THE UNION CHURCH STORY
Pastor Stephen Chandler dreamed of planting a church with
a simple goal – helping people connect with God so that they
might fulfill their destiny; Jeremiah 29:11 being the foundational
source of that mission. This dream was birthed out of New Life
International Fellowship Church, a church founded by Pastor
Stephen’s father, Pastor Ron Chandler. With the help of the
Dream Team, servant leaders committed to seeing this
dream become a reality, Destiny Harvest Church launched on
September 11, 2011.
From 2011 to 2014, thousands encountered Christ like never
before, and the church grew from one location in Woodlawn, MD
to two locations, by adding the Laurel, Maryland location. Through
prayer, in September 2015, Destiny Church moved to Columbia,
Maryland, merging both campuses back together and was portable
for 3 years. In February 2018, Destiny moved into its permanent location
in Columbia, Maryland, and went under a brand refresh, changing the
name to Destiny Church. Over the next year, attendance increased from
around 700 people in attendance on a Sunday with about 300 people
participating in 55 Connect Groups and 300 people serving on the Dream
Team, to over 3,000 people in attendance on a Sunday. Connect Groups
grew to over 1700 people participating in them, and over 800 people serving
on the Dream Team. This all happened within 3 years, making it one of the
fastest-growing churches in America according to Outreach magazine.
In February 2020, with much prayer and guidance the Baltimore County,
Maryland location was launched with nearly a thousand people attending the
first weekend. Renamed and now known as Union Church, we are one church
in two locations, with plans for future campuses being discussed and prayed
At Union Church, we believe that church should be a place where everyone
is able to Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose, and Make a
Difference. Through most of the last decade, Union Church has been fulfilling
its mission through Weekend Experiences, Growth Track, Dream Team,
and Connect Groups.
UNION CHURCH MISSION
Union Church exists to help people know God, find freedom, discover purpose,
and make a difference.
We are Spirit-led, enjoyable, generous, destiny driven, and excellent.
The Executive Pastor of Ministries will provide leadership in day to day
campus operations, connection ministries, Next Gen ministries, and Union
Church team development. In addition, the Executive Pastor of Ministries
speaks into the overall direction of Union Church as well as ensures that
Pastor Stephen’s vision for Union Church is fulfilled on a daily basis.
• Loves Jesus & His Word
• Believes in & operates in the gifts of the Spirit
• Lives a life that represents Jesus & His church
• Loves Union Church, lives the mission, fam is all in
• High priority on loving people
ESSENTIAL DUTIES &
Bring leadership and oversight to Union Church’s connect groups,
outreach ministry, dream team, next steps, growth track, and assimilation
Provide oversight and leadership to the kid’s ministry and student
Work with the Senior Pastor, Executive Leadership Team, Directors, and
UC team to create a team development strategy that fosters a world-class
working (serving) environment at Union Church, taking great care of the
people who serve on staff and attracting new talent to help UC grow.
Campus Ministry Development
Develop all Union Church ministries that will be operated and rolled out at
the campus level. Work with UC Campus Pastors to create goals, metrics,
and strategies to grow campus and ministry attendance.
Develop a comprehensive and systematic strategy to grow and develop
Campus Pastors as well as grow and develop every UC campus.
• 3 H’s are a MUST…hungry, humble, & hustle
• Highly motivated initiator & self-starter
• Think fast & act quick
• If you have to ask what emotional intelligence is,
• Drama free, please!
• If you’re going to fit with Pastor Stephen and Zai…
better know how to have fun, laugh, and walk in
• Flexible, driven, goal-oriented and gets it done
• Must think systems and scale
• Gatherer of people
• Experienced multi-site leader
• 10+ years’ experience leading in a high-level
• Bachelor’s ministry degree preferred
Columbia, Maryland is a part of the DMV, The Washington Metropolitan Area
includes the whole District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. 30 minutes
from DC and Baltimore, Columbia is uniquely positioned with rolling hills of
farms in one direction, waterfront restaurant on the Chesapeake Bay in another
direction, and bustling city streets with major sporting events still in another
direction. Within the area and its surrounding cities, there are many exciting and
interesting attractions to keep you engaged. It’s a family-centered community
amid the fastness of the East Coast life. Known for its attractions such as
several Historic Landmarks and National museums, as well as amazing food,
specifically seafood. Homes range from high rise living to townhomes and
single-family dwelling. It’s the perfect place to get a taste of city excitement.