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Pastor Taye Hailu

Dr. Doug White

Pastor Taye Hailu was called to preach and teach the Gospel in January 1996, under the leadership of Pastor Carey E. Pointer, Jr. of Greater Fellowship Full Gospel Baptist Church. He accepted his call and preached his initial sermon on August 11, 1996.


Pastor Hailu believes and operates on the principle as spoken by the prophet Hosea, “My people perish for the lack of knowledge…” (Hosea 4:6). Because of his belief and with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Hailu has become a mentor to many youth and young adults in the Washington, DC metropolitan area: and an extraordinary teacher with a passion to share Jesus Christ with others. Pastor Hailu is also a gifted and powerful motivational speaker, always willing to share the good news of Jesus Christ and encourage those needing a Word from the Lord.


In August of 2011, Pastor Hailu obeyed his call to start New Direction Church (NDC). NDC first service was held on November 6, 2011. 

Dr. Doug White has been the pastor of Whitehall Baptist Church in Accokeek, MD since 2011.  He previously pastored Grace Baptist Church in Cumberland, MD and Faith Chapel in Johnstown, PA.  Dr. White has a Master of Divinity from Liberty Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, VA and a Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary in Lithonia, GA.  

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