Christ Our Shepherd Church (COSC) came about as a result of a large homegroup whose members met on a regular basis in prayer and who came together to seek God's guidance. In the spring of 1987 the group asked Stuart McAlpine to become their pastor and the first worship service was held at Georgetown Lutheran Church on Wisconsin Avenue. Since that time, COSC has been guided by the words in Acts, 2:42: "...They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." The church met in space provided by the Capital Memorial Seventh Day Adventist church for nine years and Calvary Baptist Church in Chinatown for two years. In 1998, by God's provision, COSC purchased an 1890's stone Romanesque church building in the ethnically diverse neighborhood of Capitol Hill. We are in the ongoing process of renovating the building. Our desire is to be a "house of prayer for all nations" and a blessing to the community.



We are an inter-denominational congregation committed to the authority of the Word of God, the Lordship of the Son of God, the work of the Spirit of God, and the mission of the church of God. We confess together the historic faith of the Christian Church as expressed in the Apostles and Nicene Creeds, and we subscribe to the Lausanne Covenant as an expression of our commitment to tell others about Jesus. 




Foundational Core Value = LOVE

Rooted & Grounded in LOVE (Eph 3:17)

Our Mission

"They devoted themselves to the aposltes' teaching and to the fellowship ... they broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.  And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." - Acts 2:42-47

1. Know

To know God truly and experience Him intimately.




We plan to know through:

  • Worship
  • Sacraments
  • Prayer & Fasting
  • Study of the Bible

2. Grow

To grow together as a reconciled community in relationship with Jesus and each other.


We plan to grow through:

  • Discipleship
  • Fellowship
  • Shared Participation
  • Healing Prayer

3. Show

To show God's love in the power of the Holy Spirit through the words and works of Jesus.


We plan to show through:

  • Words & Works
  • Being Good Neighbors
  • Stewardship
  • Any and all means possible!

4. Sow

To sow God's Kingdom in the world.

We plan to sow through:

  • Justice and mercy ministry
  • Partnering with others
  • Evangelistic Engagement