OUR PASTOR

Rev. Lawrence Sallee
 

(We just call him Larry) was born and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida, blessed with living many years in Western North Carolina and has called the amazing borough of Staten Island home since 1996. 

Larry's undergraduate work was at University of North Carolina and his seminary training was at Duke University.  After a number of wonderful years as chaplain in nursing homes and with hospice, Larry has returned to his heart: Parish Ministry. 

Larry is married to Deana and they have 2 great (and grown) children, Sean and Andrea.


"God is doing great things at Oakwood, and I feel truly blessed to be a part of it..." 
Give Larry a call, he would love to talk to you, or better yet come see us Sunday at 10:30 AM. 


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Larry's sermon to 347-749-0667

 

Our Church
 

We believe in the life everlasting, and that the goodness in all mankind can be nurtured through the Word. We invite you to attend our Sunday services and join our congregation to worship together and praise the Lord for the many blessings we have.

We worship together as a community of believers. We support one another’s values and beliefs. We nurture the faith of our members and our community in a variety of ways including providing space and support for the Grief and Loss Group, Nursery School, Music Together Classes, Sunday school, Bible study, Karate, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and AA meetings.

We invite you to attend our Sunday services and join our congregation to worship together and praise the Lord for the many blessings we have.

 

Please view our video to learn more about who we are and what our mission is.  The Oakwood Heights Community Church

What is a Congregational Church?

 

A Congregational Church is governed by its members, expressing the belief that no person or body stands between the local church and Jesus Christ.  This makes the role of individual within the church very important, as they must, through prayer and study, seek God's will for the church as well as themselves.

Congregationalism began in 16th century England, when people called "Separatists" began to demand the rights of local churches to call their own ministers and of individual Christians to read and interpret the bible for themselves.  Because of persecution, many left England and founded the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. 

 

Congregationalists' beliefs about self-government influenced the United States Constitution.  They were instrumental in the anti-slavery and women's rights movements.  The importance they placed on education (for only an educated people could read the Bible for themselves) led them to establish many of the colleges and universities of our nation.

 

Congregational church today continue to emphasize the strengthening of the individual believer for his or her service in the world, the right of the local church to govern itself, and to reach out in fellowship to other Christians and churches.

Please watch this video to learn more about who we are and what we do.
 
We serve God and our community.  Visit our Events, Calendar, and Community pages to learn more about   our events and services,
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