700 Central Ave. | Chester, PA 19013 | tel 610.872.9220 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministry Director Andrew Lee oversees our Chester ministry. On January 9, 1988, World Impact's first missionaries to Chester set foot in McCafferty Village to share the love of Christ in a needy neighborhood. Since then, World Impact Chester has planted the Chester's Refuge in Christ Church. Church-planting efforts continue through our experienced church-plant team, and the ministry has expanded to include: The Frederick Douglass Christian School, The Urban Ministry Institute of Chester and the newly-formed Grace Dental Clinic.
Chester's church-plant team is focused on building relationships and discipling new believers. Driven by the powerful vision to "empower community leaders to lead reproducible simple churches," the team is intent on discovering strong leaders they can train and empower as future urban-church pastors. The team provides opportunities for community members to step up to lead Bible studies as soon as possible, with a team coach. The team is planting simple churches that will continue to reproduce. As a way to serve the community, the church-plant team also oversees a Homework Club once a week to provide assistance with homework and offers other educational help to community children.
The Frederick Douglass Christian School opened in September, 1995. Dedicated teachers, who not only educate, but minister to our students and their families, have earned the school a reputation to be a place where inner-city children will get a quality education. FDCS also provides an after-school program for our students where they receive help with homework as well as opportunities for extra-curricular activities such as dance, crafts, computer skills and art.
Opened in March, 2012, the Grace Dental Clinic provides dental care for the residents of Chester at the low cost of $10 per visit. Patients without insurance are welcomed to receive care from our staff of volunteer dentists and hygienists. Through a generous donation, our clinic has been supplied with brand new, state-of-the-art dental equipment.
The Urban Ministry Institute
TUMI Chester offered their first courses in September, 2007. With qualified and dedicated mentors, TUMI Chester has supported existing churches and World Impact's church-planting efforts by equipping and empowering urban leaders with seminary-level education. Since 2010, TUMI Chester has also been providing seminary-level training to qualified, Christian inmates, recommended by the Chaplain at the State Correctional Institute-Chester.