History of The Universal Church

Bandstand in the Garden of Meier

It all began on July 9th, 1977, when The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Brazil officially opened its doors. At the time, Pastor Edir Macedo, unable to afford a property, began his first meetings at a bandstand in the Garden of Meier in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Filled with unshakable faith and guided by the Holy Spirit, Bishop Macedo followed the same faith as Abraham. Leaving behind a secure job and putting his marriage and future in jeopardy, he obeyed God’s voice and pursued his calling to save others and spread the Word of God.

Not long after, a former funeral home in the neighborhood of Abolição in Rio became the first church building where the meetings were held. The help and support of the first members were essential. As membership grew, the need for a better and more spacious location led the church to a former furniture warehouse remodeled to accommodate 1,500 people. The church continued to grow, and the building was expanded to seat two thousand people. In a short period, the UCKG in Brazil expanded to other cities, including Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais, Bahia, and Rio Grande do Sul, among many others. Today, there is a The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in every state in Brazil.

Worldwide expansion – Kingdom of God Church

Since the beginning, the vision for The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Brazil was to take the Word of God to other countries. The late 1970s and 1980s saw rapid growth as the church crossed into Spanish-speaking countries such as Argentina, Spain, and Colombia. Expansion over time extended to other countries such as the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

Today, the work of The Universal Church is present in more than one hundred countries and reaches people of all nationalities, faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds. And it continues to grow.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God USA

On May 5th, 1987, The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Brazil was incorporated as a non-profit Christian organization in the US. The first church was opened in Manhattan, New York. Initially, services were only in English, but churches quickly opened for Spanish and Portuguese speakers.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God – Locations

Today, The Universal Church is present in over thirty US states, including New York, California, Texas, Florida, and the US capital, Washington, DC.