Pastor David McIntosh-Peters is married to Alcenia, has four children, LaRita, Courtney, Michelle, and David, and two grandchildren, Ayanna and Rhyan. He is a native of Trinidad & Tobago and a former educator in the District of Columbia Public Schools. Before being called as the 14th pastor of Salem Baptist Church, he served as the Assistant to Pastor Tyrone Queen at Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.
His S.H.A.P.E. – spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and employment (calling) – identifies him principally as a pastor-teacher and encourager. At his core, he demonstrates responsibility, restoration, and learning. His abilities rely on interpersonal, intrapersonal, and kinesthetic intelligences and communication skills. His personality tends toward a visionary developer who is a steady influence on a leadership team without being overbearing. Overall, his calling is towards social, investigative, and artistic means where he can tangibly help people and creatively solve problems.
He has earned a bachelor’s degree from Howard University, a master’s degree from Regent University, and is matriculating towards a doctor of philosophy at Capital Seminary & Graduate School. He is also trained in Biblical Leadership, Character Education, Crisis Management, Christian Counseling and Discipleship, Conflict Mediation, Organizational Management, Personnel Supervision, and Prepare-Enrich Premarital and Marital Counseling.
Pastor McIntosh-Peters is a member of the Missionary Baptist Ministers Conference of Washington, D.C. and Vicinity, and a founding board member of PENDMV, Inc. – a community development non-profit that enriches the Washington, D.C. region, through sustainable, broad-based collaboration, providing educational, health-wellness, and economic empowerment initiatives. He also serves as a seminar director for Prepare-Enrich – a relationship building organization that both prepares facilitators for premarital and marital counseling, and provides couples and families with biblically-based counseling. Through these entities he is able to continually touch lives within the church and within the community with the compassion of Jesus Christ. He is confident that God “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Eph. 3:20).
Philosophy of Ministry
Pastor McIntosh-Peters’ philosophy of ministry is anchored in 2 Timothy 2. As such, he aspires to be strong in the grace of Christ Jesus as he commits God’s word to faithful people who will also be able to teach others.
He understands that he must be a good soldier of Christ Jesus who seeks to please Jesus without getting entangled in trivial pursuits. His goal is to strive so that others may obtain eternal salvation through Christ Jesus.
He endeavors to remind others of God’s Word and charge them before God not to argue over meaningless disputes. He knows that he must be diligent to present himself to God as one approved, a worker who is unashamed and who correctly teaches the word of truth. In doing so, he strives to avoid irreverent and empty speech, as an example of a special instrument of God who has been set apart and prepared for the useful work of the Master.
He pursues righteousness, faith, love, and peace, from a pure heart, and rejects foolish and ignorant disputes that breed quarrels. He knows that the Lord’s servant must not quarrel, but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach, and patient, instructing his opponents with gentleness in the hope that God will grant them repentance and the knowledge of the truth.
His leadership approach is best characterized as a servant-leader patterned after the Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 10:45). He knows that wise leaders lead and serve in a manner that is both harmonious with the community and considerate of those whom they lead. As a result, he embraces a preference for team ministry that allows for congregational input and taps into the collective energy of the total body.
Finally, Pastor McIntosh-Peters sees himself as a shepherd after God’s own heart who is called to lead and feed God’s people (Jeremiah 3:15). In order to be a good shepherd, he focuses his time on prayer, preparation, preaching, teaching, visitation, counseling, planning, and administration.