In The Beginning...
Our first office was a borrowed bedroom in a Christian's flat with a second-hand filing cabinet costing £30 and a typewriter at £25. We borrowed a desk and chair and our receptionist came to work on a borrowed bicycle.
Exceptionally humble beginnings for a ministry with a national vision, however, as Jesus said in Matthew 17:20, 'I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, "Move from here to there" and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.'
These times were very hard for us, with everyone on staff working as volunteers because we could not afford to pay wages but God met our needs through miraculous provision of materials and the un-ending generosity of our supporters.
In 1994 UCB was able to acquire the semi-dilapidated Hanchurch Christian Centre situated on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent and after renovation we ended up with a purpose built facility to house our broadcasting studios and offices.
UCB Expansion ...
UCB has now grown to be a leading Christian media ministry and is spread across two sites.
Our building in Burslem presented UCB with many new opportunities, including the expansion of our Supporter Care, Prayerline, UCB2GO and our administration, providing more space for The UCB Word For Today distribution. Our Hanchurch building is now the Broadcast Centre which houses the Radio studios and the TV department. From here UCB transmits our three radio stations: UCB 1, UCB 2, UCB 3 and UCB TV.