7234 Lansdale St.; District Heights, MD; 20747  (301) 736-7872

Pastor and First Lady


Dr. Bobby Manning proudly serves as the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of District Heights. Under his leadership, the church has grown significantly in number as well as local and global impact. Dr. Manning is widely considered a “pastor of the community” as he leads FBCDH to continued service to the physical and spiritual needs of the residents of the Metropolitan DC area.

In response to God’s call to ministry at the young age of 16, Dr. Manning immediately sought out the necessary training to sharpen his ministerial gifting. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) in Religion from Campbell University, a Master of Theology degree (Th.M.) from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min) from Regent University. While matriculating Dr. Manning received several awards and distinctions, including the Reuben S. Connor Award from Dallas Seminary, which honors the student with exemplary study of and ministry to the African-American Community.

Dr. Manning was licensed to the gospel ministry and ordained at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden (FBCG) by his mentor and spiritual covering, Pastor John K. Jenkins, Sr. While at FBCG, he served as Special Assistant to the Pastor and Young-Adult Pastor.

God has allowed Dr. Manning’s ministry to extend across the U.S. and overseas. A strong teacher of the Scriptures, he has also served as an adjunct professor at institutions such as Washington Bible College and Bethel Seminary.

Dr. Manning is a native of the Washington, D.C. area where he and his wife LaVera currently reside with their three sons Levi, Reuben and Joseph.

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LaVera Manning is the devoted wife of the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of District Heights, Dr. Bobby Manning. She enjoys being a homemaker and mother to their sons Levi, Reuben and Joseph.

LaVera received Christ as her personal Savior in February 2002 and immediately sought to grow in her walk with God and understanding of Scripture by connecting with Plumbline Ministries, a college ministry of Denton Bible Church. Plumbline played a huge role in shaping her growth in the Lord and her ministry values.

LaVera earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of North Texas in 2005. LaVera is a gifted teacher having taught grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. She has also worked in the medical field as a licensed pharmacy technician.

LaVera’s passion in ministry is the discipleship and development of women within the local church. She currently serves First Baptist in leadership of the Ladies Ministry, coordinating its varied events and discipleship efforts for women of all ages. She has also used her teaching gift to co-teach conference and retreat sessions with her husband.