Sustaining Word Ministries is a non-denominational church founded by Rev. Philip Richter in 1999, one filled and solely controlled and led by the Holy Spirit, located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. It started that same year with a bi-weekly gathering, and as it became established a year later, God increased the service meeting times and added those with teachable spirits on fire for the Word of God. God performed unusual miracles by the hands of Rev Philip so that single parents, couples with their marriages on the verge of collapse, homeless families, young adults strung on drugs and alcohol, and the sick and brokenhearted confessed their sins and turned over their lives to Christ, who to this day, is working fervently on their behalves, making them out to be the men and women God ordained them to be. As the Lord called the Shepherd of the House, Rev Philip Richter, He anointed him and granted him (as He did with David’s son, Solomon) peace and rest, using what was instilled within him to affect all who came into contact with him



God ordained him to build a house for his name in order to reach and touch not only those in his immediate sphere or surrounding, but those far and wide, who in one way or the other have been called by God according to His own purpose. In addition, God has placed within Him the belief in the strength of His word bringing this scripture into play, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”


SWM is a vibrant and exciting place to worship and fellowship in the presence of God. Our desire and calling as believers in Jesus Christ is for Him to use us to bring new life, deliverance, and healing to His people and families of our community and our world. Our services are a time of uplifting praise and worship, inspiring bible teachings, elevating preaching of the gospel, and powerful prayer and intercession, coupled with nursery and special programs for the youth.

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