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Plan Your Visit

Allow us to simplify your visit.

Be our guest and take the parking spaces in the front. Look for spaces in the front that are perpendicular to the building marked 1st Time Guest VIP.  Stop by Guest Central located in the lobby and let us know you're new.  We'd love to get to know you and place a welcome gift in your hands - our way of saying, "We're glad you're here!"

Sunday service times

9:30 & 11:15am

Sign up for FirstStep

We highly recommend that all newcomers attend FirstStep, where you'll meet new friends, get your questions answered, and learn all about what Damascus Road has to offer.  Learn more.

Get all the details about in-person worship services and check out these frequently asked questions.

Got questions?


At Damascus Road Community Church, we are passionate about providing you with the best first experience possible during your time with us. You may have some questions before you step through our doors so we'd like to address some common ones here.

Where do I go?

We want everyone who comes through our doors to feel welcome! When you approach our parking lots, you will be greeted by our friendly Parking Team who will direct you to available parking spaces. After being greeted by our Welcome Team at one of our three entrances into the building, we'd like to encourage you to visit our Welcome Center in the center of the lobby. Here you'll find a small gift waiting for you, our way of saying "We're glad you're here!" Our Welcome Center Team can answer your questions about our ministries, outreaches and upcoming events.

What do I do with my kids?

Children birth through 5th grade may be checked in at DR KIDS, our special program just for children, which is located near the Connection Cafe in the lobby on Sundays at 9:30 and 11:15am. Damascus Road also has a specially designed program for children with disabilities online. Just stop at the DR KIDS booth in the lobby for more information about check-in procedures. Our trained staff and volunteers have been background-checked and are ready to engage with your child. Learn more.

What do you believe?

Our Statement of Beliefs 1. The Bible (Old and New Testament) is the divinely inspired Word of God. It is perfect for its purpose and its purpose is to reunite us to God as His children through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 3:15). Therefore we submit our reason and will to the authority of Scripture. All Scripture points to Jesus Christ (Luke 24:25-27; 44-49; John 5:39-40), who reveals the heart and character of God (John 10:30; 14:6-10). The revelation of Jesus Christ and His church in the New Testament is the inspired fulfillment and final interpretation of all God revealed to Israel in the Old Testament. The truth of Scripture is our basis for teaching, correction and training in righteousness. It guides our relationship with God now and points us to the complete restoration of humanity and creation in eternity.
(Matthew 4:4; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:19-21; 3:2; Isaiah 55:8-11) 2. There is one eternal, holy God, infinite, personal and knowable, who has revealed Himself in the Trinity (tri-unity) of three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit—each of Whom possesses all the attributes of deity. Our God is worthy of our complete trust, worship and obedience.
(Genesis 1:1-2, 26; John 1:1-4; Deuteronomy. 6:4-5; Hebrews 1:1-2; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians. 13:14; Ephesians 2:18, 22; Romans 8 portrays the interwoven work of the Trinity) 3. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, fully human and fully divine, was born of a virgin and was sinless in nature and life. He died on the Cross bearing the penalty for our sins, then rose victorious over death from the grave. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, plus nothing, is the Gospel: the one, all-sufficient basis of human salvation. Eternal life is God’s gift of grace for all who trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
(Romans 6:23; 4:25-5:1; 3:20-26; Matthew 1:21-23; John 3:16-18, 36; 6:40; Isaiah 53:4-12; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; 15:1-4; Ephesians 2:4-8; 2 Timothy 1:8-10; Hebrews 9:26-28; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18; 1 John 5:10-13; Revelation 1:5-6) 4. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin and our need for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. He then unites the believer to the Body of Christ [His church], making real and effective all that Christ promised in the believer’s life. The power of the indwelling Holy Spirit enables us to obey and share the Lord Jesus Christ; calling us to purity, faithfulness and integrity in every area of our lives. The Holy Spirit also imparts gifts to every believer for works of ministry, but no one spiritual gift is the necessary evidence of salvation or of being filled with the Holy Spirit.
(John 14:15-18; 16:7-15; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2:18, 22; 4:30; Romans 8:5-16; Acts 1:4-8; 2:38-39; Luke 11:13; Zechariah 4:6; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11) 5. Full devotion to Jesus as Lord is our joyful response to God’s gift of salvation. Genuine discipleship to Christ flows from our security in Christ. It is the Spirit-led fruit of receiving Christ’s salvation—never the root of salvation. Scripture teaches that our fruit (character and actions) is judged only to reveal the true root of our life (self or the Savior). The highest evidence of a life rooted in Christ is self-sacrificing love.
(Matthew 7:16-24; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Ephesians 2:8-10; John 13:34-35; Romans 8:3-4; Galatians 5:16-25; Titus 2:11-14 and 3:4-8; Jude 3-4, 17-19; Revelation 22:12-17) 6. We are a part of the universal Body of Christ—all those who trust Jesus as Lord and Savior. Every congregation gathered around the risen Lord and empowered by His Spirit for mutual growth, encouragement, evangelism, service and worship is a local expression of Christ’s universal church. In obedience to Christ we express our faith in Him through the signs of the New Covenant: Baptism by immersion in water and celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
(Matthew 16:16-19; Ephesians 3:10-12; 4:4-6, 15-16; Colossians 1:18-24; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; 1 Peter 2:4-10; Revelation 2-3; Matthew 26: 26-29; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-11) 7. The Kingdom of God, ushered in by Christ at His first Advent, will be fully realized (visibly and physically) at His Second Coming. Christ will appear in glory to end human suffering, to resurrect the dead, to receive all those who are His and to destroy those who refuse His salvation.
(Hebrews 9:26-28; Matthew 13:39-43; 24:27-31; 25:31-34; John 5:24-29; 6:39-40; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10; 2 Peter 2:6)

