The National Baptist Convention (NBC), an affiliation of Baptist churches throughout the United States, has selected the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. as the site for its 2020 Convention, according to the Rev. Charles W. McNeill, Jr., president of the National Capital Baptist Convention, a local chapter of the NBC.

McNeill, who is the senior pastor of Unity Baptist Church in Northeast Washington D.C., says he sealed the deal for the convention two weeks ago at a board meeting in Birmingham, Ala. The Convention annually attracts more than 20,000 people from across the nation. According to McNeill, a convention has never been held in Prince George’s County. The 2018 Convention is scheduled for Cincinnati.

“We are very excited about what this means for our convention and for our county in terms of tax dollars and exposure,” said McNeill. “Everyone is very excited about this and we are confident we are going to be a great host for the convention. As we learn them, more details will be forthcoming.”

The conventional annually attracts nationally known speakers, elected officials and provides workshops on issues that impact parishioners and the Black community.

“We are in the perfect location for this type of convention,” McNeill said. “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase all the great things that we have going on in the county.”