Meet the Senior Pastor


Our Senior Pastor










Dr. Emil Peeler

Emil Dean Peeler was born and reared in Sacramento, California, the third son of the late Arlie and Thomasina Peeler. He attended Oakwood University and is a graduate of Loma Linda University (Bachelor of Arts), Andrews University (Master of Divinity), and Claremont School of Theology (Doctor of Ministry). He shares his life with his wife, Brenda, and three young adult daughters; La Donna, Nicole, and Alisha, and one grandson, Jeremiah Emil.

For over 35 years, Dr. Peeler has served in various positions of leadership in the body of Christ and broader community-most notably as pastor, conference evangelist, author, associate ministerial director, college professor, executive director of Westside Brighter Vision Foundation, and director of Church Growth and Evangelism of Southeastern California Conference. He has served in the role of senior pastor at Compton Community SDA Church (Compton, CA), Sixteenth Street SDA Church (San Bernardino, CA), Maranatha SDA (San Diego, CA), and Dupont Park SDA in Washington, DC.

In July of 2016 he returned to Washington DC, and was installed as the senior pastor of the Capitol Hill SDA Church where the Lord has recently led the congregation to acquire a $1.9 million property to further the churches outreach initiatives. Additionally, he is engaged as an international evangelist and as Adjunct Professor at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, MD.

Dr. Peeler is in constant demand as a preacher, mentor, motivational speaker and leadership and church growth consultant worldwide. Because of his love, passion, and gift for teaching God’s Word, he has been blessed to preach in the Philippines, Africa, England, Korea, Jamaica, Bahamas, Trinidad and Canada. He has also written books and produced music, and has been involved as a musical consultant for several noteworthy projects that have been critically acclaimed. His latest product is the FaithFacts Bible Lesson Series which were written for those seeking to know more about God’s Word. Thus far, the Lord has allowed him to share in the blessing of baptizing over 6,700 people into church fellowship.

His ministry motto is: “When you build people, you build the Kingdom.”