The Lord has appointed the next Shepherd.
UCM is deeply grateful to our good and faithful God for His revelation both to our Church and to Pastor Chad Williams, who is scheduled to begin his ministry in UCM on July 1, 2019.read more
Welcome to our new Senior Pastor, Rev. Chad Williams
The Confirmation and Blessing of Pastor Chad Williams on July 7, 2019 through the UCM Council Moderator, Baste Quiniones
As Moderator and by the authority of the Council of Union Church of Manila, I hereby declare and confirm Pastor Chad Williams as the Senior Pastor of Union Church of Manila.
To the congregation, please raise your hand for the blessing…
We now have our Senior Pastor and his family as part of your Union Church of Manila family. We are entering the season of new beginnings and we all pray for your blessings on the next steps for our church. Your will be done.
Bless Pastor Chad, Janelle, Ellie and Malachi. Bless the Ministry Team and staff. Bless the volunteers, Council, and this congregation of people of God. We thank you and we are excited to open this next season of Union Church of Manila.
Hear our prayer as we do this in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ! Amen.
Message to the Congregation
Blessing and Release of Pastor Charlie Pridmore, 26 May 2019
I have the task as your Moderator to lead the congregation on releasing Pastor Charlie and giving them the blessings of our Church.
Lord, we praise You for sending us godly men and women to shepherd your flock here in Union Church of Manila. For over a century, your faithfulness has truly been felt.
We are so grateful that you brought Pastor Charlie and Darlene here to teach and nurture us for over a 20-year span of dedicated service.
They have shown selfless diligence in
Your word has been spread through their piercing messages that went straight into our hearts, and in doing so, countless souls have heard and committed themselves to be disciples of Jesus Christ, and further, have been trained to be your messengers and witnesses of the gospel.
Lord, we commit ourselves to bear fruit for you by taking bold steps in faith - encouraged and enabled by their teachings.
Thus, we say with ever-grateful hearts, thank you Pastor Charlie, thank you Darlene, thank you Pridmore family for your contributions to the Lord’s flock here in the Philippines! Thank you, Heavenly Father, thank you, Jesus, thank you Holy Spirit, for giving us these faithful servants.
We pray that you bless them richly for a job well done and that you send your angels to watch over them as they journey on beyond our shores to their home in the United States. Bless them in all their ministries going forward!
Message from the Council of Elders through the Moderator, February 11, 2019
Union Church of Manila (UCM) has made the call to Pastor Chad Williams as its new Senior Pastor and he has accepted UCM's call.
The result of the search was a unanimous recommendation of the Search Committee, a meaningful sermon delivered to the congregation in all three services, and the affirmation of the Council
The search process started seven months ago. It began with the Council spending much time in thought and prayer to select 15 members
The enormous task of looking for a new Senior Pastor may have seemed overwhelming, but with God and through God alone, each committee member served so faithfully.
Here are the key milestones of the work process accomplished by the committee:
By January of 2019, more written and verbal discussions were done until the final stage of the call process was reached.
We truly praise God for Pastor Chad's diligence and enthusiasm in progressing through this Spirit-filled process with the Search Committee and the Council.
We are deeply grateful to our good and faithful Lord for His revelation both to UCM and our incoming Senior Pastor who is scheduled to begin his ministry in UCM on July 1, 2019.
Let us continue to pray for Pastor Williams, his family, and their transition to UCM.
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The Lord has given us His anointed!
Message from the UCM Council of Elders via the Moderator (Message delivered to the congregation on February 10, 2019)
Good Morning/Afternoon UCM,
God is good. He’s given us a beautiful day. He’s brought us here safely to worship and now He has brought to us a man of God.
It is my privilege and distinct honor as your Moderator of the
You can read about their background in the bulletin insert. About the Guest Preacher_10Feb2019
The Search Committee and the Council are pleased to bring them here today and for Pastor Chad to preach to us. I know there is limited time in-between services, and there will be a Council member to usher them, but please feel free to give them your warm UCM greetings. May the Lord guide you, Pastor Chad, as you reveal His words to us today.
To view the message during the February 10 Worship Services, visit the SERMONS page on this website
Message from the UCM Council of Elders via the Moderator (Message delivered to the congregation on January 20, 2019)
As Moderator of Council, I
As you are aware, a Search Committee was established in July 2018 to look for a new Senior Pastor for UCM after the departure of our beloved Pastor Steve.
The Council spent time in thought and prayer and chose to form a Search Committee that truly reflects the diverse UCM Family of many backgrounds and denominations, yet side-by-side as Christian believers. This ultimately resulted in the selection of 15 members
The Search Committee testifies the Spirit’s guidance throughout this season. From a range of perspectives that truly reflects the diversity UCM, the Spirit has drawn this Search Committee together—in total unity!
