Pastor (Rev.) Eugene J. Washington was born on May 4, 1940 in Wilmont, Arkansas. The sixth out of eight children, he was reared in a household that was surrounded by love and taught to always “fear” God which meant living a life pleasing to God and to always put God first. During his adolescent years, he would preach to and eulogize the animals in the neighborhood, imitating the ministers of the local community churches, not realizing at the time that one day this would be the calling that God would have on his life.


Pastor Washington attended and graduated from Eastside High School in Eudora, Arkansas. Following his graduation, moved to Chicago where he attended Chicago Cooley Vocational Training and School of Electronic Trade. Thereafter, having a desire to one day become a barber and entrepreneur, relocated to Sacramento, California in 1962. Here he attended Molar Barber College and American River College. Upon his graduation and completion of college, he began acting on his aspirations of being a barber with the focus of owning his very own barbershop on the horizon.  During the course of Pastor Washington’s journey, he always remained faithful to his upbringing, being goal oriented and especially having a love for God. This same year, Pastor Washington joined and became a faithful active member of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. Many of the offices he held were Sunday School Superintendent and teacher, choir member, Brotherhood Teacher, Junior Mission Teacher, Home Bible Study Teacher, Deacon, Trustee and Usher. The time soon came along when Pastor Washington was lead to attend Land Mark Missionary Baptist College and City Seminary Bible College, both of Sacramento, California. In 1975, he accepted his calling to the ministry and became the Associate Minister of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church and soon thereafter the Assistant Pastor for 9 ½ years. In March of 1986, Rev. Washington was appointed as Pastor and currently still presides as the shepherd of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. He has remained faithful to his calling as Pastor for last 34 years of his life.


Pastor Washington is currently married to the lovely First Lady Josie B. Washington and they have been united in holy matrimony for 54 years. Through their union they have two daughters, two grandchildren and one great grandchild. Pastor Washington and his wife are community activists and have been pillars of the Del Paso Heights Community for the last 50 plus years. In 1994, Pastor Washington graduated as a Police Chaplin from the Sacramento Police Department and served as Chief Executive Officer and Law Enforcement Chaplaincy for Sacramento City Law Enforcement. Pastor Washington has traveled extensively, visiting many countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa as well as 42 states nationwide. He is the proud business owner and operator of Washington’s Barbershop. It has been in operation for the last 54 years and in 2006 was declared as a national landmark.


Pastor Washington, is a mighty man of God who not only preaches and teaches the word, but strives daily to exhibit it in all that he does. One of the most profound scriptures that he considers to be one of his favorites is Proverbs 3:5-6, his instruction for living daily. His love for Christ is shown through his love to serve others and to encourage all to give their lives to Christ. When asked what kind of preacher is he, he responds “I’m a gospel preacher”. He explains, because it’s not about religion or the denomination, but it’s about the relationship with Christ.