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Mission and Vision

Mission: In the heart of the city with the city at heart our mission is to reach the hurting, broken, and bruised of Philadelphia with the healing, restorative, and radical love of Jesus Christ.
Vision: To be a multi-cultural, poly-ethnic, post-denominational group of transformed, vibrant believers worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth.

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Our Story

Laboring together in love to manifest the Kingdom of Heaven in the city of Philadelphia.

In 1958 Fred and Faith Barnaby followed the calling of the Spirit to inner-city Philadelphia. Together with their three young children they planted a church on N. Broad st. With no outside financial support they learned to trust God completely and wholly for everything. They realized early on that urban church planting is a difficult endeavor, but knowing that the Lord had placed them there provided them with the strength to persevere. The Lord was faithful to his calling and began to add to the church, before too long Greater Church had to find a bigger place to gather. In 1965 they moved into an old store front bar on 2nd and Girard. Keeping the bar intact they sealed it up, filled it with water, and transformed it into a baptismal tank. This prophetic act is a symbol of the work that God had established Greater Church to participate in, that is the Spirit’s work of transforming broken, dead, and life quenching things into beautiful, lively, life giving things.

In 1985 a beautiful 100 year old methodist church in the Kensington section of the city was being prepared to be torn down because it’s dilapidated state, however, God had other plans. Greater Church moved into 2021 E. Allegheny Ave. and began rebuilding the property. To this day the congregation gathers there to build each other up in the unity of the Spirit. Becoming one in Christ, all are welcomed to be members of His body in Kensington, to be broken and poured out for the world around them.

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Services

There are many ways to get plugged in at Greater Church. Here are a few.

Sunday Service

Join us Sunday mornings at 11am for a time of corporate worship, preaching, and fellowship.

Wednesday Night Bible Study

Come join the conversation Wednesdays at 7pm. Bring your questions about the Bible and theology, Wednesday nights are an interactive time to learn and grow deeper in our faith. 

Friday Night Worship

All are welcomed at our youth geared Friday night worship gatherings at 8pm.

Vino Nuevo Iglesia

La Iglesia del vino nuevo tiene servicios cada domingo a las 6 dirigido por Pastor Giovani Dominguez. 

Prayer Requests

We believe that the God of all the universe hears our prayers and cares for us. If we can pray for you in any way please let us know in the contact us section.

Praise and Worship Team

If you have a talent for singing or playing an instrument and would like to join our praise and worship team.

LeadServe Team

The Lord we worship is the one who washes the feet of his disciples. Following Jesus’ example we believe that the first step of learning to lead is learning to serve. The two go hand in hand. There are many ways to be a part of the LeadServe Team at Greater Church. For more info contact us via the information in the contact section.

Community Outreach

We believe that God has called us to serve our community. Greater Church is more of a hospital for the hurting than a social club for the healthy. We believe that the walls around are building there to keep rain out not the people. All are welcomed.

Support

We believe that the local church is like family. We aim to love and serve each other through the good times and the bad. Wherever you are in life you can find a supportive family at Greater Church.  

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57

Years Active in Ministry

20956

Days Active in Ministry

8892

Services Held

150000+

 

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Ministry Team

The Team at Greater Church is comprised of servant leaders who the Lord has raised up to fulfill the mission of the church in Philadelphia.

Joel Barnaby
Joel Barnaby

Joel Barnaby

Lead Pastor

Joel Barnaby is the son of the founding pastors of Greater Church, Fred and Faith Barnaby. The city has been Joel’s life since he moved to Philadelphia at the age of 1. He served as Associate Pastor until 1999 when he became the Lead Pastor. He has been involved in local community development and organizing his entire life and has served on numerous boards dedicated to improving life for the people of Philadelphia.

Faith Barnaby
Faith Barnaby

Faith Barnaby

Pastor Emeritus

Faith Barnaby founded Greater Church with her Husband Fred Barnaby in 1958, who went to be with the Lord in February of 1999. Faith has served the Lord her entire life. She still ministers and teaches the word to the local congregation on a weekly basis. Her life stands as a testimony of faithfulness to the Lord and his calling.

Steve and Ruth Lanciano
Steve and Ruth Lanciano

Steve and Ruth Lanciano

Pastoral Team

Steve and Ruth grew up at Greater Church and have been intricate parts of it’s development for their entire lives. They oversee the music ministry at Greater Church, and serve in many other capacities. Steve and Ruth have three beautiful children. They have committed their lives to the Lord’s work in Philadelphia.

Lee and Stasha Godwin
Lee and Stasha Godwin

Lee and Stasha Godwin

Pastoral Team

Lee and Stasha are pillars of the community at Greater Church. They have three beautiful children and are committed to doing the Lord’s work. Lee’s unique teaching style helps others to realize God’s truth in profound and meaningful ways.

John Crompton
John Crompton

John Crompton

Pastoral Team

John Crompton grew up on the streets of Kensington. He gave his life to the Lord at the Greater Church in 1999. Since then John has become a powerful minister of the gospel. John’s excitement and passion about what the Lord has done in his life spills over into his day to day interactions. He is a fiery preacher and is passionate about seeing God’s love transform lives.

David and Jackie Terrey
David and Jackie Terrey

David and Jackie Terrey

Pastoral Team

David and Jackie have served at Greater Church for most of their lives. Their desire to see the lost come to Christ is an inspiration to all who know them. From preaching, to street ministry, to just doing life with people there is no part of their day to day walk that they do not consider ministry. Their joy is infectious and they set out each morning to infect as many people as possible with their smiles and good will.

Joel Barnaby

Joel Barnaby

Lead Pastor

Joel Barnaby is the son of the founding pastors of Greater Church, Fred and Faith Barnaby. The city has been Joel’s life since he moved to Philadelphia at the age of 1. He served as Associate Pastor until 1999 when he became the Lead Pastor. He has been involved in local community development and organizing his entire life and has served on numerous boards dedicated to improving life for the people of Philadelphia.

Faith Barnaby

Faith Barnaby

Pastor Emeritus

Faith Barnaby founded Greater Church with her Husband Fred Barnaby in 1958, who went to be with the Lord in February of 1999. Faith has served the Lord her entire life. She still ministers and teaches the word to the local congregation on a weekly basis. Her life stands as a testimony of faithfulness to the Lord and his calling.

Steve and Ruth Lanciano

Steve and Ruth Lanciano

Pastoral Team

Steve and Ruth grew up at Greater Church and have been intricate parts of it’s development for their entire lives. They oversee the music ministry at Greater Church, and serve in many other capacities. Steve and Ruth have three beautiful children. They have committed their lives to the Lord’s work in Philadelphia.

Lee and Stasha Godwin

Lee and Stasha Godwin

Pastoral Team

Lee and Stasha are pillars of the community at Greater Church. They have three beautiful children and are committed to doing the Lord’s work. Lee’s unique teaching style helps others to realize God’s truth in profound and meaningful ways.

John Crompton

John Crompton

Pastoral Team

John Crompton grew up on the streets of Kensington. He gave his life to the Lord at the Greater Church in 1999. Since then John has become a powerful minister of the gospel. John’s excitement and passion about what the Lord has done in his life spills over into his day to day interactions. He is a fiery preacher and is passionate about seeing God’s love transform lives.

David and Jackie Terrey

David and Jackie Terrey

Pastoral Team

David and Jackie have served at Greater Church for most of their lives. Their desire to see the lost come to Christ is an inspiration to all who know them. From preaching, to street ministry, to just doing life with people there is no part of their day to day walk that they do not consider ministry. Their joy is infectious and they set out each morning to infect as many people as possible with their smiles and good will.

Contact Us

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