementary school for pre-kindergarten to 8th grade, Monthly Food Collection, Thanksgiving Turkeys, Easter Hams, Giving Tree Project — an Advent project — parishioners provide Christmas gifts for the needy.

St. Raphael’s

1592 Kimblewick Road

Rockville, MD 20854


Leader: the Rev. G. William Finch

3,100 families

Programs: General senior helpers, home repair volunteers. Contact Kathryn Chapman.

Christian Science

First Church of Christ, Scientist

7901 Connecticut Ave.

Chevy Chase, MD 20815


Chairman of the Board of Trustees: Martin Poretsky

Programs: Reading Room, Sunday School at 10 a.m.

First Church of Christ, Scientist

100 Nelson St.

Rockville, MD 20850


First Leader: Linda Cook

Second Leader: Barbara Smith

Programs: Reading Room, Sunday School.


St. Francis Episcopal Church

10033 River Road

Potomac, MD 20854


Leader: Rev. William Shand

800 members

Programs: Potomac Country House Tour, Diocesan Hunger Fund, Day School, Sunday School.

St. James Episcopal Church

11815 Seven Locks Road

Potomac, MD 20854


Leader: Rev. Cynthia Baskin

Programs: Prison Aftercare Ministry, Children's School, Rebuilding Together.

St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church

5450 Massachusetts Ave.

Bethesda, MD 20816


Leader: Rev. Jeffrey B. MacKnight, rector

225 families

Programs: Vacation Bible School, Loaves and Fishes, Yoga, car wash fundraisers, Darfur Bracelets.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

6030 Grosvenor Lane

Bethesda, MD 20814


Fax: 301-530-1802

Leader: Rev. Dr. Stephanie J. Negley

About 300 members

Hare Krishna

Hare Krishna Temple

International Society for Krishna Consciousness

10310 Oaklyn Drive

Potomac, MD 20854


Manager: 301-765-8948

Leader: President Anuttama Das

1,000 members


Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Center

46 Norwood Road

Silver Spring, MD 20905


Leader: Swami Dheerananda

400 members

Programs: Children's Summer Camp, Children's Center, charity musical concerts, annual festival in October, counseling, providing food for homeless shelters.


Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation

7727 Persimmon Tree Lane

Bethesda, MD 20817


Leader: Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb

480 families

Programs: Concerts, Manna Food Warehouse, "Lunch bunch" group, Kids Care Club.

Aish HaTorah

11418 Old Georgetown Road

N. Bethesda, MD 20852


300 members

Programs: Jewish Early Childhood Center, Jewish Awareness Movement (JAM), Read Between the Lines, Hebrew classes.

Bethesda Jewish Congregation

6601 Bradley Blvd.

Bethesda, MD 20817


Leader: Rabbi Hazzan Sunny Schnitzer

A little over 200 members

Programs: AtONE-working for affordable housing in Montgomery County, Winter Clothes Drive in Progress, Collection for Cuba.

Beth Sholom Congregation

11825 Seven Locks Road

Potomac, MD 20854


Leader: Rabbi Joel Tessler

500 families

Programs: Adult Education Program, Dreidel the Night Away in December, Red Cross Blood Drive.

Chabad of Potomac

11621 Seven Locks Road

Potomac, MD 20854

301-983-4200, Ext. 11

Leader: Rabbi Mendel Bluming

850 members

Programs: Lap n' Learn, JLI Adult Education Courses, the Women's Circle.

Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County

8215 Old Georgetown Road

Bethesda, MD 20814


Leader: Rabbi William Rudolph

About 1,000 families

Programs: Yoga, Men's Club.

Congregation B’nai Tzedek

10621 South Glen Road

Potomac, MD 20854


Leader: Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt

656 families

Programs: Mitzvah Committee organizes volunteer programs. The church cooks dinner for the homeless every two to three months. Mitzvah Day each spring. Contact Jane Stelboum.

Congregation Har Shalom

11510 Falls Road

Potomac, MD 20854


Leaders: Rabbis H. David Rose and Michelle H. Fisher

1,100 families

Programs: See website for programs.

Temple Beth Ami

14330 Travilah Road

Rockville, MD


Leader: Rabbi Jack Luxemburg

1,300 members

Programs: "To Bring About" Program — A year-round menu of community service activities, contact Shelly Gordon.

Washington Hebrew Congregation

Julia Bindeman Center

11810 Falls Road

Potomac, MD 20854


Leader: Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig

3,000 families

Programs: Mitzvah Day, SCRIP Fund.


Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

8011 Old Georgetown Road

Bethesda, MD 20814


Leader: Pastor Marvin Tollefson

380 members

Program: Fall Festival — first Sunday after Labor Day. Contact Laura North.

Lutheran Church of the Cross

12801 Falls Road

Rockville, MD 20854


Leader: Rev. Lester P. Stano

About 200 members

Programs: Children of the Cross Pre-school, contact Brenda Bertrand, 301-762-7566. Chinese Outreach — ESL classes, contact Pastor Tich Luu.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

7730 Bradley Blvd.

Bethesda, MD 20817


Fax: 301-365-9236

Leader: Rev. Jan P. Lookingbill

873 members

Programs: Community Based Shelter Week in October, Giving Tree Project in December, clothing drives. Contact the outreach committee chair.

