We enlist, empower and involve people who share a passion for social justice and a common purpose of serving the disadvantaged and marginalized.
Located in Bethesda, MD, the Briggs Center for Faith & Action is a 501(c)(3) charitable and non-sectarian religious organization created in 2006 out of the former Briggs Memorial Baptist Church upon the reorganization of the church.
Whether you have questions about an ESL class, need help from our immigration services legal clinic, want to help make sandwiches for Martha's Table, are curious to learn more about hospitality opportunities via the Carpenter's House, or something else entirely, we want to hear from you.
Tim Tutt is the new, part-time Executive Director of the Briggs Center. He also continues to serve as the Senior Minister at the nearby Westmoreland Congregational UCC. He has a deep connection to the Briggs Center, having joined the Briggs Church in 1992 and served as its Associate Minister from 1996-2001 while attending Wesley Seminary. He was instrumental in the early days of the ESL program and now brings new energy and ideas to a new decade and new era at the Briggs Center.
Ferew Haile was a human rights lawyer in Ethiopia prior to moving to the United States. He completed his Master’s Degree in International Law at American University. He obtained the U.S. Department of Justice’s official accreditation to provide legal services at the Briggs Center and has gained extensive experience assisting immigrants and refugees.
ESL Program Director
Stacey Fannon became director of the English as Second Language (ESL) program in 2017. Under her leadership the program has grown even stronger, registering 225 students in 2018-2019. Stacey holds a Master's degree in molecular biology from Johns Hopkins University. She lives locally with her husband Casey and their three teenage daughters.
Social Justice, activist, author, journalist and commentator, Rev. Dr. Bob Maddox directed the Briggs Center since its creation in 2006 until his retirement in 2019. He spent much of his career as a Baptist minister, most recently at Westmoreland UCC. He also served as a speechwriter and religious liaison for President Jimmy Carter and as executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In collaboration with MCAEL, the Briggs Center offers a comprehensive, free ESL (English as Second Language) program. Established in 1998, we serve approximately 310 students from 49 countries meeting in 15 clusters weekly.
The Briggs Center provides monthly and quarterly nutritional assistance to Martha’s Table in Washington, DC, made possible by volunteers from local churches and the larger community.
Since 2009, we have partnered with a United Church of Christ congregation on the Arizona/Mexico border as part of a broad Southwest coalition dedicated to change and justice in the Nation’s immigration policies.
The Carpenter’s House is a place of hospitality, education and spiritual reflection. We welcome visiting national and international youth groups, scholars, clergy, and others in the city for events consistent with our mission.
Since 2014, we have supported this organic coffee coop that enables families to remain in their Mexico homeland and make a better living for themselves, and profits are sent to the Frontera de Cristo ministry in Arizona to assist migrants.
Briggs Center for Faith & Action
5148 Massachusetts Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20816