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FAITH TEMPLE UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH. In 2017 the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI) was a Pentecostal Christian denomination, headquartered in Weldon Spring, Missouri. It was a part of the non-trinity belief system or "Apostolic" portion of the Pentecostal Movement, and was formed in 1945 by a merger of the former Pentecostal Church and the Incorporated and Pentecostal Assemblies of Jesus Christ. The denomination also emphasized holy living in all aspects of one's life. (1)

The UPCI has been among the fastest-growing church organizations since it was formed in 1945. From 521 churches in 1945, the UPCI in the United States and Canada grew to 4,602 churches (including daughter works and preaching points) and 9,746 ministers in 2015. In the same year it reported works in 212 nations and territories outside the U.S. and Canada with 35,739 churches and preaching points, 23,401 licensed ministers, 886 missionaries, and a constituency of 2.7 million. The international fellowship consists of national organizations that are united as the Global Council of the UPCI, which is chaired by the general superintendent of the UPCI. Total constituency is estimated at 3 million. (2)

Faith Temple United Pentecostal Church was established in 1991. For the first eight years, worship services were held at the ST. MARK COMMUNITY CENTER. A "family center" was completed in 1999 and the church was constructed in 2006 at 12805 Seippel Road. In 2005 there were 135 active members. (3)



1. "United Pentecostal Church International." Wikipedia.

2. Ibid.

3. Nevans-Pederson, Mary. "Changing Lives," Telegraph Herald, June 25, 2005, p. 1