The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) was established in1977 by evangelist Pastor Edir Macedo who saw the need to reach out to the poor and neglected, offering them practical support and spiritual guidance to help uplift and transform their lives.

The Church has grown rapidly internationally to become one of the largest Pentecostal Churches with active faith-based communities in more than 180 countries. In Africa, UCKG has Churches in more than 30 countries, and has 350 Churches in all nine South African provinces.

Besides its spiritual work of spreading the Gospel to all nations and its commitment to the salvation of souls for eternity, the Church is involved in ongoing community outreach projects which have a powerful impact on common societal problems including substance abuse, violence and crime. Specific groups guide, mentor and empower men, women and young people to overcome difficulties and make carefully considered life choices to ensure a positive future for themselves.

Pastors' wives formed Women in Action (WiA), an organisation which does extensive voluntary work in the fields of cancer and abuse, helping raise awareness and offering information and solution options. The Rahab Project helps victims of trauma break the silence and find freedom from past atrocities. Trained cancer counsellors visit oncology wards nationally every week and the support group, It's all about You, helps patients and their families through the cancer diagnosis and treatment process.

The Church hosts programmes on television including: Workers Prayer each week day at 5.55am, Soulprecious on Sundays at 6.00am, and GroundZero every Sunday at 7.25am, all on eTV. Stop Suffering is broadcast on Soweto TV on Monday to Friday at 9.00am and 12.24am, and ACT each weekday at 9.24am and 12midnight, also on Soweto TV.

The Church offers a round-the-clock counselling helpline (0861 33 0320) which is available to everyone. Visit the websites:,,