Covenant Family Worship Center Church of Stafford/Fredericksburg VA

Our History

Where We Came From

Covenant Family Worship Center, “The Church With The Family Focus”, stands as a testimony of what God can accomplish with a few good men and women, who know God’s ways and not just his acts.  Headed by Christ and under the leadership of Pastor John Hardy, Covenant Family Worship Center was founded in 1999 and began with one family.

After faithfully serving over 15 years in ministry, which culminated in three and a half years as Assistant Pastor of Action Chapel International in Hyattsville, Maryland, Pastor Hardy heard the call of God to head a multi-cultural church known for praise and worship.  With the approval of his pastor, Joshua Shonubi, and the support of the church, Pastor Hardy along with Minister Leatha, his wife, and their two sons and daughter, started Covenant Family Worship Center in Stafford, Virginia.

On February 28, 1999, at 4:00 p.m., an opening ceremony was held to commemorate what God had spoken into the heart of the pastor.  Pastor Joshua led the ceremony attended by approximately 150 witnesses, who faithfully gave of themselves in praise and worship along with their financial support.  This was to set the tone for what is continuing on to this day and has allowed this fellowship of believers to operate in excellence.

The following Sunday, March 7, 1999, at 8:30 a.m., marked the first official worship service.  Assisted by Sister Tutu Marioghae and later on by Brother Kenny Vines as the praise and worship leader, CFWC opened its doors to the heavenly hosts and an audience of one.  God was faithful though, and laid it on the heart of the first visitor, Mrs. Parcilla Brown, to also become the first member outside of the original family.

In June of 1999, through faithfulness in giving and because of the vision of the pastor to operate in excellence and have equipment of no less quality than that of the world, CFWC began purchasing its first professional sound system.  This was one of many steps towards the promise from God that Covenant Family Worship Center would be a church known for praise and worship.  Skilled musicians, namely Kareemus Gary and Stephen Stafford, later followed to assist Covenant Family Worship Center’s minister of music, Darvin Hardy.  Through their efforts and assistance to the praise and worship team, and in establishing the choir, both the vocal and instrumental music greatly improved.

Over the next years, the leadership of CFWC worked diligently to remain faithful over what God gave us.  Consistently increasing Covenant Family Worship Center, God allowed us, and caused us, to experience Matthew 25 verses 21 and 23 which say, ”…thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

As Covenant Family Worship Center moved into the future, the membership has been encouraged by God’s faithfulness in meeting every need  – nothing lacking.  And because of this, our body of believers felt confident that the Lord was with us as he lead us to the purchase of our new church home located at 652 Cambridge St, Stafford VA 22405.

On December 14, 2005 we closed on our first piece of property which included two buildings – an office building and sanctuary. And after six years of occupancy in a Stafford County public school we finally had a more permanent place to call home. It was due to God’s glory in the life of this church, the favor of the Lord, and the faithfulness of His people.

Throughout the years and through the present, God has blessed Covenant Family Worship Center with people that are faithful, dedicated, committed, and possessing willing minds and teachable spirits.  He has shown us that He is a provider and that His servants would lack no good thing – “It’s in the house” or soon coming!  He has proved to us that as we remain faithful stewards over what He has given, “Increase is on the way!”  He has manifested His findings of our original slogan which is “God is looking for a few good men and women, who know Gods ways and not just his acts” through each member of CFWC.  He has given us an additional slogan, “The Church With The Family Focus”, since it is our desire to include families in everything we do.

For this, we as Covenant Family Worship Center, “The Church With The Family Focus”, thank and celebrate God…

For what He as done…

For all that He has given…

For what He is continuing to do