About Us

Our Vision and Mission

Heritage United Pentecostal Church is a church pursuing God's vision of an Apostolic church in principle, practice and power. Our desire is to worship God and follow Christ as the Spirit of God leads His people. The Apostles proclaimed the truth of God, and were inspired by God to write His Words for us today.

Our mission at Heritage is to make disciples of Jesus Christ through a three step process.

  • Connect
  • Empower
  • Engage

What we Believe

Heritage UPC is founded upon the belief that the Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God.

We believe in the great commission and are endeavoring to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with love, mercy and compassion.

We believe there is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4). He is the creator of heaven and earth, and of all living beings. He has revealed Himself to humanity as the Father (Creator), as the Son (Savior), and as the Holy Ghost (indwelling Spirit).

We believe in water baptism by immersion in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sin. Through baptism we identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ Romans 6:3-6; Colossians 2:11-14; Acts 2:38.

We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial sign of speaking in other tongues. Acts 2:4

We believe in the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He ministers to His people through tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy; words of knowledge and wisdom, discerning of spirits, faith, working of miracles, healing, helps and government. Mark 16:15-18; Acts 5:16; 2 Corinthians 12:1-11

Our History

After two years of holding services in a rented hall, Reverend George Whitfield Stanley and his small congregation purchased property on 48 Lewis Street and began to build. In the fall of 1945, the building was completed and formally became known as the United Pentecostal Church.

In 1975, under the pastorate of Reverend William V. Thompson, a Christian Education wing was added to the existing building and in 1979 a new church building was constructed and dedicated. The church grew under the leadership of the Thompsons as hundreds of people were baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit. Pastor Thompson was also instrumental in starting 2 daughter works in Wallingford and New Britain, CT.

Heritage Christian School was established by Pastor Thompson and Sister Dorothy Thompson in 1986. Starting with a Kindergarten class of 6 students, the school today offers instruction in K-12. Graduates from HCS include a dentist, a physical therapist, nurses, teachers, ministers, and leaders in businesses across the United States.

Reverend David and Deborah MacDonald began their pastorate in January of 2002. Under their leadership, the school increased, adjoining property was purchased, and the sanctuary was remodeled. Six daughter works across Connecticut have been started, numerous ministries in the community were formed, and over 130 missionaries are supported worldwide.

Today Heritage United Pentecostal Church is home to a cross section of believers young and old.