Union County Baptist Church is a family-friendly, multi-cultural church comprised of people from a number of communities surrounding Clark, NJ, such as Rahway, Linden, Westfield, Woodbridge, Elizabeth, Union, Edison, and numerous others
UCBC is a church where the truth is proclaimed. The Word of God is our sole authority and a service never goes by where we do not open it, read it, and apply it. You will be encouraged, uplifted, exhorted and inspired to do more and be more than you ever thought possible by the eternal truths from the Word of God. Our opinion isn’t worth much but God’s truths are priceless.
No matter what your station in life or spiritual condition, this is a place where you can feel at home. This Sunday be our guest and experience the music, message and ministry of Union County Baptist Church.
Pastor Rick and his wife Cathy came to UCBC in 2007. Previously, He had pastored churches in Ohio and New Mexico. Pastor Rick graduated from Fellowship Baptist College in Peoria, IL in 1985 and has been in ministry work for more than 30 years.
He has served in various roles in churches, often simultaneously holding positions as Assistant Pastor, Youth Pastor, Christian School Principal, Teaching Pastor, and Senior Pastor.
People often comment on Pastor Rick's preaching style. He mixes in humor with Biblical truth, sound doctrinal content and a love for people. Through his wit and personality, he makes the Bible come alive in an easy to understand manner that draws the listener into the Word and a
relationship with Jesus Christ.
Pastor Rick has a passion for serving those he leads and he models this philosophy through his life. He teaches and believes that lives can be transformed through the understanding and knowledge of the Word of God.
Along with being our Pastor, he has also been the President of the New Jersey chapter of the Baptist Bible Fellowship for three terms. The BBF is a fellowship of about 4000 churches across the country.
He and his wife have three children, five grandchildren, and have been married more than 30 years.
God, the creator and ruler of the universe, has eternally existed in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three
are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has great potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates man from God.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and
salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are places of eternal
John 3:16; 1 John 2:25; 1 John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:31-46
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice
for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matt. 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Tim.6:14, 15; Titus 2:13
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ
as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
About Eternal Security
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace
and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
About The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ.
He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under his control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1
About The Bible
The Bible is God’s word to all men. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme
source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus
Christ as your personal Savior. Baptism does not save you, but shows the world that you have already been saved. And while baptism is
not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ.
Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Matthew 28:19-20
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize
the new covenant. The elements of bread and juice are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of
salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross.
Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29