WE’VE COME THIS FAR BY FAITH
“We’ve come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord; trusting in His holy word. He’s never failed us yet. Oh! We can’t turn back; we’ve come this far by faith.” Albert Goodson
This declaration of perseverance from the songwriter is a most fitting reflection of the people who are Faith Church Dolton. Faith Church, as we know it today, has undergone many changes, tests, and trails but through it all has remained relevant and viable in the Dolton area.
The story began in 1970 – but not really. Confusing right? Let’s go back, let’s go all the way to 1835. This is the year that English speaking Methodists in the area began to gather for worship services. With no formal church building, their meeting places were private homes until 1869 when the group began to worship in a local school – that is when they could secure a preacher to bring the message. The result was Sandridge Methodist Church in 1904.
A gift of land from the Dolton brothers in 1973 on Grant and Sheridan gave the faithful few a place to build and build they did. It didn’t hurt that the minister was also a carpenter and the new congregation enjoyed services in that building until their faith was tested by a fire in 1925 which destroyed their place of worship. But true to form, this group was unhampered, restored the edifice and even made additions in 1952 and 1959.
Nearby, Grace Evangelical United Brethren Church which began as a mission in 1904, moved from Chicago to South Holland, and finally to Grant Street and remains today at the north end of our edifice as the Fellowship Hall.
BRIDGING GAPS…BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS
God’s divine destiny was further actualized in 1970 when these three groups united and accepted the name Faith United Methodist Church. Pastor Charles M. Straight is the congregation’s 8th Pastor and has continued and built upon the original leader’s vision to spread the word of God and enrich the community of Dolton.
Under the pastorate of Charles Straight, the Faith family has hosted community events that included Property Tax Appeal Forums, Crime Watch Meetings, Political Candidate Forums, Outdoor Evangelism & Worship, Annual Back-To-School Events, Cook-Offs, Yard Sales, Numerous Grocery & Meal Giveaways, Partnerships with Health and Wellness Organizations, Cluster Church Unity Worship Services. Additionally, we are committed to using technology to enhance worship and optimize training experiences, increased commitment to Stewardship Training, Leadership Development and building a Social Media presence. Global and Community Partners include: Thornton Township, Franklin Elementary School in the form of a Haitian cultural exchange program, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, & SSHARC – South Suburban HIV/AIDS Regional Coalition.
As you can see, the mandate that has been given to the congregation of Faith UMC Dolton, has withstood the test of time. The work that God has done and is doing here will create a lasting legacy of Christian love and leadership in this community and beyond.