Since its first meeting in July, this Committee
The questions asked of candidates covered everything from past ministry experience, theological understanding, direction and interpretation, lifestyle and family situation, and their perspectives on issues big and small as they relate to the global Christian Church and to UCM specifically. In all things, the Committee has remained focused on seeking a candidate who holds to
After a successful panel interview with the Search Committee, a candidate was invited and came to Manila with his wife to attend and observe UCM’s Sunday services in mid-December [without any public/formal introduction]. Throughout the four days here, the Search Committee and Council conducted more in-depth face-to-face interviews, meetings, and meals
After this December visit, and in light of all the written and verbal discussions with the candidate to date, on the first week of January, the Search Committee was unanimous and made the recommendation to Council to consider the candidate for the Senior Pastor position at UCM.
Since the recommendation, Council has been communicating with the pastor on a suitable support relationship; and, as we hoped, he has agreed in principle to the terms of a potential future call —with some steps that will take place in the coming weeks.
As such, we now move to the final stage of the call process. Council has invited the candidate to once again come to UCM
He is currently serving as a Senior Pastor and his church may also undergo a transition that we are going through. We must pray for them, too. Official announcements have not yet been made and, thus, I discussed and agreed with the candidate to not reveal his identity at this point. I nonetheless want to advise the UCM congregation at this stage so you are aware of where we are and can join us in prayer as we go through the last steps.
After this second visit coming up in early February, Council will meet again on February 20th to make a final decision whether to issue the formal call. In addition to warmly welcoming the candidate and his wife on Feb. 10th, we ask you, as the UCM congregation, to extend encouragement and prayer leading up to and following his time here—and toward a clear decision by Council.
On behalf of Council, we thank the Search Committee for the in-depth discernment they have done throughout this 7-month process. We stand in awe for the Lord guiding them to achieve a unanimous decision. We pray for the congregation the candidate may leave behind and that the Lord guides Council in finalizing this decision for His anointed to
God Bless us all!
PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS for your reference:
Message from the UCM Council of Elders via the Moderator (Message delivered to the congregation on Sept. 2, 2018)
Almost 3 months have passed since we began this process in preparation for the Senior Pastor and as we discern and anticipate God’s plans for us together as Union Church.
As you recall, on June 3, 2018, I informed the congregation that UCM Search Committee members have been chosen, and that the initial Terms of Reference from Council were also already relayed to the committee. Since then, the Council and the Search Committee have worked closely together to prepare information and a clear vision of the new Senior Pastor’s roles, including the qualifications of candidates we trust God is already preparing.
Therefore on behalf of the Council, I’ve been asked to provide updates on the progress so far, which have been approved.
I’m excited to share that we are now openly recruiting candidates!
For pastors who are interested to apply
If you are recommending someone, please email email@example.com
Please include the candidate’s contact information i.e., email address and mobile number. That candidate will then receive a letter of invitation from the Search Committee to apply to the position.
Please make sure the Subject is labeled Senior Pastor Candidate.
FOR THE UCM CONGREGATION
In addition to the networks the Search Committee has identified, we also ask you to prayerfully share this information from this webpage with your own personal and professional networks, including your home churches or denominations, seminaries, or other channels you choose.
Thank you for faithfully participating in this process. If you have any questions, you can ask any Council member. Please go to www.unionchurch.ph/council
We also ask that you continue to pray for this season in the life of Union Church. We will provide ongoing updates and will have future opportunities to pray collectively at this time of preparation. I invite you to pray with me as we spread the word about this position now open to the public:
Loving Father – we gather today, anticipating the future You have in store for Union Church of Manila. In this season of preparation, we ask that Your love may abound more and more in all knowledge; depth of insight; and in discerning Your will through the Holy Spirit, so that we may be able to understand all that is best, and that which is pleasing in Your sight.
We pray specifically over the many candidates that will apply in the coming months, and that Christ continues to be the central figure throughout the process, guiding them and Union Church toward the future. We thank You for the faithful Search Committee and Council members and ask that Your truth and wisdom will continue to be the beacon of light in this process.
Lord Jesus, we also ask You to prepare us as a congregation — brothers and sisters in Christ — so that we may trust You more and more in this season, and may live in unity and for Your glory. Give us hearts of understanding to discern Your will and purpose for Union Church of Manila.
All these things we lift up to You through Jesus as our Savior and Lord, Amen.
Please click the following Facebook links to see earlier messages given to the congregation.
June 3, 2018
May 27, 2018
March 18, 2018
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