The Reverend Rodney A. Teal, Esq. proudly serves as the Pastor of the historic Jerusalem Baptist Church of Washington, DC (Old Georgetown). Prior to assuming pastoral duties at Jerusalem, Rev. Teal served as Executive Assistant to the Senior Minister (Rev. Dr. Leonard N. Smith) at the Mount Zion Baptist Church (Arlington, VA). Rev. Teal was licensed by the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church (Alexandria, VA) A multi-gifted member of the Body of Christ, Rev. Teal has been intimately involved in ministry for more than 30 years as a church administrator, minister of music, preacher, author and teacher. He is an attorney and has worked as a litigator, clerk of court, and court administrator. In addition, he serves as an adjunct instructor at the Lancaster Bible College (Political Science & Business Law).
Rev. Teal has earned a Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering) from VPI&SU (Virginia Tech), a Master of Business Administration from Radford University, a Juris Doctor from Washington & Lee University, and a Master of Divinity from Howard University. His passion is preaching – from pulpit, choir stand, or lecture podium – trumpeting the Word of the Lord with power, clarity, and integrity.
Pastor Teal has been privileged to proclaim the Word of God in pulpits in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland and in venues as varied as the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference; the Christian Education Summit of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.; the Greater Washington Christian Education Association; the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA); and the City-Wide Revival (Washington, DC). His ground-breaking work on the practical theology of praise and worship is published in Readings in African American Church Music and Worship, Volume 2, ed. James Abbington (GIA Publications 2014).
Rev. Teal currently serves as Treasurer of the Baptist Convention of DC & Vicinity and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Missionary Baptist Ministers’ Conference of DC & Vicinity.
He is also a member of the Senior Support Staff of the GMWA, serving as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Board (Bishop Albert L. Jamison, Sr.) with responsibilities ranging from contract negotiation and fiscal planning to music review and management of the Performance Division. In addition, Pastor Teal lends his homiletic, administrative and musical talents to the Kingdom work of many other denominational, religious, and civic organizations.
Pastor Teal is married to The Reverend Monica Adair Teal, M.Div. (also an ordained minister). They are the parents of four wonderful children Elizabeth (a graduate of Old Dominion University), James (a graduate of Florida Memorial University), Ann (a graduate of Hampton University), and Michael (a 12th grader). They are also proud grandparents of "LJ," their son James' son. Pastor Teal and his family reside in Alexandria, Virginia.