About us

The Maranatha Christian Church emerged within an evangelical community as a result of an event foretold for the present time, as it is written in the book of the prophet Joel 2:28 that says: “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions”.

The founder and the foundation are identified in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, there is no emphasis on another name or names as this church existence is part of God’s prophetic plan for our days.

However, the Maranatha Christian Church, as a religious institution, was established on January 1968, in the municipality of Vila Velha, State of Espirito Santo, Brazil, with the purpose of worshiping God and preaching the Gospel according to the Old and New Testament scriptures as the only rule of faith and practice, as well as of instructing man’s spiritual and social formation, Christian education, and of promoting charitable works and non-profit moral and educational assistance in Brazil and internationally.

In mid 1980 ‘s, members of the Maranatha Christian Church started gathering in the United States and Canada. The church was officially established in 1988, in North America.

Our Beliefs

We believe in all the doctrines taught in the Old and New Testament of the Holy Scriptures, primarily those in which the Faithful Church, throughout the centuries, has always believed, in particular those referring to the Trinity, to the plan of salvation by grace through faith in the person of and in the work accomplished by the Lord Jesus on the cross of Calvary.

We also believe in the Pentecostal doctrines of baptism with the Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts and the direction of the Lord Jesus of His Church. We believe that the Church must be attentive to the biblical doctrines in order to live in sanctification and in obedience to God’s will.

We believe that the exercise of the Holy Scriptures’ teachings, especially those referring to the importance of using the resources of grace, are sufficient for any church to be awakened from a state of spiritual sleep.

Origin Of The Word "Maranatha"

The word Maranatha is not only a name for us, but a spiritual heritage. It identifies the call, a bidding from the Holy Spirit for a moment, a special time in the history and the life of the Church that is the RAPTURE!

This church emerged within the evangelical community as an option to embody this historic and prophetic moment. Maranatha is the word used by Paul to describe the great message of the Church, which is “The King comes”, in other words, “Jesus will return”.

In January 1980, by the revelation of the Lord Jesus, this Work received the name Maranatha Christian Church, as a sign that it would be known all over the world for the message it has been preaching: “Maranatha, the Lord Jesus comes”.

Voluntary Ministry

We are a pentecostal church, with headquarters located in Vila Velha, ES, Brazil, and 5 thousand churches and temples established throughout that country, in addition to being present in several other countries. There are a total of 40 churches in the United States and Canada.

The Holy Spirit is the one who directs all things, without prominence of individuals, all being volunteers.

The Church Body of Christ

Jesus Christ is the Head (Eph. 5:23) and the Church is His body. This doctrine has been a reality in the Maranatha Christian Church not only as a belief, but as a way of life, with outstanding experiences lived daily.

One of the Lord’s reasons to baptize His servants with the Holy Spirit – youth, adults, elders – was to allow the Lord Jesus to rule over His Church. As the consequence of this baptism, according to the prophet Joel, those servants would receive visions, dreams and prophecies (Joel 2:28), that is, all the gifts that allow the Lord to reveal His will to his servants.

At the time of the apostles, it is observed that the gifts were used specially to reveal God’s will for His Work. There are examples of this in the spiritual gifts through which the Lord revealed to Cornelius that he should call Peter to his home (Acts 10:3-6), guided Philip to preach to the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26,29), directed Ananias to visit Paul and pray for him (Acts 9:10-16), revealed to Peter that he shouldn’t hesitate but preach the Gospel to the gentiles in the house of the centurion (Acts 10:9-16 and 19-20), forbid Paul to preach the Gospel in Asia and did not permit him to preach in Bithynia, but in Macedonia (Acts 16:6-10), revealed to the Church that Old Testament statutes were to be observed by the converted gentiles (Acts 15:28-29), guided Paul to go up to Jerusalem to communicate his teachings to the apostles (Gal. 2:1-2), and revealed that the Lord had chosen Timothy for the ministry of the Word (I Tim 4:14), etc.

In our days, the Church still has similar experiences because she understands that the Lord Jesus must become effectively – not only in theory – the Head of the Church. Through His written Word we have the necessary doctrine and guidelines for the building up of the Church.

Our Message

Our first objective is to announce the Work that the Holy Spirit is in charge of doing in this last hour, revealing that the Lord Jesus is alive, manifesting the real presence of Christ in the midst of the Church and preparing the Bride for the rapture.

We are living in a prophetic moment that is close to the return of the Lord Jesus in glory to rapture His Church. We don’t know the day, nor the hour, but we have an obligation to discern the signs of the times. The Lord Jesus spoke of many signs in his Sermon on the Mount and left the book of Revelation for us to be able to understand the prophetic moment in which we live.

We understand that, as the Bride of Jesus, the Church is attentive to the moment of the Lord’s return, with lamps filled with oil, that is, filled with the Holy Spirit, because besides being baptized with the Spirit, the Lord’s faithful servants are continually filling themselves with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18-21).

In this prophetic time, the Church must preach the Gospel of Jesus with power and the Word/Message must be accompanied by signs that confirm it. Therefore, the need for the Church to seek the baptism with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8) and the spiritual gifts. The spiritual gifts manifestations are used by the Lord to show the world that Jesus is alive!

Moreover, proclaiming that the Lord Jesus is alive, the Church has the great responsibility to announce that soon we will return! Even so, come, Lord Jesus!