Don Hayes was installed as Pastor of the Oakland Baptist Church April 2, 2006. A native of Washington, DC, he is the 9th pastor in the 120 year history of the Oakland Baptist Church. He and his wife, Gloria, have two adult children – Kianna and Quentin.

Pastor Hayes has shown himself to be a capable teacher; nonetheless, he continues to be teachable and is a strong advocate for education and training. Most recently, he has received his MDIV from Liberty University and he holds a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Johns Hopkins University. He is passionate about proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, making the Word of God relevant in the lives of believers, and building the Kingdom of God in the congregation and community.

A resident of Alexandria, Virginia, Pastor Hayes has been employed with the Alexandria Police Department since 1981 and currently serves as Captain and Chaplain for the Department. During his tenure, he received numerous awards – including Officer of the Year.

“I think that sometimes we always look at the missions outside of the United States and there’s nothing wrong with that, but we’re missing an opportunity to help people right next door to us who don’t get meals every day.”

-Pastor Hayes, Oakland Baptist Church