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Reverend Morris L. Shearin Sr.

Reverend Dr. Morris L. Shearin, Sr. was born in Northampton County, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Shaw University (Raleigh, NC), where he received both a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy & Religion and a Master of Divinity. In May 1981, he earned a Doctorate of Ministry from Howard University School of Divinity (Washington, DC).


  • Pastor, Israel Baptist Church, Washington, DC
  • Past-President, Baptist Convention of DC and Vicinity
  • Past-Member, National Board of Directors of the NAACP
  • Outstanding Citizen Award, Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO (2005
  • Chairman, NAACP National Convention (2006)
  • Chairman, Project Labor Agreement Task Force, Washington, DC
  • Member, Judicial Nomination Committee, Washington, DC
  • Invited Guest, 2008 African American Labor Leaders Economic Summit on Labor and Religion, Harvard Law School
  • Member, DC Judicial Nomination Commission, Washington, DC
  • Past-President, DC Branch of the NAACP)
  • Member, Shaw University Theological Alumni Association
  • Member, Howard University National Theological Alumni Association
  • Past-President, Howard University National Theological Alumni Association
  • Member, Board of Directors for the Stoddard Baptist Home
  • 2013 Honoree of the Washington, DC Hall of Fame Award
  • Established The Child Development Center at Israel Baptist Church
  • Secured funding for and established The Rev. Dr. Morris L. Shearin Sr. Community Life Center  at Israel Baptist Church
  • In 2016, opened a senior housing building, Visionary Square @ Rhode Island Ave, Washington, DC
  • Led several tours in “The Land of the Bible” (including Israel and Greece)

For his tireless and unselfish efforts to advance the kingdom of God on earth, Rev. Shearin has received numerous other awards and citations from religious, civic, and government organizations in his home-state of North Carolina and in the Washington metropolitan area.


Contact Phone: 
(202) 269-0288