Episode 105 | Racial Healing Part 1

Episode 105 | Racial Healing Part 1

On this episode of Good News For The City, Pastors Aaron Graham and Bobby Manning shares their thoughts on the recent events and unrest, what the scriptures have to say and how the body of Christ should respond.

Podcast Guests

Pastor Bobby Manning

Dr. Bobby Manning proudly serves as the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of District Heights. Under his leadership, the church has grown significantly in number as well as local and global impact. Dr. Manning is widely considered a “pastor of the community” as he leads FBCDH to continued service to the physical and spiritual needs of the residents of the Metropolitan DC area.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) in Religion from Campbell University, a Master of Theology degree (Th.M.) from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min) from Regent University. While matriculating Dr. Manning received several awards and distinctions, including the Reuben S. Connor Award from Dallas Seminary, which honors the student with exemplary study of and ministry to the African-American Community.

Dr. Manning was licensed to the gospel ministry and ordained at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden (FBCG) by his mentor and spiritual covering, Pastor John K. Jenkins, Sr. While at FBCG, he served as Special Assistant to the Pastor and Young-Adult Pastor.

God has allowed Dr. Manning’s ministry to extend across the U.S. and overseas. A strong teacher of the Scriptures, he has also served as an adjunct professor at institutions such as Washington Bible College and Bethel Seminary. He has also served on the board of multiple community organizations, such as the Collective Empowerment Group, and OneHeartDC.

Dr. Manning is a native of the Washington, D.C. area where he and his wife LaVera currently reside with their three sons Levi, Reuben and Joseph.


Pastor Aaron Graham

Aaron serves as the founder and lead pastor of The District Church. He leads the Columbia Heights parish as well as the church organizationally. Aaron has a heart for church planting, leadership development, and urban ministry.

He is the co-founder of DC127 and serves as the board chair. Before moving to the District, Aaron started Quincy Street Missional Church in a low-income neighborhood of Boston where he served for five years. He received his bachelor’s from the University of Richmond, master’s at Harvard’s Kennedy School, and his doctorate at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Aaron loves to be outdoors, to play basketball, to travel, and to cheer for DC sports teams. He lives in Columbia Heights with his wife Amy and their two children, Elijah and Natalie.