Brief History of
Unity Christian Fellowship International (UCFI)
The history of Unity Christian Fellowship International (UCFI) began before the visions materialized, working behind the scenes God was creating an alliance and a unified body of baptized believers who many came through the same vein of South Korea, under the leadership of Apostle Nelson K. Williams. Born December 9th, 1965 in Fayetteville North Carolina, where he was reared by devout and praying parents Mr. Edward and Mrs. Rosina Williams. Holiness was a way of life in the William’s household to include music, which became a tether, as Apostle Williams grew up, causing him to remain connected to the church as he waited for his call to Ministry.
In the 1980’s The Lord would continue to influence Apostle Williams in his early years through music and would later be invited and led to Holy Deliverance Church of God where Apostle Bennie L. Kelly was pastor, who would become a Spiritual Mother to Apostle Williams and were he would commit to following the Lord even more. By the 1990s Apostle Williams had played with some of histories notable gospel artist, such as John P. Kee and Donnie Harper and the New Jersey Mass Choir to name a few. During this time Apostle Williams would also be joined in marriage to our own First Lady, First Lady Lillian Williams and by 1995 God would call Apostle Williams to Ministry in South Korea. God would soon confirm his call on one Sunday morning he was standing behind a podium giving the benediction and God spoke “You are the shepherd of these people. It’s time for the shepherd to speak.” Through this ministry in South Korea at the Camp Walker Chapel many would be saved and join themselves to the birthing of what would eventually be called UCFI. In 2003 God would speak the name of this Ministry to Apostle Williams and reveal his next assignment in Virginia. While yet under the banner of Holy Deliverance Church of God in 2011, UCFI later that year would become an independent body, several pastors and their churches in the early years would join the ministry of UCFI under Apostle Williams leadership.
New Dimensional Christian Ministry Rolla MO., under the leadership of Bishop Michael Collins and First Lady Martha Collins, Faith Temple Christian Center International Germany under the leadership of Bishop Kendall and La Yona Washington and Unity Christian Fellowship International Huntsville AL., under the leadership of Bishop Ernest Edwards and First Lady Noretta Edwards, to include several other Churches. UCFI headquarters would hold its first services at the Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon Virginia. In 2012 UCFI Headquarters would relocate from Mount Vernon Virginia to 1346 Jefferson Davis Highway, Woodbridge Virginia where the Ministry would hold its first Holy Convocation and United for a Purpose (UFAP) was officially launched. A three-day fellowship event designed to reach souls all over the world to include ethnicities and cultures, while the saints of God come together to learn, share and commit to a closer walk with God. Through this event Iron sharpen Iron was also born allowing pastors and leaders to collaborate and exchange testimonies and wisdom aimed at becoming better servants of God and his people.
From 2013 to 2014 UCFI held UFAP in Woodbridge Virginia consisting of seminars, training a concert, dinner and an official day culminating at the Hylton Memorial Chapel Christian Event Center. In 2015 Apostle Williams relocated UFAP to Huntsville Alabama at the Four Points by Sheraton and where we celebrated the elevation and Ordination of Bishop Ernest Edwards that was held at True Light COGIC church, and official day and worship that culminated at the Huntsville Rescue Mission. The Board Bishops consisted of our Presiding Prelate Bishop Dr. Nelson K. Williams, Apostle Cedric S. High, Bishop Kendall L. Washington Sr., Bishop Michael L. Collins and Bishop Ernest A. Edwards. In 2016 UFAP was again held in Woodbridge Virginia and in 2017 it moved its dinner venue from the Hylton Memorial Chapel Christian Event Center to the National Museum of the Marine Corps, consisting of a concert and Christian entertainment. In 2017 UCFI Headquarters would again relocate to its current place of worship at 14747 Arizona Avenue Woodbridge Virginia. Th 6th Holy Convocation (UFAP) would also be celebrated that year in an elevation and ordination of Bishop Leonard Lacey who also became a part of the Board of Bishops, consisting of the Presiding Prelate Apostle Dr. Nelson K. Williams, Apostle Lenard King, Bishop Kendall L. Washington Sr., Bishop Michael L. Collins and Bishop Ernest A. Edwards and Bishop Leonard Lacey. In 2017 Apostle Williams also would appoint the Board of Bishops over regional areas, Bishop Michael Collins would oversee the western region, Bishop Kendall Washington Sr. would oversee the European Region, Bishop Ernest Edwards would be responsible for the Southeastern Region, Bishop Leonard Lacey the Northeastern Region and Apostle Lenard King would oversee International Evangelism.
In 2017 God would again lay upon the heart of Apostle Williams to provide a special event for Pastors and leaders establishing a Leaders Summit, of which the first summit was held in Germany hosted by Faith Temple Christian Center International (FTCCI). In 2018 The Holy Convocation (UFAP) was again held in Woodbridge Virginia and the Pastor Leaders Summit was hosted by the Western Region Bishop Michael Collins, and United in Christ Discipleship International (UICDI) at the Apache Casino Hotel. In 2019 the Hoy Convocation (UFAP) was held in Woodbridge Virginia, while the Leaders (Pastors) Summit was held in Charleston South Carolina hosted by Apostle Lenard King. In 2020 The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) became a pandemic, and many churches became creative holding virtual services and maximizing social media such as Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, which became platforms of ministry reaching souls well beyond the local community. In 2020 UFAP was canceled along with the Pastors Summit.