On January 7, 1979 Pastors David and Joyce Chedester established Faith Christian Center in Westover, WV, held in an attendee's house. A few months later the church rented and relocated to a church building in Morgantown, WV.
The Pastors then established Valley Christian Center in Masontown. This church later began meeting in the Reedsville Fire Hall. Pastor David preached in both Faith Christian Center and Valley Christian Center each Sunday morning.
In 1983 both churches desired to merge. In October of that year, the church merged and became known as Faith Christian Fellowship of Independence, an affiliate of FCF Int'l in Tulsa, OK.
The church purchased property that same year at the corner of Route 119 and Gladesville Road. Construction of the building was started in 1987 and by 1990 the building was sufficiently completed to hold its first service on Easter Sunday.
In 2000 the remainder of the building was completed. Since then the church continued to mature and grow under the Pastors' direction and leading by the Holy Spirit.
In June 2016, the church celebrated the home-going of Founding Pastor David Chedester. The Board of Directors and Founding Pastor Joyce Chedester then began transitioning the church to its next step.
Pastor Jeff Anderson was installed as the new Senior Pastor in March 2017. Pastor Jeff and Michelle Anderson continue to advance the vision and direction of the church by the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Dr. David Chedester and
Dr. Joyce Chedester
A native of Preston County, West Virginia, Dr. David Chedester was honorably discharged in 1965 after serving seven years on active duty with the military. He was called to preach the Word of God in 1968.
He pastored churches in Kentucky, Maryland and Georgia, and worked with the Billy Graham Film Ministry in south Georgia.
Pastor Chedester was a graduate of Clear Creek Baptist College (1971), Rhema Bible Training Center (1977), West Virginia Christian University (2005), and Southern Bible Institute and Seminary (2008). He founded and pastored Faith Christian Fellowship of Morgantown, WV from 1979 to 2016.
Dr. Joyce Chedester was a Registered Nurse for 40 years and was involved in managerial, educational, and clinical aspects of IV Therapy; and worked on the state and national levels of the specialty’s educational organizations.
She is a graduate of Virginia Baptist Hospital, Rhema Bible Training Center, West Virginia Christian University, and Southern Bible Institute and Seminary. She is currently an ordained minister working on several projects, and remains active in the guidance of Faith Christian Fellowship.
Pastor Jeff Anderson, Th.B. and Michelle Anderson
Jeff Anderson, BA
A native of Preston County, West Virginia, Jeff is the son of Rev. Larry Anderson and Rev. Jeanne Cramer. Jeff is married to Michelle Anderson and they have one son, Isaiah. Jeff was called to preach the Word of God at a young age. Jeff lived in Terra Alta during his school years and was a 1995 graduate of Preston High School.
Jeff began ministry serving in many areas of the church, as a youth leader and later as a youth pastor. He has faithfully served churches in Morgantown and Preston County. Jeff also continues to serve area youth at The Mountaineer Challenge Academy, as the Preston County Knights Football Team Minister, and as the Bruceton Middle School Boy’s Basketball Coach in Preston County.
Pastor Jeff graduated from Preston High School, studied at Life Christian University, and West Virginia Christian University. Jeff is a graduate of Life Christian University (2008) & West Virginia Christian University (2010). Jeff served as president of his class while attending WVCU. Jeff is ordained through FCF International.
His wife Michelle is a Registered Nurse, a graduate of West Virginia University School of Nursing (2001), currently attends Marshall University Graduate College of Nursing, attended Living Word School of Prayer (2008), and is also a graduate of West Virginia Christian University (2008). Michelle has served alongside her husband in youth ministry as well as serving in the prayer ministry, as a prayer leader, as a children’s minister, and administrator for different departments.
Isaiah has also served in ministry on the Praise and Worship Team and is gifted in playing the Cajon and Drum set.
Pastor Jeff’s vision is to love and serve people, preach and teach Faith in the Word of God, and that all things are possible with God. Jeff continues to have a strong passion for youth and young adults to help them see their value and eternal purpose.