About Unity Baptist Braddock
A DYNAMIC CONGREGATION IN THE HEART OF ALLEGHENY
The Unity Baptist Church of Braddock is a family of families united through Jesus Christ for the purpose of Evangelizing the Sinner, Educating the Saint, and Exalting the Savior. We are a church where God is glorified and love is intentional!
For eighty years these two congregations worshiped separately though sharing a common ancestry. The Willow Way Baptist Church was led by the Reverends James Pullens, C. H. Gaines, E. W. Lipscomb, McLaughlin, S. C. Taylor, and George A. Nowlin.
The Bethel Baptist Church was led by the Reverends E. W. Lipscomb, E. T. Gooch, L. E. Dukes, William G. Roberts and Richard W. Wingfield.
In February 2003, a merger agreement was entered into between the Willow Way and Bethel congregations to reunite as one people. On May 4, 2003, the first Sunday morning worship service as a joint congregation was held as members from the Bethel congregation marched to Washington Street to meet and worship with the members of Willow Way with the Reverend Richard W. Wingfield preaching the first sermon to the congregation. At that time, the name Unity Baptist Church was adopted as the official name of this merged congregation, and Psalm 133:1 became the church’s focal scripture: "Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity”. Unity affectionately became known as one church in two locations: 1023 Talbot Avenue served as the worship site and 736 Washington Street became known as the Family Life Center where Youth Sunday School classes, Bible Study, and the Monthly Food Bank were held.
In September 2004, the Reverend Richard W. Wingfield was installed as the first pastor of the Unity Baptist Church. Under his leadership the congregation began to grow spiritually, numerically and financially. The Unity Baptist Church operates under the banner of “Evangelizing the Sinner, Educating the Saint and Exalting the Savior”.
Since entering the new location, God has blessed the ministry of Unity to expand. Unity now boasts twenty-three active ministries under the banners of Inreach, Outreach and Upreach. These ministries include: The Diaconate Ministry, Deaconess, Trustees, Senior Ushers, Greeters Ministry, Nurses, Music and Arts Ministry which encompasses the Voices of Unity, Male Chorus, and the Visions of Christ Mime Ministry; Audio/Visual Ministry, Youth Ministry; Christian Education which includes the Sunday School, Morning and Evening Bible Study, and the Unity Bible Institute; New Disciples Ministry, Esther Women’s Ministry, Men’s Ministry, Children’s Church, Senior Mission, Food Pantry, Culinary, Transportation Ministry, Cantaloupe Day, Intercessory Prayer Ministry, URNOT4GOT10 Outreach Ministry, and Project Angel Tree. Unity is also involved in ministry through the Annual Thanksgiving Basket giveaway and the Annual Christmas Fellowship.
Dr. Richard Wingfield, Pastor