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The Beginnings

Faith International Christian Center began in Pastor Chuck Kennedy’s home on the first Sunday in September 2002. It started as a Home church. At the time, only the Pastor and a couple of his children lived with him and attended. The church began to grow so much that there was no parking in the residential area of the house, so the decision was made to rent a facility at a local motel conference room. From there, we moved into a more permanent facility located on 26th Street West. The new facility enabled us to be more permanent with more meetings and no moving of sound equipment, etc. Although a small storefront, we made use of what we had to work with.

The church has grown from the Pastor and his children to a thriving congregation of faithful believers each Sunday. We have increased from no praise and worship to a beautiful praise team that ministers each service. We are teaching the Word of Faith to take the Gospel to the far reaches of the earth.

Please come and join us!!

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The Founder/President

Pastor Chuck Kennedy

Founder and President of FAITH International Christian Center Church, dedicated to spreading the Word of God globally. Leading Faith International Christian Center in Bradenton, FL, with fervor and dedication, empowering believers with the message of faith for worldwide evangelism. Experienced in preaching the Word of Faith across multiple countries, including Nigeria, Jamaica, and India.

Published author of impactful books and tracts on salvation, spiritual empowerment, and prophetic insights. Engages actively in ministering to d verse communities worldwide through churches, prayer groups, and Bible studies in correctional facilities and recovery centers. Committed to upholding the integrity of God’s Word as the ultimate authority and guiding believers towards growth in their spiritual journey. Over four decades of unwavering service to the Lord with a heart set on making Jesus Lord in every situation. Join us on Pastor Chuck’s Facebook page or connect with FAITH International Christian

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Pastor Chuck Kennedy’s Testimony

I was not raised in church. I can remember visiting the Baptist Church occasionally while growing up, but I hated the inconvenience of having to get up on the weekend! As it worked out, my parents got offended by something trivial and quit going altogether. Of course, I didn’t shed any tears over that! However, I was in a very loving and good family, just not in church.

I began playing drums at an early age with my neighbor, who played guitar. We practiced together and “cut our teeth” in the music world. Later, I began to perform in rock bands at any location that would have us. I worked department store promotions, battle of the bands, later moving into one night stands at fraternity and sorority parties. My aspirations were to be a famous drummer traveling full time, and I thought I was well on my way. I auditioned and was selected for a show band out of Columbus, Ohio. We traveled the country and played mostly state fairs and conventions. I forfeited my college education for this lifestyle.

My next move was to form a similar band of my own. We traveled, playing mostly nightclubs, supper clubs, hotels, and motels throughout the US. Although I looked as though I drank and used drugs, I never did due to the fact that I saw so much drunken debauchery in the clubs I worked. I declared I would never bog down with such garbage. My focus was on making money in show business, and I had no time for anything that would impair my thinking or possibly destroy my plans. It was now a business, not just for fun.

Pastor Chuck Kennedy with lady

As time progressed, I was offered a management position with a small theme park in Benton, Kentucky. The park owner’s wife was a born-again, Spirit-filled Christian. During my years out of church, I became very callous to the Gospel. I can remember people witnessing to me with tracts, and I was so mean, I would tear them up in front of them and throw the remains on the ground. (Little did I know that the Lord would eventually lead me into a tract ministry where I would meet my “old self” many times over. Praise the Lord!). It was my opinion that those who went to church did so as a “crutch.” In other words, I felt they were not “real” men or women, but emotionally crippled and needed religion or God as something to lean on. I believed that there was no God. Yes, I had slid so far that I openly confessed Atheism! No heaven, no hell; when a person died, they just went back to the earth, nothing more, nothing less. Thank God for His mercy!

Nevertheless, it was here at the theme park that I began to seek the Lord. The park owner’s wife, Jan Sill, was witnessing to me, and I was watching her life. I could argue with religion, but I could not argue with a changed life. Her life exemplified Jesus so much that I knew what she found was real!

Because of my life’s ups and downs, I began experiencing severe attacks of fear and anxiety. It was getting very bad. I found myself afraid I would get sick, or someone would break in at night. I slept with a loaded snub-nosed .38 special under my pillow every evening. I carried a shaving kit bag full of medicine everywhere I went in case I got sick. What a life!

