In the mid 1980’s a small group of people in Manhattan began discussing the possibility of establishing a church that would hold to the tenets of orthodox Christianity but would be inclusive enough to welcome people from different denominations and traditions. In 1986 this group affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America, appreciating its emphasis on “in essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things love.”
Faith began meeting in January of 1987 and called Steve Ratliff to be our first pastor in 1988. Faith met in rented facilities (in Manhattan Christian College’s chapel) for the first decade of our existence. In 1997 we built and moved into the first phase of our current facilities. We have expanded and renovated our building to accommodate growing and changing ministries. We love that our facilities are used throughout the week both for Faith’s ministries and for community events.
Over the years we have added ministries and staff which reflect God’s leading in the life of Faith. Our staff, both paid and volunteer, seeks to lead the ministries of Faith in ways that utilize the gifting of our members. Our elders lead Faith spiritually, establishing the vision and direction of the church and paying attention to the needs of the congregation.
We are passionate about “helping people come to faith in Christ and experience God in all of life.”