From A group of nurses to a church in union, NJ
In 1998, there was a group of nurses who all lived in Union, New Jersey. With the help of the Bible Church International and the guidance of Pastor Jeremiah Lepasana, the group began to meet for Bible Study on a weekly basis. Every Sunday afternoon, Pastor Jerry drove, from Garfield to Union, to facilitate the Bible Study.
The core group was Lyn Domingo, Virgie Tesoro, and the late Ampi Funcion who committed to support the church at her early stage. There was a vision for the small group to plant a church in the Union community.
The same with many churches in the whole world, the church struggled to meet physically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the Spring of 2020, the church gathered virtually using God-given digital technologies. Gratefully, in August, the church started doing hybrid meetings for Sunday worship and Bible studies. A hybrid meeting is a combination of meeting in-person and via online (or live stream), simultaneously.
Starting in the year 2021, UCBC called a young interim pastor who just graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Thereupon, Ptr. John Paul Arceno was installed as the Lead Pastor on October 3, 2021, by Dr. Terry Robertson of the Baptist Convention of New York. On February 27, 2022, PJP was ordained into the pastoral ministry through the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America led by Dr. Dan Santiago and Ptr. Felix Sermon.