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Learn about the rich History of Stratford Christian Center Church, our Statement of Faith, Mission and Vision by clicking on the titles of each topics.


Pastor Odell Townsend, Sr., is the pastor of Stratford Christian Center Church. This church has a rich history that has grown from...


We believe that there is only one God...


We at Stratford Christian Center Church live and proclaim the Biblical principles taught and lived by Jesus Christ. Our mission is to...


Stratford Christian Center Church is a supernatural church composed of... 





History
Pastor Odell Townsend, Sr., is the pastor of Stratford Christian Center Church. This church has a rich history that has grown from 1954 to the present. Stratford was founded by the late. Richard W. (Dick) Baker as the South Side Move of God Church, located at 64th Street and Eggleston Avenue. Pastor Baker was a pioneer of the interracial churches in the City of Chicago. At that time in America's history, that was a major accomplishment.

After two years the congregation had outgrown their first facility so they purchased the Stratford Theater on 63rd and Halsted Streets. On a weekly basis many well known evangelists were invited to minister at the Stratford Theater, to name a few Bob Dunbar, A.A. Allen, and Robert Shambock. These revivals were attended by thousands weekly.

The 1960's brought its' share of challenges for Stratford Revival Center. In 1967, God led Pastor Baker to discontinue the weekly revival meetings, and he began having weekly Bible Study.

After many years of leadership at Stratford, in 1996 Pastor Baker handed his ministry over to Pastor Odell Townsend, Sr. before he went on to be with Jesus. The Word of God says that the race is not given to the swift or the strong. And just like a runner who takes the baton in a race, Pastor Townsend is carrying on the work of the ministry and relaying the Word of God around the world by means of the outreach ministries' birthed through his vison of expansion. His message is a unique blend of Biblical principles, coupled with teachings that will help the body of Christ to pursue excellence in every area of life. Stratford Christian Center Church is a growing community of believers, working together to build a premier Ministry and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

Come Be Apart of Our Exciting Future!
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Statement Of Faith
We believe that there is only one God eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We believe that the Bible is God's written revelation to man, and that it is verbally inspired, authoritative, and without error in the original manuscripts.

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, death on the cross (to provide for our redemption); His bodily resurrection and ascension into Heaven, His present ministry of intercession for us, and His return to earth in power and glory.

We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, that He performs the miracle of new birth in unbelievers and indwells believers, enabling them to live godly lives.

We believe that man was created in the image of God, but because of sin, was alienated from God.  Only through faith, trusting in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, which was made possible by His death and resurrection, can that alienation be removed.

"Through faith we understand that the worlds
 were framed by the Word of God, so that things
 which are seen were not  made of things which do appear."
Hebrews 11:3
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Mission Statement
We at Stratford Christian Center Church live and proclaim the Biblical principles taught and lived by Jesus Christ. Our mission is to reflect God’s love and our faith, by reaching out to build families and communities where spiritual growth is inspired, nurtured and guided by the love of God the Father through the Lordship of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Our mission is also purposed to rescue the perishing and care for the dying, by bringing Christ to our neighbors through the Word of God, Christian Education, Prayer, Fellowship and Support to those in need.

Stratford Christian Center Church
“Knowing Christ and Making Christ Known"
Come and See! Come and Grow! Come and Serve!

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Vision Statement
Stratford Christian Center Church is a supernatural Church composed of supernatural people, doing supernatural things; for we are all workers together with Christ.

We are a team dedicated to help build people with purpose, power and praise, through fellowship and finances, by reaching out to the unsaved, untaught and unchurched.

We will accomplish this vision through unselfish dedication and unwavering faith on the part of each of us as we utilizie all of our God given resources through continuous submission to the Holy Spirit as we declare the uncompromising Word of God with a spirit of excellence in all that we do.

"Where there is no vision, the people perish:
 but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
Proverbs 29:18
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