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About Us

We are the First Agape A.M.E. Zion Church at Gibson Grove at 7700 Seven Locks Road in Bethesda, MD under the leadership of Rev Edgar S. Bankhead Sr.  

Our Pastor

Pastor Edgar S. Bankhead is an anointed, committed biblical scholar leading First Agape A.M.E. Zion Church at Gibson Grove. He has devoted over 46 years to ministry. He is married to D. Judith Bankhead, a licensed Professional Counselor. They have three adult sons. For more information about Pastor Bankhead.

Our Mission

We honor the covenant of 1898 that Sarah Gibson made with the Lord by rebuilding Gibson Grove Church through worship, education, fellowship, and mending the breach from the community through outreach and inclusiveness.


The church building is more than 100 years old and held the second oldest congregation in the Cabin John community. It is named after Sarah Gibson, a former slave from Virginia who migrated to the area shortly after the Civil War. The Church is now a historic site.

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