Jan and Walter moved to California and left me with the park. I began attending a singles Bible class at a Baptist church in Paducah, Kentucky, still unsaved. I had not yet accepted the Lord into my life, but I was close. The group was challenged to read “The Taste of New Wine” by Keith Miller in order to discuss it at the meetings.

Now, the Lord was in this without my knowledge. You must understand that I hated to read! Throughout school, I did my book reports from cliffs notes or classic comics. I had never read a book cover to cover, yet, in my mobile home on the park grounds one evening, I began to read this book. I could not put it down! I read it in its entirety on that evening.

In this book, I was challenged to pray this prayer: “Lord, if you are real, help me to want to want to know you…” I figured I could do that, so I slid off my bed, knelt down, and prayed that prayer. Little did I know what the Lord would do with my meager effort to find Him!

This was the beginning! Soon thereafter, I felt within myself that I had been born again. The Lord impressed on me to find the book “How to be Born Again” by Billy Graham so I would understand what happened. Please understand that I knew nothing of Billy Graham, nor did I know that there was a book out there with this title! It took me some effort to find this book. I had to go to a bookstore on a college campus in the neighboring town called Murray, Kentucky. I found it, read it, and understood my salvation by his simple explanation of the Scriptures.

Daily, I became more hungry for the Word of God. I could not get enough. Every time a church door was open, I was in it. I just wanted to know more about my Savior Jesus.

My hunger led me to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, where I was immersed in the Power of God. Again, the Lord used my dear friends Walt and Jan. I was visiting with them when Jan and I went to a Charismatic prayer meeting in someone’s home in the San Bernardino Mountains. They prayed over me for the Holy Spirit baptism. I can remember thinking in the midst of the prayer that I wished they would hurry and take their hands off of me. Not being ugly or rude, but they wanted me to speak in tongues, and they were determined. Although I did not speak in tongues at that moment, I did receive what I was after… an anointing like I had never had before, the mighty Holy Spirit!

As Jan and I walked home, this sentence came to me: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Jan told me that it was a prophecy after receiving the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah! Confirmation of my baptism! I remembered that in Acts, when they received the Holy Ghost, they spoke with tongues and prophesied! It wasn’t long after that experience that I received the gift of tongues. I soon felt the call of God to preach.

Since I obeyed God’s call to evangelism, He has taken me to Africa, Central America, Mexico, India, Pakistan, and the Caribbean to preach and teach His Word. My burden is for the third world countries and the suffering church. It is my desire to teach the Word of faith to hungry hearts and break down the walls of religion that have bound people through deception for ages.

The Lord has given me an international prison ministry where He enables me to reach the incarcerated here in Florida, as well as the other countries He takes me to.

I operate by faith. The Lord speaks to my heart as to where I am to go; I take Him at His Word, act upon it and go. He has never failed me. Where He guides, He provides.

Pastor Chuck Kennedy PO BOX 14931 BRADENTON, FL 34280 Phone Number: 941 447 4538

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Statement of Faith

Salvation is by grace through faith:

Eph 2.8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Rom 3.23-24 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Repentance from sin is essential:

1 John 1.9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 God is triune, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

Matt 28.19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

The Bible is the inspired, infallible, absolute authoritative Word of God:

2 Tim 3.16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

 In the New Birth, you must be Born Again:

John 3.3-6 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

2 Cor 5.17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 In Water Baptism through immersion:

Ro 6.3-5 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

 In the Baptism of the Holy Spirit for power to live the Christian life on earth:

acts 1-5-8 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence…But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 In the Institution of the Lord’s Supper:

1 Cor 11.23-29 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

 In the Gifts and Fruit of the Holy Spirit in all believers:

1 cor 12.1-12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant…Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities

Back to the top Back to the top of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

Gal 5.22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 In Divine Healing for all provided through the Cross:

Is 53.4-5 Surely he hath borne our grief’s, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with

his stripes we are healed. Matt 8.16-17 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

1 Pet 2.24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

 In the Second coming and catching away of the real Church, the Body of Christ:

1 Thess 4.15-18 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

 In Heaven and Hell and Final Judgment for all mankind:

Rev 20.11-15 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the Second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of

life was cast into the lake of fire.

2 Cor 5.10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

 The Church is responsible to evangelize and make disciples of ALL nations:

Mark 16.15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Matt 28.18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

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