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Our Story

About Pastor Ed Carnahan and Portsmouth Believers Church

Portsmouth Believers Church Beginnings:

Our very first services were Healing Meetings on April 10 and 11, 2015 at the Courtyard by Marriott. After several months there, Portsmouth Believers Church held services at the Greenleaf Recreation Center, and then later at Operation Blessing on Lafayette Road. From August 2016 to March 2019, we met in a business condominium at Greenleaf Woods. Join us now in converted office space in front of a warehouse on Heritage Avenue (near the Portsmouth Post Office).  PBC is always stepping up, for "the steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord and he delights in his ways" (Proverbs 37:23).

Sanford Believers Church Beginnings:

Following the leading of the Holy Spirit and responding to the prayer cry of believers near Sanford, Maine, we launched a Believers service November 2019. Services are on hold because of Covid, but were held at the AmVets function hall, 169 School Street, Sanford, Maine. We give God's spirit access to a region and He makes all things good!

Our Pastors' History:

Pastors Ed and Margaret Carnahan served at Word of Life Christian Fellowship in Concord, New Hampshire, from 1992 to 2016 as children's ministers, ministerial staff, and associate pastor. They are graduates of Victory Bible Training Center, in North Reading, MA, and ordained with Rhema Ministerial Association International in Broken Arrow, OK.  The Carnahans have enjoyed 34 years of marriage and have two grown children and three cute-as-pie grandchildren. They enjoy working in their yard, yard-sailing, and walking New Hampshire's beautiful beaches, towns and countryside.  Be sure to stop and say Hi if you see them walking about!

Our Service Style:

Believers Churches include both the authoritative preaching of God's Word and the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit in every service.  Children receive age appropriate ministry in their fun classrooms during the sermon on most Sundays. Our inspired worship includes songs from contemporary Christian worship groups. We have Holy Spirit-directed prayer meetings.  We have prayer for the sick and for salvation at each service. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence by praying in tongues is available to all believers who ask and receive. Stay after service for refreshments and making connections with Believers. We look forward to meeting you!

Our Assignment:

To make disciples of Jesus Christ.
To help facilitate the end-time outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Our Methods:

By teaching, preaching, and inspired prayer.

Our Affiliation:
PBC is a nondenominational Christian church. Pastors are licensed by Rhema Ministerial Association International (RMAI) and are active members. Pastors carry the Rhema mandate to "go and teach My people faith" and preach the Word of God simply but powerfully. You will learn the authority of the believer, who you are in Christ, God's provision for you, your purpose, and how to live a victorious life.