Our Mission

      Impacting our youth and communities for Christ

It is clear to see that our youth are living in the midst of crisis and turmoil. From our young people’s perspective, there is no vision of hope. They need to realize that there are people, churches and agencies such as UCM who have a heart for them, and also the resources and services to make their present and future situation better.

Our ministry continues to teach and equip youth with essential Christ-centered life skills; thereby leading to a positive, and successful adult lifestyle.

Where Are We Now

Our focus is to teach, train, and equip youth with Christ-centered life skills leading to a positive, and successful adult lifestyle. We facilitate a number of programs designed to stimulate academic, social, emotional, and spiritual growth. We believe in creating an environment that promotes individuality while still stressing the importance of team building.

UCM continues to help meet the needs of low-income families in Buffalo by providing services through our food pantry & clothing ministry. We have added "Table of Grace" to our community programs. You can read more about that here.

Where Have We Been

Urban Christian Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian organization founded in 1970. We have been committed to serving youth and their families in the inner City of Buffalo. For over 48 years. UCM has worked serving our community in a variety of ways of youth development, and by providing innovative programs that bring life changing experiences. We have come a long way since our founder and first Executive Director Art Billups shared his vision.

Where We Are Going

We will continue to serve youth and families in the City of Buffalo, New York. We will strive to improve the quality of our service delivery, and make certain that each person who walks through our door feels the Love of Christ. We plan to increase the number of our partnerships and collaboration because we realize the importance of working with others. Lastly, we will continue to seek God for guidance allowing Him to work through us.


"Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long." Psalms 25:4-5