Our Story

The history of Now Faith Christian Center Church

Our Humble Beginnings….

Leon Emerson, petitioning the Lord for His will concerning his life implored the Lord for clarity regarding the ministry calling upon his life. He was instructed to start Now Faith Christian Center Church (NFCCC). This would be a ministry with the mission to preach faith back into the hearts of men. Still employed with the Denver Fire Department, he shared his vision with his wife Pastor Yvonne Emerson, who fully supported his vision.

Obedience to God

In obedience to God and walking by faith, Pastors Leon and the late Evangelist Yvonne Emerson started their ministry in the basement of their home in the Park Hill neighborhood in Denver, Colorado in January 1983.  

The ministry outgrew this location and God directed them to relocate to the Dahlia Shopping Center.  As membership continued to flourish, the ministry expanded to include the following ministries: sound and audio, usher board, music, women, youth, men and outreach. 

With continued, rapid growth, Apostle Leon and Pastor Yvonne Emerson were faced with a larger congregation and insufficient space. Again, they asked God for direction concerning relocation.  

Exponential Growth Leads to Relocation

In October 1985, NFCCC moved to a larger unit in the Dahlia Shopping Center, temporarily accommodating the tremendous growth.  At that time, Children’s Church and weekly Children’s Bible Study were established to meet the needs of the congregation.  Also, in 1985, The Excellent Name of Jesus radio outreach was created and the message of Faith was heard on KQXI, later on KDKO and currently on KLDC.  This has allowed Now Faith to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ  throughout the Denver metropolitan area and surrounding Colorado communities.

A Beacon of Light in the Community

Since 1991, Now Faith has been a voice in  the greater Denver metropolitan area and have been serving the needs of the community for over 36 years.

Not only have Apostle Emerson and the late Evangelist Yvonne preached Faith in the four walls of the church, they also  preached faith in the highways and hedges and compelled them to come, according to Luke 14:23. Throughout the years, the church has delivered numerous community and outreach programs, including: after-school tutoring, providing academic scholarships, youth car giveaways,  hosting 9News Community Health Fairs, food bank donations, men’s clothing and suit drives, Vacation Bible School, annual toy drives, and serving as a shelter after 9-11 feeding and serving over 1,000 people, and iMatter luncheons.

iMatter is a community-based luncheon for women  from all walks of life, a vision of Pastor Yvonne Emerson,  established to let women know that they matter especially in the eyes of God, regardless of life’s obstacles! In 2008, Now Faith established Faith Preparatory Learning Academy, a school to meet the needs of neglected students in Denver. NFCCC also hosted Freedom Conferences that featured anointed Pastors from around the country: Bishop TD Jakes, Bishop Jamal Bryant, Bishop Liston Page and Bishop George Bloomer, to name a few.

Pastor Emerson has also served as a voice in the community serving two terms as the President of the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance, the oldest Civil Rights organization in the state of Colorado. In this leadership role, Pastor Emerson has met with former Presidents, George Bush, Bill Clinton and Barak Obama, and has met with several elected officials. Numerous ministries both  local and abroad, and people near and far from all walks of life have been blessed and have benefited by the mandate and calling to “Preach Faith into the hearts of men, women, and children.”

In August 2017, Pastor Yvonne Emerson gained her heavenly reward. Her legacy lives on and her impact, guidance, and foundational principles for the Now Faith ministry will never be forgotten. She was a First Lady extraordinaire setting the standard for Pastor’s Wives. Her unique way of delivering the Word of God was unique and one-of-a-kind. Although she will be missed, her spirit lives on.

Through the grace of God, as NFCCC continues to expand, and to Preach Faith. Apostle Emerson will continue the vision that God gave him over 36 years ago.

“So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom. 10:17) “…And how shall they hear without a preacher? (Rom. 10:14) To God be the Glory for the things he as done.