Who We Are

Name:  UCKG Apukeskus Suomi ry


Registration Number: 220.115

Entered the register in: 31.08.2017


The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) was formed in 1977, in Brazil. It owes its origins to a successful evangelistic programme conducted by Bishop Robert McAlister, a Canadian missionary in the Pentecostal tradition.

Edir Macedo – who went on to found UCKG – was one of the early converts. With the blessing of Bishop McAlister, he started to hold services under a small park shelter in Rio de Janeiro. His passion was to reach out to needy, less privileged people who were often excluded by established religions. As Pastor Macedo’s services grew in popularity, he used cinemas and local halls to accommodate growing congregations, attracting people from the streets to the expanding movement. Shortly afterwards the UCKG officially opened its first church inside a funeral parlour.

Further church openings followed and the movement expanded nationally across Brazil. Today there are approximately 8,000 UCKG churches in Brazil, with the headquarters in São Paulo holding up to 10,000 people at a time.

Following an exploratory visit to the USA, the UCKG was established in New York in 1986. Today there are churches in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Miami, Los Angeles and many other US cities. UCKG then developed its presence in Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Chile, Guatemala and Ecuador. There are also churches in Jamaica, Trinidad and Guyana.

In Europe, it is established in England, Portugal, Spain, France, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Switzerland and Poland. After the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the UCKG opened its doors in Germany and the end of communism enabled the church to provide churches for Russian and Romanian people.

The first UCKG church in Africa opened in Angola in 1992. It is now active in South Africa, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Kenya, Lesotho, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Uganda and many other countries on the continent. In Asia, the UCKG is established in India, the Philippines and Japan, where the first 24-hour church is based.

The UCKG is currently in over 140 countries and is still expanding.


The UCKG have being in Finland since the years 2000 and in the pass 20 years with missionary pastors and bishops visiting sometimes once or twice a month, often this missionaries would come from our church in Russia or Sweden for 1 meeting at a time. It was in 31.08.2017 that one of our missionaries finally manage to register our Religious Association with the FINNISH PATENT AND REGISTRATION OFFICE but yet we continued on the mission to have a full time pastor in the country, what we managed to do in July, 2020 that pastor Francisco Batista and his wife now living in the country started to develop more the evangelical work and help our small congregation to develop their faith and change their lives.

With new missionaries in the country now on 01/07/2021 the UCKG finally have a permeant venue hired and our doors opening everyday.

The UCKG is dedicated to helping people live life to the full – physically, emotionally and spiritually. We’ve reached such diverse group of individuals, people from all walks of life, and different nationalities, races and cultures. 


Bishop Edir Macedo

Founder of IURD

Learn a little about the history of Bishop Edir Macedo

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Pastors of the UCKG

Men who dedicate their lives to winning souls.


Volunteer Group of UCKG

Men and women of God who chose to serve Him

“Where a much better life awaits you”