Our History

The story of our church begins in 1979. In that year, a small group of persons, led by Rev. Joseph E. Taylor, left the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church to begin a new ministry. The name chosen for this new church was Faith Independent Christian Church. The first worship service of this new congregation was held on Sunday, June 24, 1979.

On December 21, 1981, Faith Independent Christian Church was installed into the United Church of Christ becoming Faith United Church of Christ and a member of the Potomac Association of the Central Atlantic Conference.

The 4900 Tenth Street property where we were worshiping became available for purchase in 1983. Our offer to buy it was accepted. Approximately 8 years later, the mortgage was paid and we became the proud owners of a property that included the main sanctuary, a small chapel, fellowship halls, classrooms, offices and a residential space.

In 2009, after a 3-year lawsuit to gain possession of the property, a group of 30+ members of Faith United Church of Christ returned to 4900 Tenth Street, NE. During the three years while the lawsuit was pending, Faith members worshipped jointly with Lincoln Temple United Church of Christ. Faith UCC maintained its governance and financial support to the church during this period.

Following litigation and return to the property, the church operated without permanent pastoral leadership for several years. In, 2016, the church called its first Settled Pastor, Rev. Dr. Arlecia Simmons, who became the first African American female settled pastor in the United Church of Christ’s Potomac Association.  

In 2017, Faith United Church called and installed its third spiritual leader in 40 years, Designated Pastor, Bishop Dwayne D. Royster.