Uniting People with God & Others.

Unite Church is a church in Pasadena that was founded on a desire to unite the people of Pasadena with God and with others. In 2014, Lead Pastor Jeff Snodgrass, felt a tug on his heart to do something he “would never do”- plant a church. Over the next several years, he started taking the necessary steps and God started paving the way to one of the most diverse cities in America, Pasadena, CA.

In 2015, Jeff asked God to provide a worship pastor and along came Ashley Beckford. Jeff and his wife Julie, along with Ashley and her husband Lance, decided to take a bold step of faith. The statistics were daunting: 1 in 2 church plants fail. But taking the risk was worth it if they could win even one for Christ. They left the comfort of their jobs and community to follow the call that God had placed on their lives.

In April of 2016, Unite Church had its first core team meeting. They prayed. They worshipped. And they asked God to go before them. What has followed has been an incredible journey of God's faithfulness and provision. A church that started with a small thought is now striving to unite people into a genuine, hope-filled relationship with God and genuine community with others.

Unite Church officially launched on March 26th, 2017, and now is meeting weekly at Daniel Webster Elementary School at 11am. Be a part of the journey and help UNITE Pasadena. 

 
 

Our values are the guiding principles that define the behavior and action of Unite Church. They help to develop a clearer sense of purpose as well as help define what is most important.


Authentic
Relationships

We believe that relationships can help us navigate life, therefore we will stay connected to one another in genuine community. We support each other through the good, bad, and downright ugly parts of life.


Laser
Focused

We believe that focus keeps us centered on our mission and strategy, and directs our attention, passion, and activity towards uniting people with God and connecting them with others.


Contagious
Generosity

We believe that everything we have comes from the Lord and that generosity can change lives, both ours and others. We want to live in a way that creates space/room/habits for us to share our time, talents, and treasures.


Uniquely
Diverse

We believe that Heaven, like our city, will represent the beauty of the diversity God created. We seek to value and celebrate the unique diversity of each individual.


Boldly
Courageous

We believe that courage is an outward display of our faith, so we choose strength in the face of fear, pain, grief, and anything unexpected. We will boldly risk it all to reach those who are disconnected from God.  


 
 

Jeff Snodgrass

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Jeff Snodgrass is the Lead Pastor at Unite Church located in Pasadena, CA. He grew up in Southern California where, at the age of 16, he made the life change to begin to follow Jesus. After hitting rock bottom in his junior year, his prayer was simply, “Lord, the life I live is now yours. Do with it as you will.” This is the same prayer that led him into ministry and is the same prayer he continues to pray daily. He has now been in full time ministry since 2006 and has an intense passion for making disciples, maximizing the ability of all around him, and mending racial divides. 

In 2007 he married his wife Julie and they both share a passion for the growth of leaders and the edification of the local and global Church. Julie is currently the head women’s water polo coach at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. In January 2012, Jeff and Julie began their family in a surprising way adding two 17-year-old twins to their family. In 2013, their family grew again by two; only this time, two infants. Julie gave birth to a boy in May, and their youngest boy came home at 10 days old on New Year's Eve. God has brought their family together in a divine and purposeful way and continues to have his hand on their family’s journey. 

There are many things that Jeff has a passion for, but in his words, “One of my greatest joys is to see God transform, grow and reconcile people of all ages and stages of life. Regardless of where, when, or who is around to spark the life change that only God can bring, I wholeheartedly love the Church, Christ’s bride.” Many people describe Jeff as a passionate leader and speaker who spreads the truth in word and deed each day. In every ministry he has lead, he has developed a track record of raising up leaders and being a catalyst for growth. And as he says, “My desire is to have an eternal impact on those I come in contact with daily. The question I ask daily is, ‘Am I being effective for the Kingdom of God and maximizing what he has given me?’”


Ashley Beckford

Ashley Beckford is the Worship Pastor for Unite Church.  Growing up as “an athlete who liked music but hated being in front of people,” Ashley will tell you that it took a lot of convincing for her to move into the direction of singing and songwriting.  While it was a slow and steady process of stepping towards music, she began her professional career as a worship leader in 2006 and since then has been a part of several original worship recording projects with Valley Worship, her church's songwriting community. In 2013, she released her debut solo worship album, Heart After You, and recently released a new single called “Light of the World”. 

