The Beacon Center



The Beacon Center is just one of God’s possibilities offered for God’s people to live in a prized neighborhood: honored, cherished, revered and affordable to all. The vision for this project was given to Pastor Daniels when he was picking up his dry cleaning at Tony’s Cleaners that used to be across from the church. In that vision, God began speaking of what a real church should be all about. A church that not only praises God on Sundays, but a group of people who love their neighbors so much that they would work to meet the needs of those around them 24/7 physically, emotionally, spiritually, relationally and financially. This is real church: when the total needs of a community are met by a people who believe that with Jesus Christ all things are possible.

The Beacon Center is an impactful multipurpose housing, congregational and community development project launched by the Emory United Methodist Church and its 501(c)(3) community development organization, The Emory Beacon of Light, Inc. The Beacon Center will provide spaces and places to transition people from homelessness to permanent residency. It will provide families, veterans and senior citizens with affordable rental housing. It will be a resource for the community through its multi-purpose space, full-service banquet facility, office leasing space, services and commercial development. All of this will be created around a newly renovated 500-seat multipurpose sanctuary and community theatre with underground parking.

We look to the Beacon Center to change the landscape of commercial development and the quality of living along Georgia Avenue. More than that, we celebrate the vision that God gave us about what real church looks like in our community. All proceeds from Pastor Daniel’s first book, Begging for REAL Church, go toward The Beacon Center.

Our architects have a strong history of affordable housing and community transformation projects across the country and in Washington, DC (Torti Gallas and Partners). They have simplified the project and building in two phases.

  • Building A includes: 15 Transitional Family Housing Units and 45 Affordable Family Housing Units
  • Building B includes: 32 Permanent Supportive Housing for Veterans and 17 Transitional Housing Units for single men

Our co-developer, The Community Builders, is one of the largest nonprofit developers in the country.

Upon completion, The Beacon Center will have total square footage of 175,781.  The estimated cost is $55.3 million.  Click here for our fact sheet! beacon center logos Current Updates:

See why The Beacon Center is one of the best real estate deals of 2016!

Groundbreaking Ceremony with Mayor Muriel Bowser occurred on October 7, 2016 on “The Hill”, 6100 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20011. EBOL Groundbreaking Collage2 Media Coverage:

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Thanks be to the Lord, the author and finisher of our faith!

Join us for Sunday worship at 8:45am and 11:00am at Brightwood Education Campus, 1300 Nicholson Street NW, Washington, DC 20011, while The Beacon Center is being completed.