United Christian Women was developed in late 2007 in Ann Arbor, Michigan on campus at the University of Michigan. The concept for United Christian Women was derived from the first-hand, personal experiences of campus life.
Choosing to be strong in your faith and remain true to your beliefs when tested is rare (and challenging!). It is even more rare when you are young and learning to embrace who you are and the life around you. It is moments like these when you truly value having a strong family, supportive friends, and positive reinforcements surrounding you. This “support network” is essential and beneficial to life.
The college experience highlighted an unmet need for those who were lacking this type of support network. As a result, the collegiate experience quickly evolved into life experience and presented an opportunity to make an impact for Christ. The lessons learned became pillars for a solid foundation that would set the tone for an organized “support network” for others to join and glean information from.
On January 25, 2008, United Christian Women was incorporated into a non-profit organization for this very reason.
Within 8 months of incorporating, United Christian Women launched its first program, the Precious Gems Mentoring Program, at a local high school. Geared toward encouraging and inspiring ambitious high school girls, the program was a success and prompted the establishment of United Christian Women’s first local network leadership team at the University of Michigan.
United Christian Women quickly gained a national and international presence after its success in Michigan. Having expanded to Texas, California, and Uganda, Africa, while maintaining its operation in Michigan, United Christian Women had grown to approximately 500 members globally and was recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization by the IRS.
It was during this time that United Christian Women gained the recognition of several widely-known and respected leaders in ministry today. Having had the opportunity to showcase their work at various churches, ministries, youth groups, and speaking engagements, United Christian Women successfully spread their mission to large audiences of diverse women who could benefit from their work.
Founded by Connaé Raquel Williams and based largely on the experiences of her own life and the lives of women around her, United Christian Women has become a nurturing resource for women and members of the community who may be in need of encouragement at various stages of their life. United Christian Women encourages women to advance themselves in the areas of its 5 principles: Christianity, Education, Community Service, Sisterhood, Self Empowerment.
Initially established as a social organization, United Christian Women has evolved into a leading destination for women to connect, learn, grow, and serve with each other. By giving the vision room to grow, the leadership team of United Christian Women has witnessed the organization transform from a small college campus organization into a global resource for Christian women of all ages.
To date, United Christian Women is a rapidly growing international network of women, united in serving Christ through mission driven social activities supporting Christian values, within member communities.