• Mission for Belair Village United Parish planned through co-sponsorship by the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), the United Church of Christ (UCC), and the Episcopal Church
  • Long range goal:  To build a church in proximity to the planned new Town Center


  • Belair Village United Parish meetings began with the calling of Rev. Richard Schellhase
  • Worship services generally prepared by church members and incorporated activities for entire families to participate
  • Congregation met in various places (Member homes, Collington Plaza, Fire Hall, Heather Hills School)


  • Church re-named as United Parish of Bowie (UPB)
  • Purchased the “Church House” in Bowie, MD (corner of Philmont and Pennant Lanes), via a financial gift from the Westminster UCC
  • Church house used for church activities, and as a meeting facility for community groups
  • Play Day established to provide educational experiences to pre-school children in a loving Christian environment, while encouraging independence and friendship-building


  • Rev. Schellhase resigned
  • Rev. Harry Applewhite (UCC Associate Conference Minister) arrived to serve as interim minister
  • UPB supported by the National Capital Presbytery and Potomac Association of the UCC, following departure of the Episcopal Church


  • Rev. Carl O. Bickel from Illinois began serving as Pastor following a Call by the UPB search committee
  • Worship services held in church house, centered around contemporary hymns
  • UPB formed a choir and commenced Children's Sunday School following steady congregational growth


  • Rev. Bickel introduced a lectern and began preaching sermons, with Shirley Bickel playing piano for the worship services
  • Christian Education and Stewardship Committees created
  • UPB participated in Vacation Bible School in conjunction with St. Edward’s Catholic Church, Village Baptist Church, and All Saint’s Lutheran Church


  • Worship services moved to Pointer Ridge Elementary School to grow congregation and provide easier public access
  • Family worship occurred during the first half of the service
  • Children transported to church house for Christian Education during second half of service, while Adult worship continued at school


  • UPB chartered on June 5
  • UPB congregation surpassed 100 members


  • UPB attained self-supporting status
  • Building committee created to identify a site for a permanent church facility


  • Church facility site purchased in Bowie, MD (corner of Mt. Oak and Mitchellville Roads)
  • Groundbreaking ceremony conducted at current church site


  • Church building completed at a cost of $450,000 for land, building, and furnishings
  • Church house sold at corner of Philmont and Pennant Lanes
  • First service held at current church location


  • UPB Community Service Committee began preparation of meals for the Family Crisis Center
  • Organized first Wednesday Lenten Dinners


  • Rev. Dr. Carl Bickel passed away after long battle with cancer
  • Rev. Laura Collins retained as temporary supply Pastor
  • Rev. Dr. Michael Parker hired as interim Pastor


  • Rev. Dan Holland from Washington began serving as Pastor following a Call by the UPB search committee


  • Rev. Dan Holland departed UPB to become Pastor at the Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church in Washington


  • Rev. Jeri A. Fields hired as interim Pastor


  • Rev. Chris Deacon from Illinois began serving as Pastor following a Call by the UPB search committee