Future Church of Christ (Holiness) USA is a church where the life, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and second coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is profoundly taught. Jesus said “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself: that where I am, there ye may be also” John 14: 1-3. In lieu of these verses, we believe affirmatively that people must take specific steps to prepare themselves to enter a prepared place. Future Church is one of the blessed churches where the pastor and church leaders guide people through God’s divine plan so they can have an opportunity to know the truth and change their course of direction. Future Church’s pastor and leaders have been empowered by God to teach the unadulterated gospel without compromising.
At Future Church, we believe in preaching and teaching the full-gospel. You will hear much emphasis on holy living.
United by the Holy Spirit with a commitment to Christ, love for the sisters of faith, and for the lost, as a member of the United Christian Women’s Ministries of the Church of Christ (Holiness) U.S.A. I pledge to be obedient to the Word of God. I will walk worthy of the vocation wherewith I am called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing others in love. With prayer and strength of mind, body and soul, I affirm my support to families, Christian education and missions. This pledge I will keep, not just for the times we meet; but His will to constantly pursue that I may please the Lord in everything I do.
- To preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to every creature.
- To establish churches in the Richmond metropolitan area.
- To establish a Future Church Bible Institute.
- To establish a Vocational Training Institute.
The purpose of Future Church of Christ is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to a dying world. To prepare, train and disciple believers so they may grow to spiritual maturity. To promote solutions to meet the spiritual, physical, intellectual, and social needs of the church of Jesus Christ and to uphold the principles of a holy lifestyle.
With my hands lifted up...
In the month of July 1984, there was a construction project in progress in the 1800 block of Idlewood Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. The preacher at that time was an associate minister of the Tower of Deliverance Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of Elder James L. Moore. The preacher had been given the task of working with a newly found ministry in Blackstone, Virginia. This preacher was faithful to his charge. He took the scripture literally that says, “Whatever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might,” Ecclesiastics 9:10.
While working on the project, the preacher needed some salt for his tomato. He was reminded of the scripture, “Ye have not because ye ask not,” James 4:2. He walked across the street and knocked on a stranger’s door and said, “I don’t normally do this, but may I please have some salt for my tomato?” The stranger was given salt in a napkin; then he was on his merry way.
Several weeks later, the word spread throughout the neighborhood that a preacher was working at the jobsite on Idlewood Avenue. The giver of the salt also heard about a preacher working in the area. One day as she became ill in her body and depressed in her spirit, she wrote a prayer request and sent it by her daughter to give the preacher.
When her daughter took the prayer request across the street, she didn’t know who was that preacher so she gave it to the stranger who had come to her door asking for salt. She said, “Please give this prayer request to the preacher for my mother.” The daughter didn’t know that when she gave the request to the stranger, she had found the preacher.
After work that afternoon, the preacher picked up his Bible and the prayer request and headed across the street to 1815 Idlewood Avenue. However, this time it was not to receive salt but “to be the salt.” Jesus said, “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thencefore good for nothing, but to be cast out and to be trodden under the foot of men” Matthew 5:13.
Mrs. Black invited the preacher into her home and began to share with him the problems and troubles in her life. The preacher then began to share the word of God with her and expressed how much Jesus Christ loved her and that Jesus died that she may be free from the bondage of sin. That afternoon, August 15, 1984, the Lord healed Mrs. Black’s body and she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior.
As time past, the preacher saw Mrs. Black everyday and he continued to offer words of encouragement to her. Soon Mrs. Black’s daughter, Robina, started traveling with the preacher and his family to Blackstone, Virginia to share in the services there.
One day, the preacher asked Mrs. Black if she would be interested in having a Bible Study in her home one night a week. She readily consented. Mrs. Black’s living room became a meeting place for Bible Study on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. (it is for this reason, we still have Bible Study on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.). In attendance at the first Bible Study were Elder Maurice Nicholson, the preacher, his wife (Orelia), his son (Shawn), his daughter (Jennifer), his foster son (DeMarkus Howard), Mrs. Black and Mrs. Black’s daughter (Robina).
Mrs. Black was a promoter of the Bible Study and would be seen posting signs throughout the neighborhood on Monday and Tuesday, advertising the Bible Study for Tuesday night.
As the fellowship continued, Deacon Lawrence Booker and his family, Deacon David Andrews and his family, Deacon Martin Gillis and his family (all of First Church of Christ Holiness USA in Freeman, Virginia, under the leadership of Elder James T. Nicholson) became faithful attendants of the Tuesday Night Bible Study.
The preacher constantly encouraged the little group by saying, “Soon more people will come.” As people saw the signs and heard about the Bible Study, they came. The preacher was not satisfied with only one gathering a week, so he asked Mrs. Black if the group could have Sunday School in her home also. Mrs. Black readily consented. On Sunday, October 7, 1984, Sunday School began in Mrs. Black’s home.
When the Bible Class grew to the place where the group didn’t have room to sit, Elder Nicholson called Bishop Eugene Brown, Sr. who was the Presiding Officer of the Eastern Diocese Church of Christ Holiness, USA. He explained to the Bishop that he had a group of people attending a home Bible Study and would be interested in working with the Church of Christ (Holiness).
Bishop Brown was interested in the group so he and Elder Nicholson began to work on the legalities to start a new church in Richmond, Virginia. On February 19, 1985, Bishop Eugene Brown, Sr., Elder William H. Riddick, Southern District Chairman, and Elder Rainer B. Wilson, assistant to the Chairman, came to the Bible Study at 1815 Idlewood Avenue. Bishop Brown and his cabinet met with Deacon Lawrence Booker, Deacon David Andrews, Sister Orelia Nicholson, Sister Anne Black, Sister Robina Black, and Elder Maurice Nicholson. Deacon Booker was appointed church trustee, Deacon David Andrews was appointed deacon, Sister Orelia Nicholson was appointed church clerk, Sister Robina Black was appointed church secretary, and Elder Maurice Nicholson was appointed pastor. That night, the group was officially named the Future Church of Christ (Holiness) USA, Richmond, Virginia.