1002 Booth St. | Chester, PA 19013 | tel 610.872.9220 | email
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 Urban Ministry Institute.
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 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. Raj and Rebecca Lewis are establishing a SIAFU Leadership Home to help incarcerated TUMI students continue education, pursue ministry, and receive employment training. Dr. Rick Horne, TUMI site coordinator, in association with The Christian Counseling Educational Foundation, developed a pastoral counseling course for church leaders.