Brief History of the Orange Foursquare Church
The Orange Foursquare Church started 1st with a Bible study group at 244 Cleveland Street, Orange, NJ, on a Thursday in August of 2001. Twelve people were in attendance on this day, and were regular attendees of the weekly Bible study. The church’s first worship service was conducted on October 7, 2001 after the Lord miraculously provided a place of worship at 474 Market Street, Newark, NJ. “The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed,” was the title of the first sermon, delivered by Pastor Chinedu Emmanuel. Attendance comprised of mainly the Emmanuel family and some members of our Sister Brazilian Church.
As the church attendance finally stabilized, it settled at a solid 6 members, the Emmanuel Family, four of which formed the band, one, the worship leader, and one, congregation. One could safely have referred to the church as a mobile church, as, after service, the entire “church” walked to Newark Penn Station in the bitter cold, band equipments and all, where they caught a bus to their resident city, Orange, NJ. But they remained steadfast.
Gradually, the Lord began to cause this “mustard seed” to grow. In August, 2002, a young man by the name of Victor Anjorin was invited to minister at the Church’s first Youth Sunday and, soon after, became the Associate Pastor and Youth Pastor of the church, along with his beloved wife and children. Subsequently, other ministries began to evolve, as the Lord added laborers to His vineyard.
Soon, the problem of space became a challenge. God multiplied the church beyond the capacity of its place of worship, which remained the Newark, NJ location. Yet, this did not hinder the mighty hand of God from gathering His people. On August 9, 2007 the church signed the papers to purchase the building on 170 Central Avenue, P.O.Box 939-07051 Orange NJ. And on August 13 2007 it got the keys to the building, and held its 1st service, which was a Bible Study, at this new location. Once a “mobile” church with 6 members, Orange Foursquare Church had found a home. To God be the Glory great things He has done and continues to do.