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Building The 
   Bridge Youth.

1 Corinthians 12:13


"For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit."

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The purpose of Building The Bridge Ministries within the UPCI exists to provide resources and training to the United Pentecostal Church International, for the use of effective evangelism within our diverse communities without digressing from our primary focus of evangelizing & including Brown & African American communities.


Leadership Team

Building The Bridge National Youth Coordinator 

Derek Van Stewart Jr


Building The Bridge Regional Director (South West Region)

Laird Sillimon

Building The Bridge Youth Regional Director (South Central Region)

Derek Van Stewart Jr

Building The Bridge Youth Regional Director (South East Region)

Caleb McGrew


Building The Bridge Youth Regional Director (North West Region)

Manny Nkiwane


Building The Bridge Youth Regional Director (North Central Region)

Dusty Young


Building The Bridge Youth Regional Director (North East Region)

Tirhohn Sanders



"I had so much fun at the Building The Bridge Conference in 2021. The youth sessions that Bro. Hypolite taught were very good and helped me a lot. I enjoyed being with the other kids my age and seeing them want to live for God too. I made some new friends and can not wait to see them again. The church services were great, but I also enjoyed the activities too. We had a basketball tournament everyday and that was one of my favorite parts of the conference too. I am looking forward to the next conference. I know the church services will be awesome and I can not wait to meet some more new friends."

Myron Wideman III

"The 2022 Building the Bridge Conference has incorporated evangelistic services designed to minister to the youth and provide opportunities for fellowship with peers from all over the country. God moved mightily within our youth at the 2021 conference. The day sessions were full of anointed singing, worshiping and preaching.  We also instituted a panel session in which the youth were allowed to submit questions in advance and the panelists provided scriptural responses to each question.  You could see the anticipation on their faces as each question was read and answered. We had a great time after services in which the youth and staff played basketball  against each other on Thursday and Friday afternoon. We’re still not sure who taught who, but fun was had by all! Led by the leadership of Bro. Byron Hypolite and his team, the 2022 conference is going to be the best yet."

Marvin Davis 

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