OUR HISTORY

 

 

Pastoral History

Our church history would not be complete without the founding Pastor and those of illustrious distinction that followed him.  Here is the list of the former pastors of the Oakwood Heights Community Church.

 

Pearse Pinch                          1927 - 1929

 

Henry Lewis                           1927 - 1932

 

Cornelious Fersch                  1932 - 1943

Edwin Rumball – Petre         1944 - 1949

William Owen                        1949 - 1953

 

Elmo Pascale                          1954 - 1957

 

Wilford Paul                           1957 - 1958

 

Edward Buringham               1959 - 1960

 

Walter Page                           1960 - 1969

 

James Todhunter                  1970 - 1975

 

James Todhunter                  1970 - 1975

 

John Terry                             1976 - 1979

 

Richard Don                          1980 - 1983

 

Michael Terafay                    1984 - 1987

 

Donald C. Mullen                  1988 - 1995

 

Gard L. Rowe                        1995 - 2008

 

Lawrence Sallee                   2008 - 

 

Welcome! Our church was established in 1928.  We would like to share its rich history with you.  The Oakwood Heights community is steeped in history and vintage photos from our area as well as other communities on Staten Island can be viewed by visiting the New York Public Library web page for books. 

Pictures of the area can also be found on the Historic Richmondtown website:  

http://statenisland.pastperfectonline.com/photo?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search_criteria=oakwood+heights+community+church&searchButton=Search

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 individuals 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 movement.  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 churches 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.

 

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