The Reverend Dr. Paul H. Saddler
The Reverend Dr. Paul H. Saddler is the beloved Senior Pastor of Twelfth Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) located in the District of Columbia. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and holds standing in the order of ministry in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. The Reverend Dr. Saddler is the 11th Senior Pastor of Twelfth Street Christian Church.
Dr. Saddler celebrates an abiding love for Jesus Christ and His church. Dr. Saddler was raised in the church. He is the second of three children born to his parents, John and Mary Saddler. His father was a Baptist Deacon and his mother a devout Episcopalian and Sunday school teacher. Dr. Saddler believes that the church is obligated by commission to promote faith centered ministries that influence the spiritual growth and thought development of those seeking a deeper understanding of the Christian faith. Dr. Saddler believes that the mission of the church should include the encouragement of individual responsibility, life achievement and community engagement. He believes that the ministry of church should be a visible, viable and reliable source in helping to promote healthy communities worldwide. As a Pastor, Dr. Saddler believes that the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the key to self-worth, self-control, freedom and success.
Dr. Saddler is a graduate of the esteemed Gill/ St. Bernard's Preparatory School in Gladstone, New Jersey. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of New Rochelle at the New York Theological Seminary in Manhattan and received a Master of Divinity Degree from Howard University, School of Divinity in the District of Columbia. Dr. Saddler earned his Doctoral Degree at Wesley Theological Seminary in the District of Columbia. His thesis, "Whatever It Takes" offers useful and practical methods that churches and other agencies can use to help reduce youth violence and unrest in "hot spot" areas in the District of Columbia. Dr. Saddler attends continuing education at The Erdman Center at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.
Dr. Saddler's ministry has been influenced by three devout ministers of the gospel. The Reverend Rex Whiteman, Director of Mission Services at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission who guided Dr. Saddler's passion for ministering to the poor and the needy . The Reverend Dr. Herbert Daughtry, Senior Pastor, The House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn, New York whose teachings inspired Dr. Saddler regarding the political impact of the gospel and the role of the minister in the struggle for justice and peace. The Reverend Dr. Kenny Smith, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Vienna, Virginia, who instructed Dr. Saddler concerning the role of clergy as pastor and preacher and how to do well, the work of the Lord. Dr. Saddler's ministerial experiences have crossed every sector of society. He served as a volunteer Chaplain in the local jail, he served eight years as the Executive Minister of the Shaw Community Ministry in the District of Columbia where he provided services to low-income families. He served as the Director of a Homeless Shelter for Men and by invitation, was the guest speaker at the United States Supreme Court Justice's Prayer Breakfast. He served as pulpit supply minister at Heritage United Church of Christ, Baltimore and Interim Pastor at Amistad St. Paul United Church of Christ, Lanham, Maryland. Dr. Saddler's favorite Bible verse is recorded by King David, "How good and pleasant it is to see brothers live together in unity." Psalm 133:1
Dr. Saddler is a member of the Board of Directors of the Thurgood Marshall Center Trust in the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Ward 1 Ministers Task Force, Wednesday Clergy Group and the Kappa Clergy Group. Dr. Saddler is a member of the Washington (DC) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is married to The Honorable Fern Flanagan Saddler and they are residents of the District of Columbia.