OUR CHURCH


THE HISTORY

 
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The Pentecostal message, first preached by the Apostles, came to Saint John in 1925 when the first work was established in New Brunswick’s port city. Twelve young men saved during that time eventually became Oneness Pentecostal preachers. It was one of them – Rev. Raymond Beesley – who later founded the United Pentecostal Church in the city of Saint John in October of 1960. He led the young congregation, which met at 77 Coburg Street in the former location of the Christian Church, until he was succeeded by Rev. Cecil McKillop in October of 1963.

Church attendance numbered just under 100 in August of 1968 when Rev. Euliss McKeen assumed the pastorate. He led the assembly until September of 1973, when Rev. Arden Bustard was installed as Pastor.

 
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Early in 1974, a two acre lot was purchased on Mark Drive in east Saint John, with construction beginning on a new church sanctuary in the spring of 1975. That building, with a seating capacity of 325, was dedicated on December 31, 1975. During Rev. Bustard’s ministry, the assembly – now called First United Pentecostal Church – grew in attendance to over 200. He continued as pastor until October of 1988, when Rev. Edward Goddard moved to Saint John to assume the pastorate.

By this time, the congregation had grown to the point where further expansion was inevitable. In April of 1989, construction began on new facilities adjacent to the existing church building. The first phase of construction, encompassing the exterior shell of a new sanctuary and a connecting foyer, was completed with the unveiling of its cornerstone on October 1, 1989.

 
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Work continued intermittently on the facilities until the early part of 1993, when the final stage of construction began. Services began in the new sanctuary in August 1993, but it was early in 1994 before the other areas of the complex were completed. These included Christian Education Facilities, a combination Youth Center and Fellowship Hall, an Office Wing, and Noah’s Ark Daycare. The new sanctuary has a seating capacity of 650, and was dedicated on April 30, 1994.

As we look to the future, with five decades of history behind us, we expect great things in the Lord with Pastor Brent Carter leading us FORWARD.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

About God

We believe that there is one God; the loving, holy, all-powerful, all-knowing, omnipresent Spirit and creator of all. [Leviticus 19:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:24; Jeremiah 23:24; John 4:24; Colossians 1:16; 1 Timothy 1:17; 1 John 4:8; Revelation 19:6;] We believe that Jesus Christ is the Almighty God; fully divine and fully human. He came to Earth and willingly suffered death on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for human sin. He rose from the dead through His own power and now offers eternal life to all who will receive salvation by faith. [John 3:14-17; Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Ephesians 2:4-9;]

the Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives.

Deuteronomy 4:1-2Psalms 119:1189105Isaiah 40:8Matthew 22:29John 5:3916:13-1517:17Romans 15:42 Timothy 3:15-17Hebrews 1:1-24:121 Peter 1:252 Peter 3:16

Salvation

The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts.

Isaiah 1:1853:5-655:7Matthew 1:2127:22-6628:1-6Luke 1:68-692:28-32John 1:123:16365:24Acts 2:214:1216:30-31Romans 1:16-183:23-255:8-1061 Corinthians 1:182 Corinthians 5:17-20Galatians 2:203:13Ephesians 2:8-10Philippians 2:12-13Hebrews 9:24-28Revelation 3:20

About the Future

We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ will soon return to Earth for the people of His Church and will bring them to be with Him in His heavenly kingdom. There will be a final judgment; the righteous will inherit eternal life in Heaven.

[Matthew 25:34; John 14:2-3; Acts 1:11; I Corinthians 15:51-54; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; Revelation 20:11-15;]