History is important. It is the legacy we create.
UNITED Church also known as United Church of Jesus Christ For All People, had its beginning in 1959. The church was officially founded in August 1962 as a non-denominational charismatic community under the leadership of the Rev. Frederick J. Eierkerenkoetter, better known as Rev. Ike, and 13 founding members at the Mattress Factory located at the corner of Duke Street and Wilmington Street.
Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II, better known as Reverend Ike (June 1, 1935 – July 28, 2009) was a Minister and Evangelist based in New York City. He was known for the slogan "You can't lose with the stuff I use!“ His preaching is considered a form of prosperity theology.
Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II was born in Ridgeland, SC. He began his career as a teenage preacher and became Assistant Pastor at Bible Way Church in Ridgeland. He later founded successively the United Church of Jesus Christ for All People in Beaufort, SC, the United Christian Evangelistic Association in Boston, his main corporate entity, and the Christ Community United Church in New York City.
The "Palace Cathedral" aka United Palace is now known as the International Ministries at United Palace. It is used as a live music venue as well as a church and is still owned by the United Church Evangelistic Association.
Known popularly as "Reverend Ike," his ministry reached its peak in the mid-1970s, when his weekly radio sermons were carried by hundreds of stations across the United States. He was famous for his "Blessing Plan" – radio listeners sent him money and in return he blessed them. He said doing this would make radio listeners who did it more prosperous. He was criticized for his overt interest in financial remuneration.
"This is the do-it-yourself church.”
"The only savior in this philosophy is God in you.”
Rev. Frederick Eikerenkoetter, Deacon Joseph Holmes, Sister Lousa Reynolds, Rev. Richard Bostick, Mother Josephine Bostick, Rev. Edward Mack, Mother Shirley Mack, Deacon Monford Smith, Harry Sumpter, Josephine Sumpter, Rosalee Stevenson