Everyone enjoys a good love story – one of passion, pursuit and sacrifice. First Baptist Church of Glenarden invites you to experience a theatrical depiction of the greatest love story ever told.

Through dramatic scenes, stunning visuals and stirring vocal performances, the original stage play “Witnesses to the Cross” gives audiences a vivid and moving portrayal of Christ’s passion-filled journey to the cross – seen through the eyes of the biblical characters who witnessed the miracles of His life and the sacrifice of His death.

With its universal themes of love, acceptance and redemption, “Witnesses to the Cross” is a story for all. This year audiences can look forward to new scenes, a smaller cast featuring new characters and a performance by Stellar Award-winning guest artist Bishop Jason Nelson!

This world-class production is free. Bring the entire family for an unforgettable encounter with an unforgettable, reckless and transformative love!


Friday, April 19 | 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 20 | noon

First Baptist Church of Glenarden Worship Center
600 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

All shows are free!



Bishop Jason Nelson pastors the Greater Bethlehem Temple Church, a thriving ministry in Randallstown, MD. However, he is one of the most recognized voices in gospel music and is considered to possess a rare gift in the Body of Christ as he releases the power of the presence of God. Jason established his vocal status and exceptional anointing in 2005 with the release of his first solo project, “I Shall Live.” Not only a gifted voice but a gifted songwriter, the songs written for this project propelled Jason onto the industry watch list. Marvin Sapp’s title track to the platinum recording “Thirsty” was composed by Jason. The highly anticipated “Shifting the Atmosphere” project, which was released May 22, 2013, gives insight to its audience with the application of praise and worship. Jason has also received a Stellar Award for Praise and Worship CD of theYear in 2013. Jason considers one of his greatest accomplishments to be his family: wife Tonya and children Jaelyn and Jason Christopher.

Writer &


Joshua Jenkins serves as director of First Baptist Church of Glenarden’s Drama Ministry and Young Adult Ministry. He is a graduate of Bowie State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Theater. Joshua is a former officer of the Prince George’s County Police Department, where he served for seven years, and has been making his wave as a playwright, director, spoken word artist and preacher for the last 13 years.

Joshua has worked with and directed with many icons in the gospel realm such as Kim Burrell, Isaac Carree, Anaysha Figueroa-Cooper, Sheri Jones-Moffett, The Walls Group, Anthony Brown, Y’Anna Crawley, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard and many other notable artists. Additionally, his work has been featured on the Stellar Gospel Music Awards show and across the country.

As a social-entrepreneur, Joshua is a motivational speaker committed to empowering people through creative arts. He is married to his beautiful wife Danielle and has two sons.



Praise & Worship


Scene 1 – The Plot

Scene 2 – The Last Supper

Scene 3 – The Garden

Scene 4 – On Trial

Scene 5 – Siblings of 5,000

Scene 6 – Pilate’s Judgement


Scene 7 – Crucify Him

Scene 8 – A Freed Barabbas

Scene 9 – My Son and Father

Scene 10 – Preparing Calvary

Scene 11 – Calvary


(In Order of Appearance)

