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Shiloh Baptist Church DC minister

Rev. Desiré P. Grogan

Rev. Desiré P. Grogan is a vibrant and anointed member of the ordained clergy at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. In 1992, Rev. Grogan became the first woman to be ordained by the Shiloh congregation, through the American Baptist Churches USA, since the Church’s inception in 1863.

Rev. Grogan serves within the Shiloh congregation and across denominational lines as preacher, teacher, and retreat facilitator. She is the visionary behind Empowering The Pew and author of "Revelations from The Revelation of Jesus Christ: Chapters 1-3: A Commentary for the Believer in the Pew." She believes her main qualification for writing "Revelations from The Revelation of Jesus Christ" is derived from the practical experience of having taught The Book of the Revelation in the Church setting with great success to believers who were not seminary trained. She is a firm believer that scholarship should serve the pew, not laud it over the pew!

Rev. Grogan is a native Washingtonian who received her formal education from the D.C. Public Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree from the Boston University School of Fine Arts, a Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) degree from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Library and Information Science, a Master of Divinity (M. Div.) degree from the Howard University School of Divinity, and a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Semitics (Hebrew, Aramaic, Ugaritic and Akkadian languages) from The Catholic University of America.

Rev. Grogan is featured as a 'contributing voice' in the award-winning Commentary on "Proverbs," authored by Alice Ogden Bellis, Ph.D., professor of Hebrew Bible at the Howard University School of Divinity, Rev. Grogan's alma mater, and published as Volume 23 in the Wisdom Commentary Series by Liturgical Press. Rev. Grogan's 'contributing voice' is entitled, 'The Messianic Thief: The Redeemer of His Bride,' based on Proverbs 6:30-31. Rev. Grogan's 'contributing voice' article is an example of plenary inspiration, which she endorses as the most accessible approach to Bible study for the believer in the pew.

Testimonial from a Believer in the Pew

Alice Green from American Baptist Women in Minstry is a believer in the pew who took part in the seven-year, weekly Bible study on the Book of the Revelation at Shiloh Baptist Church.

Watch Rev. Grogan teach the Word

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Sunday School Hour
Shiloh Baptist Church, Washington, DC

“The Bold Testimony of a Silent Sacrifice”
Resurrection Baptist Church, Silver Spring, MD

Sunday School Hour
Shiloh Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

Women’s Day Worship Service
Paramount Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

“The Anatomy of Victory”
Shiloh Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.