Alfred Street Baptist Church | Senior Pastor
Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley is the exciting, gifted and anointed Senior Pastor of the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church (ASBC) in Alexandria, VA. A courageous, dynamic, and visionary leader, he is only the eighth pastor in the church’s 220-year history of worshipping Christ while serving humankind. Under Dr. Wesley’s extraordinary leadership, the Alfred Street Baptist Church has grown from 2,500 members to 10,000 members, and 80 active ministries with an emphasis on children’s ministries and missions. Since 2020, Alfred Street Baptist Church, under the guidance and direction of Dr. Wesley through the Tithe-the-Tithe initiative, has donated more than $6 million dollars to over 200 organizations. A native of Chicago, Dr. Wesley is the product of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical and electrical engineering. While in medical school, Dr. Wesley yielded to the call of God and walked away from a path to a medical career to attend seminary at the prestigious Boston University School of Theology where he was a Martin Luther King, Jr. scholar and a summa cum laude graduate in biblical studies and African American religious history. He received his Doctor of Ministry in preaching from Northern Baptist Seminary. Dr. Wesley has received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Stillman College, Tougaloo College, and Paul Quinn College, respectively. His passion for and excellence in preaching has afforded him the opportunity to serve as an adjunct professor at Hartford Seminary, Boston University, and Virginia Theological Seminary. He currently serves as the Chairman of UNCF’s National Faith and Education Initiative Advisory Council. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Trustees of Virginia Union University, the Flint Hill School, and the Board of Directors of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Missionary Convention. Previously, he served on the Board of Visitors of the Duke Divinity School and as the Vice-Chairman of John Leland Center for Theological Studies.