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CHURCH HISTORY

CHURCH HISTORY

On Sunday morning, August 11, 1991 about 30 saints of God assembled in the large chapel of the March Funeral Home located on North Avenue for worship service.


On Sunday, August 18, 1991 we held our first service in our initial church home at 6319  Belair Road.  We learned to share God's love, seek understanding of His Word, and we began to “Build God's Kingdom One Disciple at a Time.”

The late Dea. William Roberts, Chairman of the Board, with the guidance of Rev. Franklin Blackmon and Sis. Arlene Spence, kept our hearts and minds focused on Christ.  With the Lord’s direction we remained together as one united family.  On November 12, 1991, the church was named the Faith United Baptist Church. On December 22, 1991, Franklin Peterson, Jr., a man of God from Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church came to deliver us God’s Word.  He continued to render services every fourth Sunday of each month thereafter.

Pre-dedication services were held  March 24-27, 1992.  On Sunday, March 29, 1992 at 3:30 p.m. the late Rev. Lawrence Washington officiated over  a dedication service and Faith United Baptist was set aside as a church.

On June 17, 1992, Rev. Franklin Peterson, Jr.  was elected as pastor of Faith United Baptist Church.  He was ordained, July 31, 1992, at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, and was proudly installed as Pastor, October 25, 1992 - truly a shepherd sent by God. Under  the leadership of Rev. Peterson, the Faith United Family increased from the initial 30 saints to 125.  We were unable to seat the many members, visitors  and friends at our location on Belair Road.  God saw our need and on Sunday, November 1, 1992, we marched into a new edifice located at 1800 N. Gay Street.

Under the guidance of God and the spiritual leadership of Pastor Peterson, God has blessed the Faith United Family spiritually, physically and financially.  Our membership rapidly increased to 300 saints at our new location and again we were unable to seat members, visitors and friends.  God saw our need and intervened.  On February 5, 1995, we car pooled and marched into our new edifice of 2840 The Alameda where we are presently located.   God has continued to meet the needs of the Faith United Family.

In November 1998, Faith United purchased a row home located at 2834 The Alameda which houses our Bible Institute and is utilized by the various ministries of Faith United. This property is also used for various community functions.  January 1999, we purchased  2832 The Alameda which serves as a parsonage for our  Pastor .  An additional property, 2826 The  Alameda, was purchased on October  2, 2000. This property was previously used as a Community Outreach Center and  an after school program. It is currently being used by our Teen Ministry.

In 2003 the Faith United Bible Institute was established through the vision of Pastor  Franklin Peterson, Jr. The Bible Institute is committed to teaching students today with what is needed to effectively work in  ministry tomorrow.  ETA Certified courses are offered.

On October 25, 2009, the charter members, the official board and members proclaimed Rev. Franklin Peterson, Jr. as Pastor and Founder of the Faith United Baptist Church since he had been affiliated with the Faith United Baptist Church since its infancy and before Faith United was officially set-aside as a church.



  • Our PURPOSE - “We Exist to Build God’s Kingdom One Disciple at a Time” (Matthew 28:19-20).   


  • Our GOAL  - “To Win the World for Christ by Any Means Necessary” (Luke 14:23).


  • Our DUTY  - “To Love the Lord Thy God with all of Thy Heart, and with all Thy Soul and with all Thy Mind and to Love Our Neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:37-40).


  • To God be the Glory for all He has done.

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