Genesis Covenant Church is a non-denominational, faith-bearing church. We put our faith and trust in God in all that we do, exalting and worshipping Him. We believe in the Holy Trinity—The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as we create a climate of acceptance and Agape love. We embrace the scripture from Ephesians 4: 5-6, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
We profess to be a Bible-teaching church, believing the Bible is without error or fault and should not be compromised. The word of God is preached with hopes that the people of God will live out the scriptures. We believe that the church’s doors should be open to all people, regardless of race, gender, sex, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability. Our goal is for every person entering our doors to worship God freely and without judgment.
Senior Pastor Robert Earl Slade and Pastor Daryl Riddick, the founding pastors, believe that God was tugging on both of their hearts to do ministry that would provide hope to His people during a pandemic and thereafter. We believe that it is not by happenstance that two pastors have come together to do kingdom building. After much prayer and discernment, God spoke and put before us a vision to offer worship experiences and create ministries that would cause people to become disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world. Genesis means beginning, origin, or formation of something; therefore, Genesis suggests this is something new and refreshing created by God. Covenant means an agreement, and we have committed, vowed, and promised God that we would be obedient to His will and seek guidance from the Holy Spirit. We have a covenant to worship together in unity, in spirit, in love, and in truth.
Robert Earl Slade was born in rural Potecasi, North Carolina to Leonard and Elizabeth Slade. Pastor Robert E. Slade received his B.S. degree in Social Science from Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and his Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Bowie State University in Maryland.
As part of his theological preparation, he was awarded his Masters of Divinity degree from Howard University School of Divinity in May 1994. He held several positions with Prince George’s County Public Schools before accepting his calling into the ministry. Those positions included classroom teacher, transportation assistant, Director of Transportation, Associate Superintendent for Supporting Services and Deputy Superintendent of Schools for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland. Pastor Slade was ordained to the ministry in 1994 and avails himself to opportunities to preach the Good News of Salvation.
Pastor Slade at a very early age accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, but it was in his later years that he established a relationship with Jesus. Those who know him well believe that one of his greatest assets is his love and care for people from all walks of life.
Pastor Slade is blessed and sustained by a supportive and loving wife, Rhoda Ray Slade (retired) and three wonderful daughters — Brandie, Briana and Brittany and a remarkable son-in-law, Reginald Rahming. Wishing to stay close to his roots, Pastor Slade and his family reside on a small farm in rural Prince George’s County. Pastor Slade attributes his successes in life to his faith in God, his wife, eight siblings, strong role models in his life and of course his parents.
Pastor Slade preaches to a Gospel centered life and places unquestioning trust in the will of the Holy Spirit. He is proud and happy to have served as the shepherd of the flock at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church located in Old Georgetown, Washington, D.C. for eleven years. Pastor Slade has also adhered to the vision God gave him to start worship service at the Mt. Zion Ministries Center located at Bells United Methodist Church in Camp Springs, Maryland. This ministry was under the umbrella of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.
Effective July 1, 2011, Pastor Slade was appointed pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Fort Washington, Maryland where he served for nine years before retirement on June 31, 2020.After approximately eight months of rest and relaxation, Pastor Slade felt the yearning to continue to do God’s work in ministry and is now serving as a pastor at Genesis Covenant Church.Pastor Slade is not interested in where a man or woman has been, rather where they are and where they are going. He has used as motto over the years, “Make Learning to Love the Joy of Life.”
Reverend Daryl S. Riddick was born on September 20, 1969, to Stanley and Gwendolyn Riddick, in Washington DC. His family later moved to Clinton, Maryland, where he attended Prince George’s County Public Schools and received his high school diploma. After high school, Reverend Riddick attended Elizabeth City State University on a basketball scholarship where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics. He later enrolled in Cambridge College and received a Master’s Degree in Management.
Reverend Riddick’s spiritual growth and development has its beginning at Grace United Methodist Church in Fort Washington, Maryland. At Grace United Methodist Church Rev. Riddick served as a junior usher and was an active member in the Methodist Youth Fellowship. In 1994, Rev. Riddick and his family joined Meridian Hill Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Calvin E. Cage, Sr. In 1996, Rev. Riddick moved his family from Upper Marlboro, Maryland to Portsmouth, Virginia. While living in Portsmouth, Rev. Riddick joined New Weeping Mary Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. John C. Smith. While at New Weeping Mary he was involved in various ministries: Youth Ministry Director, Chairman of Trustee Ministry, President of Men’s Ministry and Vice Chairman of Christian Education.
After working in the various ministries and studying God’s word with Pastor John C. Smith, Rev. Riddick acknowledged the calling God had placed on his life to become a minister. On September 3, 2006, Rev. Riddick preached his initial sermon and was licensed as a Minister of the Gospel.In November, 2006, Rev. Riddick and his family moved back to Maryland and immediately rejoined Meridian Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC where he was given the opportunity to preach, teach bible study, baptize, serve communion, preach eulogies, and work with Pastor Cage on various day to day ministry tasks. Under the leadership of Pastor Calvin E. Cage, Sr., Rev. Riddick also led Men’s Discipleship and was the point of contact for outreach to neighborhood schools, and eventually became the Assistant to the Pastor, and was ordained in July 2013. After ordination, Rev. Riddick worked with Pastor Cage on a national level with the National Baptist Convention, USA in exhibits and concessions. After years of serving as Assistant Pastor, Rev. Riddick was elevated to Sr. Pastor of Cathedral of Christ Baptist Church in 2019.
While serving as pastor of Cathedral of Christ Baptist Church, Rev. Riddick worked in the community to help empower its people. Ministries such as noon day Bible Study, Thursday Feeding Ministry where upwards of 200 families are fed and the Second Time Around Clothes Closet was a highlight of his pastoral ministry.In the fall of 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, God’s spiritual intervention brought Rev. Riddick and Pastor Slade together in a mentor relationship during Pastor Slade’s retirement. Not knowing that God was calling the two of them to work together in ministry, after much prayer and upon the approval of the board members of Genesis Covenant Church, along with blessings from Pastor Calvin Cage, Pastor Riddick accepted the call of God to Pastor Genesis Covenant Church alongside Senior Pastor Robert Slade.
Reverend Riddick is married to the former Cheryl A. Dozier and is the proud father of Kenya, Chanelle, Danyelle and Daryl II (Deuce). Reverend Riddick is a deeply devoted man of God who is committed to his family and to empowering God’s people. As a God-chosen minister, his goal is to lead as many people to Christ as possible through expressions of love and humility. One of Rev. Riddick’s favorite scriptures is Matthew 5:16. “Let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and, glorify your Father who is in Heaven.”