«Manna is a ministry that has experienced great gain and suffered great loss. Nevertheless, we are determined to “be steadfast and unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as we know, our labor is not in vain in the Lord.» 1 Corinthians15:58
In January, 2000, the ministry of Manna Christian Fellowship Church was a vision planted in the heart of the Pastor & Founder, Rev. Aaron R. Moore. At that time he was serving his 5th year as Pastor of Chippey Chapel AUM Church in Hockessin, Delaware. Pastor Moore wrestled with the idea of leaving Chippey Chapel and in May, 2000 he resigned. Manna was a ministry birthed in the Spirit and Word of God, through prayer and fasting. Pastor Moore, saw the need for an urban ministry with a mission to serve the community and be located in the mission field. Many of the men and women he ministered to, for over 20 years in the Delaware Correctional facilities, were returning to urban communities and he was well aware of their transitional issues. It was his desire to assist and serve those individuals, as well as the community, and provide services and ministries to holistically meet the needs of people. Pastor Moore believes that “it takes a village to raise a child” but he also believes that “it takes a church to raise a village.“ During the month of June, 2000, many believers who embraced the vision attended the organizational meetings at the Community Service Building and on July, 2000, Manna commenced its ministry in the City of Wilmington. The vision of Manna is “to teach, train and equip men, women, boys and girls to fulfill the “Great Commission” of Jesus the Christ and to have a passion for God and a compassion for people.” The church motto, “Keep Coming Back,” is a response that is used at AA meetings and Pastor Moore began using it as a greeting and welcoming word of encouragement to those who would attend worship services. The scriptural basis for the motto is Hebrews 10:25. The first temporary location was 1408 Clifford Brown Walk. The favor and hand of God immediately confirmed the ministry as it experienced tremendous growth, salvation and deliverance, and provided various community outreach services. Some of those ministries and services included; Angel Tree Project, the HIV/AIDS Ministry of Compassion, the Great Commission Missionary Outreach Ministry, and the Manna Transitional Housing Ministry. Early in the infancy stage of the ministry, Pastor Moore realized the need for stability and a permanent location from which ministry and outreach services could be provided. The Capital Campaign and search for a building began in January, 2001. The first prospective location was a mattress warehouse located at 14th & Thatcher Street. Unfortunately, the contamination issues of the ground precluded any further consideration. The second prospective location was 12th & Governor Printz Boulevard. After 1 ½ years of working toward securing the location, the ministry was informed that it was no longer available. It was at that time when the 729-733 East 22nd Street location became available. In January, 2004 the ministry relocated to the Police Athletic Center (PAL) at 38th & Market Street. In September of 2004, Manna purchased the church and parsonage located at 22nd Street and in April, 2005, a mortgage burning ceremony was held. Construction and renovations began on the church in August, 2005. In June, 2006 Manna relocated to the Friends Meeting House on 4th & West Street. On September 30, 2006 the cornerstone was laid and on Sunday, October 1, 2006 the first worship services at our new location were held.