Our Church History
The International Church of Christ Sierra Leone, also known as the Freetown Christian Church, has demonstrated remarkable resilience since its establishment in 1996 by a group of dedicated missionaries from Nigeria. However, in 1997, their mission was abruptly interrupted by the harrowing arrival of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels, who forcefully seized control of Freetown, the capital city. As the turmoil persisted into 1998 and early 1999, the missionaries faced insurmountable challenges that made it untenable for them to remain in Sierra Leone. With divine guidance and protection, the missionaries were able to safely evacuate to Nigeria, continuing their spiritual journey elsewhere. This story exemplifies the unwavering spirit of faith, reminding us that sometimes the path of wisdom necessitates adapting to unforeseen circumstances in order to preserve and further the spiritual mission.
Amidst the chaos of the civil war, the indomitable spirit of the church remained unyielding. Even with limited numbers, the faithful few who had been baptized during this turbulent period tirelessly served the ministry by spreading the teachings, guiding others, and nurturing new disciples. In 2014 and 2015, Sierra Leone was ravaged by the devastating Ebola outbreak, which caused immense suffering and strained available resources. However, the church stood firm, undeterred by these trials, as it continued to advance God's kingdom. This unwavering dedication mirrors the timeless wisdom imparted by the Apostle Paul to young Timothy, encouraging him to preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction (2 Timothy 4:2). The church's steadfastness serves as a profound reminder that the call to spread spiritual enlightenment transcends external circumstances, and it is through unwavering commitment and resilience that the divine purpose is fulfilled.
The Ecclesiastical Leadership Group, Board of Trustees, administration, campus fellowship, branch, and seat fellowship churches harmoniously pursue a shared vision of unity. Their collective efforts are dedicated to fostering a sense of togetherness and cooperation. Throughout the region, numerous Bible Talks serve as spaces for spiritual nourishment and growth. Additionally, the community focuses on four fundamental Ministries: Marrieds, Singles, Teens, and Kids Kingdom. These ministries cater to the diverse spiritual needs of individuals at different stages of life. By embracing this inclusive approach and recognizing the unique challenges and aspirations of each group, the church community exemplifies the wisdom of nurturing and empowering its members to flourish in their spiritual journeys.