The University City Seventh-day Adventist Church continues to grow and invites you to join us to Know Love Live Love. Share Love.
The church completed construction on a Family Life Center containing classrooms, gymnasium, and a commercial kitchen. The new facility is home to Cornerstone Adventist Academy and provides the church with space for fellowship and outreach events.
The church is currently in the midst of a capital campaign for the Family Life Center. Groundbreaking occurred in the fall of 2017 and construction is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2018. The Family Life Center will provide classroom space for Cornerstone Adventist Academy and additional space for church ministry and events.
In August 2016 the church opened a one-room school serving grades 1-8 that meets in the fellowship hall. The new school puts added pressure on the church to build a family life center—a building situated next door to the current structure that will house a gymnasium, commercial kitchen, and classrooms.
Church planting has always been an important value for UCSDA, and has resulted in five daughter congregations being planted in the Charlotte Metro area: Huntersville Lighthouse (2009), Charlotte Myanmar International (2013), Fort Mill (2013), Charlotte Safari (2015), and Charlotte Unity (2015).
The remaining members of the Matthews Church voted to sell the property and relocate to the University City area. After renting from Newell Presbyterian Church while building, the University City Seventh-day Adventist Church opened the doors of its present facility in the spring of 2003. The process of building generated excitement and rapid growth followed. The church soon became known as family-friendly with strong children’s programs. Many new families joined the church within the next few years.
The facility on Idlewild Road in Matthews was completed in the spring of 1990 and the congregation became known as the Matthews Seventh-day Adventist Church. The church planned to eventually build a Phase 2 structure that would become the worship center, but the plan was never realized. After growing to a membership of around 100, the church began to decline as several core families moved away and others transferred to newer churches starting up in Rock Hill, York, and Monroe.
In 1984 several Adventist families began a house church in the south part of Charlotte. After outgrowing the house and meeting in a variety of rental locations they decided to purchase land and build a multi-purpose building (gymnasium with kitchen and classrooms) in Matthews, in the southeast part of Charlotte.