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Tribute to the late Apostle Betty P. Peebles

Former Senior Pastor of the Jericho City of Praise Church, Landover, Maryland
Today's blog features a tribute to one of the nation's greatest female religious leaders and History Makers, Apostle Betty P. Peebles.  
1944 -- 2010
Betty Poindexter Peebles was born in Washington, D.C. on October 5, 1944. She received her early education in
the DC Public School System. She went on to graduate from Howard University with a Bachelors of Science
degree in Accounting Finance and a Masters degree in Divinity. She also received a Doctorate of Divinity from
Wilbur Waters School of Divinity.
Standing along side her husband, the late Bishop James R. Peebles, they started a small church in
Washington, D.C. in 1964. Together they worked to build a strong presence in their church's community
of Washington, D.C. and then later, the Landover and surrounding community in Maryland.  Jericho Church has
now grown into a large campus of more than 150 acres housing a 10,000 seat sanctuary, a school for
pre-kindergarten to High School students, a Christian college, and an administrative office building.  The church
also owns a senior assisted living facility found not far from the church campus.  Jericho City of Praise, which
is located adjacent to Fedex Field where the National Football League's Washington Redskins play, leases parking spaces to season ticket holders during the season.  What an innovative way to get an offering!  The Washington Post said of Betty Peebles, "[She] distinguished herself not only as a visionary who saw
the expanded role her church could play, but also as one of very few women to helm a megachurch. By 
2004, she had become the only woman leading any of the country's largest 100 churches." 

Apostle Peebles endured great tragedy in the lost of her husband during the building process of the
Landover location and the subsequent deaths of two of her three sons, James Jr. (affectionately known as Jaime)
and John. Her eldest son, Jaime, died less than four months after her husband's death.  In the midst of grief
and sickness, she continued to teach, caste vision, and pour into the members and community of  the Jericho City
of Praise. Personally, I will remember Apostle Peebles as one who continually proclaimed that "Jesus Is Lord!".  
Her son, Joel R. Peebles, Sr.  has succeeded his mother as Senior Pastor of the church.  

By V. Nona Ogunsula