Ashley married Lance Beckford, another amazing musician, in 2009 and they had their first baby boy in 2016. According to Lead Pastor Jeff Snodgrass, “Lance and Ashley are such a caring and dynamic couple- their relentless support of each other and their passion for life is contagious.” 

In 2014, Ashley founded Project WOW, an organization that encourages growth and development of women worship leaders and pastors.  She is passionate about raising up the next generation of women in worship and seeing female worship leaders live out their calling. As a humble yet daring leader, Ashley is amazing at tending to the hearts of those she pastors.  We are blessed to have her as an instrumental part of our team.

 
 

MAN

God created humankind in the Divine image. In the first book of the bible, Genesis, we see that through Adam’s fall all became sinful, lost, and condemned. Each human being by deliberate choice participates in sin and is in need of Redemption through Christ. (Gen. 1:26-30; Eph. 2:1-22; Rom. 1:19-32; Rom. 5:12-21)

 

GOD

There is only one true and eternal God consisting of three co-equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1:1; Deut. 6:4; John 4:24; John 14:6-13; Gal. 4:6; 2 Pet. 1:17; Psalm 2:7ff; Isa. 7:14; John 1:1-18; Heb. 1:8; Psalm 51:11; 1 John 4:13; Acts 5:3-4)

 

JESUS

Jesus Christ is God’s Son, begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, fully divine and fully human, the eternal and pre-existent Word. By His death Christ made full atonement for our sins, and by his resurrection showed Himself to be the Lord and giver of life to all who believe. (Heb. 1:1-3; Heb. 4:14-15; John 1:1-3,14; Luke 1:34-35)

 

HOLY SPIRIT

God is present in the world today in the person of the Holy Spirit who draws us to faith in Jesus and who bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.  He indwells the believer which empowers him to manifest the likeness and character of Christ.  He gives spiritual gifts to the church for our mutual edification.  (John 16:7-15; Rom. 8:16; Eph. 4:7; 1 Cor. 12:7)

 

SALVATION

God offers forgiveness of sin and justification through faith in Christ Jesus apart from works. Such Redemption is received by human individuals as God’s gift upon repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ. Through Jesus, the believer becomes a new creation whose mind and will are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit from loving sin, to loving the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind, and loving all people as we love ourselves. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Eph. 2:8-22; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Matt. 22:37-38)

 

THE BIBLE

The Bible, composed of the Old and New Testaments, is the divinely inspired Word of God, the final and trustworthy authority for faith and practice. It is to be interpreted responsibly under the guidance of the Holy Spirit within the community of faith. The Bible clearly reveals the essentials necessary for Salvation and the basics of how to conduct our lives. (Deut. 4:1-2; II Tim. 2:15, II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21)

 

THE CHURCH

The Church is a community of faith consisting of transformed believers with Jesus as Lord. Such believers claim a personal relationship to God through Jesus Christ, are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, follow the Lord in believer’s baptism by immersion, share in the Lord’s Supper, gather regularly for worship, and covenant for mutual edification and care-giving. (Matt. 16:15-19; Rom. 10:9-10; Acts 16:30-33; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Eph. 1:22-23; Heb. 10:23-25; I Cor. 6:19)

 

THE CALL OF THE CHURCH

The Church is called to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and God’s reconciling grace in the power of the Holy Spirit, inviting persons to receive salvation and follow Christ as His disciples. As disciples, we seek justice for ALL persons and the reform of the communities we live. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Gal. 3:26-28; James 1:27; James 2:8)

 
 

We believe in the power of prayer. God is still moving in powerful ways today and prayer is one of our greatest Christian tools to unite with God and others. This is why we will have our prayer team available in front of the stage to speak and pray with you after every Sunday gathering. You may also request prayer through the form below, and a member of our team will pray for your need.

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