Michelle Riley Jones

Michelle Riley Jones

The Capitol Hill Music and Worship Arts Ministries (MWAM), is an expansive 120+ member ministry – a vehicle of evangelism and discipleship – under the servant leadership of Michelle Riley Jones (right). The ministry is made up of anointed singers, choirs, praise teams, drama and liturgical dance ministers, and skilled musicians presenting a repertoire filled with high anthems, hymns, spirituals, gospel music, praise & worship songs, contemporary music, Christian drama and dance. Our mode of worship today is our attempt to glorify our Lord and Savior, responding to the leading of the Holy Spirit to fulfill God’s will for our congregation at this time. It provides an avenue for fellowship for members of the congregation who share the love of singing or playing music, expressive movement, dramatization and other visual forms. The ministry partners with other ministries to provide musical leadership to other church and outreach programs. We seek to educate those involved in the ministry through workshops, retreats and self/group-directed studies. Our members are encouraged to participate in opportunities for service to our community.

The Capitol Hill Music & Worship Arts Ministries is:

Michelle Riley Jones, Minister for Music and Worship
Email: worship@capitolhillsdachurch.org

Alejandro Lucini , Director, Community Music Programs
Email: worship@capitolhillsdachurch.org

Capitol Hill Chorale (anthems, spirituals, hymn arrangements, traditional gospel)
Director: Ramon Bryant Braxton . Email: chorale@capitolhillsdachurch.org
Ministers on 1st Sabbaths. Rehearsals: 1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Tuesdays @ 7:00pm

New Covenant Experience (contemporary gospel)
Director: Zina Johnson. Asst. Director: Michael Wright. Email: NewCovenantExperience@capitolhillsdachurch.org
Ministers on 3rd Sabbaths. Rehearsals: 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 5th Sabbaths @ 8:00pm

God’s Inspiration Children’s Chorus – ministers 4th Sabbaths (except June – August)
Co- Director s : Douraine Donaldson and Kesslyn Brade Stennis . Email: GodsInspiration@capitolhillsdachurch.org
Ministers on 4th Sabbaths. Rehearsals: Sabbath mornings @ 10:30am

Capitol Hill Male Chorus
Director: Reginald Bouknight
Email: malechorus@capitolhillsdachurch.org
Ministers and rehearses as scheduled.

Capitol Hill Youth Choir
Director: Brencis Smith
Email: youthchoir@capitolhillsdachurch.org
Ministers as scheduled. Rehearsals: 3rd & 4th Fridays at 7:00pm

Praise and Worship Teams
Email: praiseteam@capitolhillsdachurch.org
1st/2nd Sabbaths: Kimberly Knight. Team rehearses on 1st/2nd Thursdays at 8:00pm
3rd/4th Sabbaths: Elder Sharon Hodges. Team rehearses on 3rd/4th Thursdays at 7:30pm

Men’s Praise Team: Paul Avery and Michael Wright
Email: worship@capitolhillsdachurch.org

Youth Praise Team: Kamilah Giscombe-Smith
Email: worship@capitolhillsdachurch.org

Capitol Hill Liturgical Dance Ministry: Roxan Cooks
Email: worship@capitolhillsdachurch.org
Ministers and rehearses as scheduled.


Music Director: Paul Avery

Organist/Pianist: Tedde Gibson

Drums: Joel Tate, Brencis Smith

Percussion: Alejandro Lucini, Eian Jackson

Bass: Reger Smith, Jr., Adam Johnson

Morning Manna Pianists: Tedde Gibson, Elder Lydia McClain, Cassandra Danley-Arnold, Floretta Taylo


Music and Worship Arts Series

ACTS of the Apostles (Drama Ministry)

Young Artists Series



The Capitol Hill SDA Church Music and Worship Arts Ministry seek s to kindle a worship environment that: ACKNOWLEDGES Jesus as Lord and King; REFLECTS Christ through our witness and testimony; INSPIRES others to seek to know Him and to submit to His will for their lives; and, NURTURES the congregation in full, conscious and active relationship with Him.

Guiding Scripture:

Matthew 6:10 (NCV) — “May your kingdom come, and what you want [WORSHIP] be done, here on earth as it is in heaven.”


God does not bless great talent. He blesses great likeness to Jesus. We want to be and live as Jesus did. (1 John 2:6, NIV)

Current Projects/Special Needs:

The Music and Worship Arts Ministry has recommended a major renovation of our historic pipe organ


Michelle Riley Jones, Minister of Music and Worship
Phone: (202) 543-1344
E-mail: worship@capitolhillsdachurch.org