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Worship Sundays 9:30 AM

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803 West Fourth Street, Sanford, FL 32712


Church of the Upper Room

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Our church is a part of The International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church, and in submission to its bishops.  The word “episcopal” refers to government by bishops.  The Charismatic Episcopal Church is not and has never been affiliated with the Episcopal Church USA or the Anglican Communion.

The Church of the Upper Room was established in 1998. Then, it was known as the Church of the Holy Comforter. Our mission is to bring the light of the Good News of Jesus Christ to those lost in the darkness; to bring the power of Pentecost to the powerless; and provide a church family where grace is imparted and Christian growth is experienced.

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About Our Pastor

Father Mark Barth

In 1973, Father Mark Barth surrendered his life to Jesus Christ, while attending a Faith Alive Weekend in Lexington, Ky. He began to minister to the youth of his church and students at the University of Kentucky through the teaching of God’s Word. In 1974, Cindy Johnson joined Mark in ministry. She was classically trained in violin and transferred those skills to the guitar. Together, they combined their gifts to reach the lost for Christ. In 1976, Mark and Cindy were married and moved to Maitland, Fla., to serve as youth ministers at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. While serving in God’s church, their music ministry began to mature, and Mark and Cindy recorded the first of five CDs.

From 1980 to 1992, Mark worked for Christian Prison Ministries Inc. as the director of aftercare and pastor of The Bridge Church. In 1993, Mark formed his own ministry called The Exodus Project, which offered Christ-centered drug and alcohol treatment.

In 1998, Mark was ordained a deacon in the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church. He was ordained a priest in 1999, and was assigned to begin a mission “recovery church” in Sanford, Fla., called the Church of the Holy Comforter. Over the next 10 years, the church grew beyond just ministering to the recovering community, to include the entire Central Florida community. In 2011, the church changed its name to the Church of the Upper Room.

Father Mark has a bachelor’s of social work degree from the University of Kentucky, and a doctorate of Bible theology from International Seminary.


Through a variety of ministries, we gather together for mutual encouragement, to bear one another’s burdens, to grow in love and to seek the Lord.


As a spirit-filled church, we acknowledge the presence and activity of the Holy Spirit working in and through believers today.  This is seen not only in worship, but also in our daily lives as He empowers us to do His will.

We Answer

Holy communion

At each service, we come to the Lord’s Table and know Him in the breaking of the bread.  All Christians baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are welcome to receive communion.


In a world lacking foundations, we teach the truth of God’s word as it has been passed down to us from the Holy Scriptures. Through the pulpit, and a variety of weekly ministries, we hear the truth, are challenged to live it out and are supported along the way.


We are called to be people of prayer.  An intercessor stands before God for others.  Jesus always intercedes for us and tells us to do the same.  Therefore, we encourage private, family, small group and corporate prayer.

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All members of the Body of Christ are called to grow and serve.  As the Church of the Upper Room, there are ministries that provide opportunities for both.


Through prayer, the sacraments and special programs, God brings healing to His people.


Our worship is designed to bless God who has so richly blessed us.  We give Jesus glory, honor and praise through the many forms of expression within our worship.