On February 26, 2008, members of the congregation of the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church (ASBC), Alexandria, VA, celebrated their first anniversary of electing Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley as its pastor. He was installed as the 8th pastor of Alfred Street on Sunday, September 28, 2008. Rev. Wesley is only the 8th pastor in the 205 year history of this church. He is married to Debbie McCain Wesley, and they are the proud parents of two sons, Howard-John, II and Cooper Reece.
Since taking the pulpit in April 2008, over 1,000 have joined in fellowship with the Alfred Street Baptist Church family.
Dr. Wesley is a 1994 magna cum laude graduate of Duke University where he doubled majored in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering. After his first year in medical school, he yielded to God's call once again and walked away from a medical career to attend seminary in preparation for serving God's people. He attended the Boston University School of Theology where he was a Martin L. King, Jr. Scholar and a 1997 summa cum laude graduate concentrating on Biblical Studies and African-American religious history.
His passion for preaching and learning led him to the Associated Chicago Theological School's Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program where he graduated from the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary with his Doctor of Ministry degree in 2003. His thesis, ?Prescriptive Preaching: Effective Homiletical Methodology for the Next Generation of Black Churchgoers? is now being prepared for publication. Rev. Wesley has also completed post-doctoral studies at Oxford University in Oxford, England and has served as an adjunct professor of homiletics at Boston University and an adjunct professor of church administration at Hartford Seminary.