THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF SOUTH HEMPSTEAD is a member congregation of the United Church of Christ, a protestant denomination of over one million people. Our primary communication with our denomination occurs through our congregation's active membership in the Metropolitan Association of the United Church of Christ.

Mission Statement
At The Congregational Church of South Hempstead/United Church of Christ, we WORSHIP God, we WALK Jesus' way, we CARE for God's creation and we SHARE God's abundance.

Associate Pastor

Rev. Rayford Howell

Church Board

The Church Board is the executive body of the Church and maintains general oversight of all the activities of the Church, plans prayerfully for the Church’s future and provides a forum for communication among the various ministries, committees and officers.


The Board of Deacons is comprised of men and women, who have been selected to be servant-ministers of the church. The Deacons oversee the worship activities of the church, including the music and choirs, assist in administering communion and organize special worship services. Each Deacon is responsible for the care of a specific group of members within the congregation. They are committed to visit and serve communion to those who are sick, in the hospital or at home. They also assist member families in emergencies.


The Trustees are responsible for the management and maintenance of all church property and the oversight of the business, financial and property affairs of the church including management of the annual budget and the management of church employee affairs. Trustees act as legal agents of the church in contractual arrangements and serve with diligence in the financial stewardship of the church resources.

Christian Education

The Christian Education Ministry oversees Sunday School, special seminars, classes, all youth programs and the Rites of Passage program for adolescents.

Men's Ministry

The Men's Ministry encourages the development of strong relationships among the men of the church. They support men in their Christian walk and development toward spiritual maturity. Their goal is to inspire, equip, and mobilize men for vital, passionate, Christ-centered living in the home, church and community.

Women's Ministry

The mission of the Women's Ministry is to enlist all women of the church into a fellowship of worship, education and service. We strive to cultivate the spirit of Christ and to this end, all women of the church are members of the Women's Ministry.

Youth Empowered Servants (YES!) Ministry

The Youth Empowered Servants Ministry (YES!) endeavors to let the youth of the church and community know that they matter, and to provide them with a space where they are welcomed, heard, and accepted into a spiritual family. We provide fun programs, activities and events that allow the youth to express their faith through their own words and actions. We encourage them to use their individual talents in programs and ministries that interest them in order to nurture their growth as people of faith.

Music and Arts Ministry

The mission of the Music and Arts Ministry is to magnify and glorify God using musical and dance gifts and talents to encourage worshippers to see and hear the message of the scriptures. The choirs sing a variety of music including anthems, traditional and contemporary gospel music. Special choirs and liturgical dance events and concerts are held annually.

Communications Ministry

The Communications Ministry goal is to reach the congregation and community through media in order to inspire, inform and invite participation in the life of the church.

Dorcas Ministry

The Dorcas Ministry mission is to extend the love of Jesus Christ by caring for God's creation. We welcome strangers, feed the hungry, clothe the needy and encourage the brokenhearted.