HISTORY OF UNITED FAITH CHURCH IN BARNEGAT NEW JERSEY

Every journey has a beginning. Abraham’s journey began when God called him out of his familiar surroundings and set him apart to raise up a generation to follow God

“For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”Genesis 18:19

THE Journey

Our journey and history of United Faith Church in Barnegat New Jersey began in a similar way when God called Pastors Jerry and Janeth Santiago out over 30 years ago to teach others to keep the way of the Lord. It all started with a willingness to answer God’s call to the children’s church ministry of their home church. Over the next few years that they faithfully served in this ministry, God planted an eternal vision in their hearts to raise up a young generation that would honor the Lord. Shortly after, God blessed them with a youth ministry of their own.

Many fun-filled nights and pool parties were held at the Santiago’s home for the youth that grew into a group of more than 50 kids. This then expanded into many other facets of church leadership, including discipleship for young adults, mentoring, counseling, preaching, ministries in healing and prayer, assisting in church planting, as well as establishing churches abroad.

Sold out to the Lord, the Santiago’s were then commissioned to establish United Faith Church which today includes multiple youth and young adult ministries, children’s church and nursery classes, leadership ministry school, men’s and women’s ministries, Sunday services, counseling, bible studies, music and media ministries, and prayer ministries… not only here, but in our church plant ‘Tegus’ as well!

The journey continues as the church’s vision expands and grows to accomplish great things for the glory of God.

THE FAMILY GROWS

Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction2 Timothy 4:2
Discipleship has played an integral part of the history of United Faith Church. In fact, each of the ministries mentioned above was established through effective discipleship and purposed to equip the church to impact our families, the community, and the nations for the kingdom of God. True discipleship means leading others by example to keep the way of the Lord through obedience to God’s word and the leading of His Spirit. Pastors Janeth and Jerry Santiago purposed in their hearts to begin the discipleship process with their own children as well as many others over the years.

Today, their children, as well as their children’s spouses, and many others have joined to serve not only as competent leaders in United Faith Church, but as successful leaders in diverse careers as well. One of the greatest rewards of this process has been to watch as parents learn to raise Godly children, young couples learn to have Godly relationships, single men and women learn to set themselves apart for God, and children learn to proudly and freely worship God all the days of their lives. Together, we have become a church family sold out to the Lord Jesus Christ and set on making a difference in the world.

Church on the Move

But you are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go.”Deuteronomy 12:4-5
Much like the Israelite’s on their journey to the Promised Land, United Faith Church has learned how to worship God in the place He has chosen ever since the church was first established in 2006. From our first church service, with only a tent to protect us from the elements, to services held by night and by day, in hotels, community centers, and schools, on the beach and in backyards, we have learned the true meaning of church: a gathering of people to worship God His way, not our way!

God has been gracious and kind to us throughout this journey, and has given us great victory. All our needs have been met, from physical healing, to job opportunities and promotions, to restoration of relationships and families. We are witnesses today of the miracle of transformed lives. The joy that we see today in the faces of our children, the fruitfulness of our love for one another, and the abundance within our hearts and homes, have come through learning to worship God His way so that His Name and His presence would remain with us forever.

The Journey Continues

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you John 15:16
Today United Faith Church in Barnegat New Jersey is confident in its commission. We know our mandate is to bear fruit that will last. We are visited by the tangible presence of the Almighty God every Sunday. But we aren’t the only ones!!
Throughout the world our brothers and sisters who have been appointed from the beginning of time are standing at attention with us as an army of the Living God, fully anointed to transform lives and bring the revelation and the power of God to all nations.