First Baptist Church of Glenarden won the award for Best Church at the 10th Annual Hoodie Awards, a ceremony created by comedian Steve Harvey and television and radio producer Rushion McDonald.

“We are honored and humbled to receive the Hoodie Award for ‘Best Church.’ There are numerous and very deserving churches that could have easily won. I think that people are hungry and thirsty for a change in their lives,” said the church’s senior pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. This is the third consecutive year that FBCG has won the award.

Steve Harvey (Marvin Joseph/WASHINGTON POST)

The Hoodie Awards, described on its Web site as “the Oscars with an urban flair,” celebrate black organizations and people making an impact in their communities. The event took place Aug. 2-5.

Some of the other categories included Best Beauty Salon, Best BBQ Restaurant, Best Community Leader and Best School Teacher.

Jenkins, who has been licensed to preach since he was 15, believes his church is popular — more than 10,000 members attend — because it makes the Bible’s teaching relevant to the everyday lives of his congregation. The fact that First Baptist Church of Glenarden provides over 100 different ministries doesn’t hurt, either, he says.

“At FBCG, we are catalysts to help them become ‘dynamic disciples’ and followers of Jesus Christ. The life-changing testimonies that we hear on a daily basis are a testament to the power of God,” he said.

The events surrounding the Hoodie Awards included Steve Harvey’s last stand-up comedy show, an interactive product expo and performances by Estelle, John Legend, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Keith Sweat, Robin Thicke and more.

Other local winners were Moon’s Barbershop in Annapolis (Best Barbershop), Oxon Hill High School chearleading coach Latrisha Perkins (Best High School Coach), Salon Couture in District Heights (Best Nail Salon) and Carolina Kitchen Bar and Grill in Hyattsville (Best Soul Food).

With First Baptist Church of Glenarden becoming such a frequent winner of the Hoodie Awards, Jenkins believes his church is on the right path. There are no plans to change its direction.

“We’re going to continue to be an impact on community, to spread gospel of Christ and that people can be forgiven for their sins, and to develop people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures to be the best that God wants them to be,” says Jenkins.


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