Trinity Lutheran Church

11200 Old Georgetown Road

N. Bethesda, MD 20852


Leader: Pastor Roger L. Berner

Programs: Toy Drive, Clean Up Day, Trinity Supper Club.


Islamic Education Center

7917 Montrose Road

Potomac, MD 20854


Leader: Dr. Ahmad Bahrainy

About 500 members

Programs: Book Distribution, Farsi School, Islamic School of Potomac — Sundays, September through June.

Non-Denominational Christian

The Church in Bethesda

5033 Wilson Lane

Bethesda, MD 20814


Leaders: Robert Kang and April Vega

About 50 attend Sundays

Programs: Free Concert in September, ongoing Bethesda Cares Homeless Feeding Program, Teen Center.


St. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church

10620 River Road

Potomac, MD 20854


Leader: Father George Rados

1000 members

Programs: Car Raffle, Annual Bazaar Nov. 4 -6, Bible Study, Sunday School, Teen SOYO.

Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church

10201 Democracy Blvd.

Potomac, MD 20854


Leader: Father Miles Zdinak

80 families

Programs: Bake sales throughout the year.

Greek Orthodox Church of St. George

7701 Bradley Blvd.

Bethesda, MD 20817


Leader: Rev. Christopher Constantinides

900 members

Programs: Spring Festival in May, Dinner Auction Oct. 28, Car Raffle.

St. Mark Orthodox Church

7124 River Road

Bethesda, MD 20817


Leader: Father Gregory Safchuk

About 200 members

Programs: Church School, Bazaar first weekend in November, Ongoing Canned Food Program, Food Baskets.


Christian Life Center

11800 Darnestown Road

Gaithersburg, MD 20878


Leader: Pastor R. E. Libby

Programs: Celebrate Recovery, Alcohol Chemical Treatment Series (ACTS), Food Bank, Emergency Prayer.


Potomac Presbyterian Church

10301 River Road

Potomac, MD 20854


Leader: Pastor Kerry Stoltzfus

about 500 members

Programs: Blanket Sunday, Bethesda Youth Services, Bread for the City, Miriam's Kitchen, Rainbow Place, Youth Work Camp.

Bethesda Presbyterian Church

7611 Clarendon Road

Bethesda, MD 20814


Leader: Pastor Anne Troy

125 members

Programs: Summer Music Festival, Vacation Bible School in August, Bazaar/Yard Sale/Carnival Oct. 7, Lunch Program, Rebuilding Together, Annual Youth Work Camp, Stepping Stone Center, The Lord's Table, Habitat for Humanity, Bread for the City, Montgomery Avenue Women's Center, Sophia House, Mariam's Kitchen, Seminary Education, Montgomery Hospice, Missionary support in: Congo, Kenya, Egypt, Kazhakstan, Equador.

Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church

6601 Bradley Blvd.

Bethesda, MD 20817


Leader: Pastor Susan Andrews

About 700 members

Programs: Bible Music Camp, Bethesda Cares, Friends Club, Base Program.

The Fourth Presbyterian Church

5500 River Road

Bethesda, MD 20816


Leader: Pastor Dr. Robert Norris

Programs: Inner-City Task Force (ICTF): Camp Bennett, Bright Lights Tutoring, Food for the Needy.

Trinity Presbyterian Church

7009 Wilson Lane

Bethesda, MD 20817


Leader: Pastor David Williams

40 members

Programs: Manna Youth Ministries, Saturday Evening Contemporary Worship Service.

Geneva Presbyterian Church

11931 Seven Locks Road

Potomac, MD 20854


Leader: Rev. Anne Benefield

130 members

Programs: Day School, Kids of the Kingdom service club, Adult Bible Study. Vacation Bible School.


Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist

9601 Cedar Lane

Bethesda, MD 20814


Leader: Rev. Roger Fritts

About 900 members

Programs: Social Justice Gift Fund, the Labyrinth Walk, Covenant Groups, Religious Education for Children and Adults.

United Methodist

Potomac United Methodist

10300 Falls Road

Potomac, MD 20854


Leader: Rev. Jack Ewald

500 families

Programs: Sunday School, Disciple Bible Study

Bethesda Hispanic United Methodist

8300 Old Georgetown Road

Bethesda, MD 20814


Leader: Rev. Bríndice Muñoz

73 members

Bethesda United Methodist

8300 Old Georgetown Road

Bethesda, MD 20814


Leaders: Pastors Ron Foster and Rachel Cornwell

Programs: Youth Work Camp, Vacation Bible School, Martha's Table, So Others Might Eat (SOME)

Concord-St. Andrews United Methodist

5910 Goldsboro Road

Bethesda, MD 20817


Leader: Rev. Bruce A. Jones

500 members

Program: Nursery School, Pre-School Camp, Sunday School.

North Bethesda United Methodist

10100 Old Georgetown Road

Bethesda, MD 20814


Leader: Rev. Debbie Scott

About 400 members

Programs: Church School, Spring Flea Market, Fall Fair, Vacation Bible School.