Ebenezer is situated on a hill that overlooks Rt. 50. There have been several motorists who had car trouble on Rt. 50, saw the light coming from our church, and come looking for assistance. Each time, someone was available to assist them. We strive to be helpful in any way possible to those in need. It is best said in Matthew 5:14-16.

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bow. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (NIV) 

Role and Mission Statement


The role and mission of Ebenezer United Methodist Church is to have unlimited visions of an unlimited Savior through whom all things may be accomplished to the glory of God. Standing on the promises of God we will do so:

  • By going out into all the world to reach out and receive persons in the name of Christ.
  • By encouraging individuals to grow in their relationship to God and in their commitment to Jesus Christ.
  • By providing opportunities for people to not only be spiritually nurtured, but emotionally, economically politically, and socially empowered.
  • By sending our members back out into the world to live and to serve as faithful disciples under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Under the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit, we will do so recognizing all the while that it is not us, but God who is doing these things through us. 

Ebenezer has been serving the community for over 125 years. Ebenezer continues to meet the spiritual and other needs of its membership and community. The history of Ebenezer United Methodist Church is interwoven in the growth of Methodism in America and the development of the Lanham community. The exact date of Ebenezer's founding is not known. However, during the early post Civil War era, Mrs. Jennie Key opened her home in Lanham to the Black community for Sunday School and prayer services. According to the minutes of the Washington Annual Conference, the Bowie Circuit had four churches in its charge in 1885. One of these was Ebenezer.

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