What are your core values?

Our elders believe for our church to remain a healthy prevailing church, the following core values must continue to define who we are as Christ’s followers and what we are about.

1. We Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing

The cross of Christ defines our life in Christ. Therefore, Jesus and His finished work on the cross is at the heart of all we do. God welcomes us as we are, but His love and grace transforms us over time to become more like Jesus. We are all on a journey and each of us has a next right step.

2. We are a Mission-Driven Church

God has called us to be a light. We partner with other churches and organizations to bring hope and transformation in our region and our world where we have been called to engage in.

3. We are a Community-Focused Church

We were designed to live in community. Weekly large gatherings of anointed teaching and worship and authentic, caring relationships in small groups create genuine community. We want to be a community people run to—not from—in their struggles.

4. We Focus on the Essentials

We prize unity by focusing on our mission and core biblical beliefs. We are known for what we are for, not what we are against. We refuse to allow non-essential issues to divide our church.

5. We are Equally Ministers of Jesus Christ

As Christ’s followers, we are each called to serve others through our unique spiritual giftedness. We do ministry in a way that speaks to our culture without compromising the truth of God’s Word.

What do I wear?

Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable! At Damascus Road, you will see anything from biker jackets to business suits and everything in between.

What are your services like?

Our services begin with a segment of singing and praise led by one of four rotating, contemporary bands. You will hear a relevant message by one of our pastors or leaders.

Where are you located?

The Damascus Road Campus is located at 12826 Old National Pike in Mount Airy, MD (map). Our long driveway leads you to our facility with ample parking.

What is your position on women in leadership?

There are various interpretations of the Biblical perspective on the role of women in positions of ministry servant-leadership (which is the only type of leadership Jesus recognizes, Luke 22:24-27). Download our white paper for a full explanation:

What are your beliefs about Christian marriage?

Download our Positional Papers on Biblical marriage for a full explaination.

When do you meet?

Our regular adult worship services are presently held on Sundays at 9:30 and 11:15 am online and in-person. Children's programs (DR KIDS) runs at the same time as the service. Middle School meets Sundays at Damascus Road at 6:00-7:30 pm and High School's weekly program is meeting Wednesdays at Kemptown Park at 6:00-8:00 pm. Haven, our special offering for children and adults with disabilities is each Saturday via Zoom at 4:00 pm.

Thinking about getting married?

Email us at damascus@damascus.com for more information about venue, pre-marital counseling, and wedding services.




The Elders provide spiritual oversight for the church. They assure that the church remains on a true course biblically and that the congregation is being fed through sound biblical teaching. They encourage and support ministries, and they guard the unity of the church against heresy and division.


The Trustees oversee the legal and financial aspects of the church and matters pertaining to facilities and staff employment. They have marketplace expertise which they use collectively to serve the congregation in ensuring that the church’s financial resources are being stewarded to advance God’s Kingdom.


The Staff directs the day-to-day affairs of the church. All ministries are coordinated by the staff, who work to use the spiritual gifts, efforts, and time of the many ministry volunteers and teams.  Directors and support staff can also be found on each ministry page they oversee on this website. 

Marti Horne

Director of Connections


Sherida Kernslong

Admin Assistant for Connections, Welcome

& Congregational Care Ministries