Who We Are
First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City is a suburban Washington, D.C. church located in Prince William County, Virginia, approximately 35 miles south of the Nation’s capital. The church was chartered on April 16, 1972, and opened its first permanent sanctuary in December 1977 on a six acre lot at 14391 Minnieville Road in Woodbridge, Virginia. A Christian education wing opened in 1989 with a vision to construct a new fellowship hall in the coming years. This congregation is a member of the National Capital Presbytery, the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic, and the Presbyterian Church (USA).
The church exists to bring people together to glorify God, share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the community and the world; proclaiming in word and deed that HE is Lord of all and Head of the Church. The foundation of our church is Jesus Christ. On Sundays, we offer a traditional service at 9:00 am and a contemporary service at 10:30 am. Our Pastor, Dr. Robert (Bob) Edmunds, is supported by a professional staff that includes an organist, a Music Director, a Contemporary Worship Leader who leads the “Notes of Salvation” praise band, full-time Office Manger, and a Sexton. We also have a part time Parish Assistant to support all pastoral services in the absence of Pastor Edmunds.
We conduct adult and children Christian education at both 9:00 am and 10:30 am with a volunteer teaching staff and offer free nursery care with a paid professional on Sunday mornings. Our youth ministry programs are supported by Mr. Lance Overstreet, Director of Student Ministries. He conducts middle school and high school ministries on Sundays from 4:30 pm through 8:00 pm which includes a combined dinner meal for both groups. We also support the community by providing the Christian based Little Hands Preschool for our members and friends of the congregation.
Our congregational leadership is comprised of a Session of 16 elders, elected to 3-year terms of service. The elders are responsible for all of the ministries and missions of the church. The members of the church are supported by a Board of Deacons organized into family groups and by an active Stephen Ministry program that provides a personal one-on-one support for the congregation. Our leaders work in close coordination with the professional staff to provide a broad range of services and ministries at the local, national and international level. We have an active Outreach program to invite the community to join our ministries. We are engaged in a new church development program for Hispanics in Eastern Prince William County. We also support the community by providing a Christian-based Little Hands Preschool for over 100 students managed by a full-time Director and teaching staff.
We support all types of missions from local to international missions. Our local mission support in Prince William County includes American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team, Homeless Prevention Center meals, Drop in Homeless Center, and Spread the Bread meals on a weekly basis to homeless camp sites, Kairos Prison Ministry, Action in Community Through Service, and Habitat for Humanity. On a national level, mission support has included: American Indian reservations, large-urban, small-urban, rural locations, disaster-relief areas, and other locations - hitting a crosssection of American society including locations such as: Philadelphia, New Orleans, Pine Ridge, the Eastern Shore, Charleston, WV., Lynn, Ma. and Washington, D.C. Internationally, we are supporting missionaries in the Darfur region of Sudan. We organize and deploy a mission team annually to grow relationships, share the Gospel and develop village based locally managed water purification facilities in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. Any of our missions are supported by team member financial contributions and active fund raising within the community at large to include business sponsorships.
Demographically, we have approximately 500 members with an average Sunday attendance of 260. Our congregation is a mix of federal and county government employees, active duty military families, government contractors, business professionals, and educators along with an active retired population. We have a healthy age distribution with some racial diversity. We have an annual budget of approximately $700,000. For more information, please use our website www.FUPCDC.org or visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/First-UnitedPresbyterian-Church-of-Dale-City/105610566365.