To create the largest soul saving effort Bridgeport has ever seen.
To lead individuals to salvation in Christ and into the fellowship of believers. To equip and disciple them so they may be released to fulfill God’s purpose for their life. To release them to repeat this process in the lives of others through City Wide Church.
City Wide Church is dedicated to making an immediate and dramatic impact on the Greater Bridgeport Community - first the city, then the state, then on to the nation. We will not promote a spiritual experience but rather the everyday Christian life that strengthens and moves us. Beyond Sunday Christianity, we desire for people to have a vibrant relationship with God, experiencing him daily.
Our Senior Pastor Luis Burgos and First Lady Yesenia Burgos have a heart to see the city of Bridgeport transformed for Jesus. Their hearts are set on reaching the lost and building up the body of Christ through a church that is multi-ethnic and multi-generational, one whose reach goes beyond our four walls and spreads like a wildfire throughout our city.
City Wide Church, formerly known as God’s Victorious Army Church (GVA), was founded in 1984 by Felix Burgos. He and his wife, Awilda Burgos, began hosting weekly prayer meetings in his home. About 25 individuals joined him with the same hunger for God, and was appointed as the leader and Pastor shortly after.
After Felix Burgos’ passing in 2008, his son, Luis Burgos, was called to pastor the church and thus changed the name from GVA to City Wide Church, as it is known today.
In 2020, the Lord began to stir in the heart of Pastor Luis to invite Pastors Leonard and Mary Green, of Amazing Grace Church in Bridgeport, to integrate congregations and merge ministries. Through prayer and many confirmations, City Wide and Amazing Grace Church became one in February of 2021, expanding our resources and extending our reach within the city.
In 2022, City Wide birthed a new ministry that reflected its former roots by adding City Wide Español, led by Pastor Marie Perez. The ministry is an integral part of our church culture, allowing the Spanish-speaking community to receive the same experience as those who attend our English services. The ministry meets every Sunday for worship service and Tuesdays for prayer nights, worship, and Bible study.
The City of Bridgeport, Connecticut is an urban, and culturally diverse area with a large population made up of approximately 148,654 individuals, according to the 2020 U.S. Census. Bridgeport is a city like no other; every neighborhood, building, and person has its own unique story of how it came to be. Bridgeport has a large demographic of Latinos and African Americans, which plays a big part in livening up our city and creating close-knit communities. These very neighborhoods, communities, and people within our city are part of the vision God has given to City Wide Church; we believe that we can reach these souls and lead them to Jesus by showing them compassion and the love of Jesus. Our heart is to disciple and equip them with God’s word to impact their friends, families and loved ones with the Gospel.