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Church History

In June of 1966, about seventy believers in Christ, organized by Rev. Clarence Jones, came together to grow spiritually. Since they had no permanent place of worship, they participated in  worship services at Galatians M.B. Church, under the leadership of Pastor John Mosley.

By the first Sunday in July, the group of believers had secured a permanent place of worship, located at 4218-4220 West Roosevelt Road. The group of believers unanimously voted on the name “United,” and on July 24, 1966, the church home was officially named United Baptist Church.

Over the next few years, the church saw steady growth. On April 28, 1974, Rev. Wilson Daniels became the pastor. Under his leadership the church not only grew numerically, but spiritually and financially.

In the early years of Rev. Daniels tenure, the church was able to eliminate its mortgage debt, thus allowing the church to look ahead to newer projects. An educational wing was added to the building for the further development of its members and ministries. Many surrounding lots were purchased which allowed the church to build houses that were affordable for people in the community.

In February of 1999, United entered into its current edifice, which was an additional building added to what it is now named after United’s founding pastor, Rev. Clarence Jones. The newly constructed edifice holds the current sanctuary, offices, and the fellowship hall. After faithfully leading the United Baptist Church for 44 Years, Rev. Daniels retired from his labor at the end of 2018. He was rightfully named Pastor Emeritus of United.

On January 1, 2019, Rev. Howard Henry was selected as Interim Pastor of United and served until April 2019.

On April 14, 2019, Rev. André A. Kirkland was elected Senior Pastor of United and was installed on August 18, 2019. During his tenure, United introduced its brand and became visible on various social media outlets. As a result, through God and Pastor Kirkland’s leadership we were able to navigate church during the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic. He served as Senior Pastor until June 9, 2022.

On March 11, 2023, Rev. Otis Christian was selected as Interim Pastor of United and preached his first sermon on March 26, 2023.

United Baptist Church has an affiliation with Union District Baptist Association of Chicago & Vicinity.