Jesus – Derrick Murray

High Priest 1 – Victor Birks

High Priest 2 – Charles Brown

Elder – Edward Anderson

Judas – Roosevelt Butler

Peter – Daniel Young

James – Jalen Rosier

John – Charles Namasaka

Satan – Lia Yearwood

Witness 1 – Michele Woods

Witness 2 – Sherlita Queen

Witness 3 – Kisha Mason

Brother 1 – Mijan Credle

Brother 2 – Lee Jackson

Possessed – Willie Mull

Mother of the Dead – J’Lyn Henderson

Woman with the Issue of Blood – Kim Hunt

Mary – Jessica Harry

Martha – Jasmine Harry

Pilate – David Cobb

Chief Soldier – Antione Avery

Claudia – Monique Wingo

The Watcher – Kristin Hicks

Barabbas – Dennis Jones

Mary (Mother of Jesus) – Jade Gilchrist

Criminal 1 – Jalen Rosier

Criminal 2 – MiJan Credle

Mary Magdalene – Jacqueline Anderson


Joshua Jenkins


Dennies Simmons

Assistant Directors

Trent Clopton

Latisha Harrison

Yolanda Henry

Beverly Loper

Rob Loper

Katia Simpson

Cat Springfield

Robert Springfield

George Wells

Production Assistant

Linda Plater

Lead Vocalist

Bishop Jason Nelson

Music Director

Antone “Chooky” Caldwell


Anthony Miller

Reger “Ross” Smith

Duane Thomas

Brian Washington

Additional Vocalists

Keara Artis

Tammi Booze

Kevette Burwell

Garland Dabney

Marlette Dixon

Daniel Flack

Kala Flagg

Tamisha Grant

Brian Johnson

Melanie Sampson



Maritza Adonis

Sharonda Allens

Tony Bell

Sherri Braxton

Jerome Brown

Dale Butler

Hayword Corley

Stephanie Dunn

India Washington Ellis

Deja Epps

Nya Epps

Bethany Fussell

Additional Cast

Sheena Girty

Dariel Gray

Regina Hockaday

Mariah Jones

Shaleya Jones

Denise Keeling

Chuck Kemp

Darryl Lattimore

Bernadette Lewis

Yale Lewis

Richard Logan

Tierra Long



Kisha Mason

Gabbie Mganga

Flo Michel

A’Knia Myers

Jocelyn Pagan

Cheryl Pannell

Allison Pindell

Beyah Rembert

Charles Thompson

Alexis Williams

Rhonda Robinson Williams

Yvette Williams

Liturgical Dance Ministry

Kelli Browne

Miya P. Edwards

Chelsea Goodman

Felicia Harrison

Chantel M. Holloman

Elan Holston

Tacurra Kahrim

Kimberly Kirby

Latesha Love-Grayer

Gabrielle J. May

Shanae M. McLorin

Tara Miles

Nicole E. Murry

Claudia Oliver

Daeshanae Owens

Camille Pope

Tameika L. Reynaud

Regina Robertson

Sheryl Johnson Ross

Monét Ryles

Carla A. Schuman-Butler

Cynthia E. Sexton

Jaleesa Sharp

Tara Smith

Javelle R. Teate

Tisha Wells

Brielle Williams

Derrick Witherspoon

Banner Ministry

Anissa Brown

Phyllis Carpenter

Loretta Claye

Cheryl Council-Herbert

Wanda David

Corinda Davis

Inez Derden

Honor Foster

Betty Gooden

Jaden Gooden

Ida Jones

Jacques Jordan

LaVette Lee

Margaret Lee

Karen Long

Christina Louis-Colarin

Karen Matthews

Dorothy McKenzie

Rhonda Slade

Denise Williams

Pat Williams


Ashley Burke

Brittani Burroughs

Shannon Cooper

Rosalind “Roz” Kemp

Lou Juan Murray

Asia Nicholson

Tamisha Ottley

Beverly Peterson

Samara Wiley


“Witnesses to the Cross” is a theatrical depiction of the greatest true love story ever told. This dynamic stage play uses dramatic scenes, stunning visuals and stirring vocal performances to give audiences a vivid and moving portrayal of Jesus Christ’s passion-filled journey to the cross.

There will be two free showings of “Witnesses to the Cross.” Join us Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m., or Saturday, April 20, at noon. Both performances will be held at First Baptist Church of Glenarden’s Worship Center, 600 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD.

Admission to “Witnesses to the Cross” is completely free!

No tickets are required for admission to “Witnesses to the Cross.” Grab your friends and family and come enjoy a moving depiction of the greatest love story ever told.

The play was written for all ages. However, it does explore themes of betrayal and death that may be challenging for young children. Parents should use discretion based on their own comfort level and be prepared to have discussions with their children following the production.

The closest Metrorail stations to First Baptist Church of Glenarden are New Carrollton and Largo Town Center. Additional information about shuttle service from the stations to the church will be provided in the near future.
5:30 p.m. departure from New Carrollton and Largo metro stations
10:30 a.m. departure from New Carrollton and Largo metro stations
*Seniors will be contacted to arrange a separate pick-up.
**All passengers will be returned to the metro stations 30 minutes after the conclusion of each show.


If you have questions or need to speak with someone, feel free to call us at 301-773-3600 or send an email to