National City Christian Church

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National City Christian Church

National City Christian Church, located on Thomas Circle in Washington, D.C., is the national cathedral for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), often abbreviated as the "Disciples of Christ" or "Christian Church". The denomination grew out of the Stone-Campbell Movement founded by Thomas Campbell and Alexander Campbell of Pennsylvania and West Virginia (then Virginia) and Barton W. Stone of Kentucky. The church currently hosts the Thomas Circle Singers, a chamber chorus that raises awareness and funds for charitable organizations located in Washington, D.C.

Architecture

The neoclassical church building was designed by John Russell Pope and completed in 1930. It is a contributing property to the Greater Fourteenth Street Historic District.

Notable members

Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States, occasionally attended National City Christian Church during his time as president and his state funeral was held here in 1973. However, his family had been staunchly Baptist and his wife, Lady Bird, was a devoted Episcopalian.

James Garfield, the 20th President of the United States, was a member of National City Christian Church in one of its previous buildings.

Building Activity

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