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Posted on: September 3, 2019

Christ's First Presbyterian Church Celebrates its 375th Anniversary!

Hempstead, N.Y., September 3, 2019 – In celebration of its 375th Anniversary, Christ’s First Presbyterian Church of Hempstead, N.Y. will be hosting a black-tie fundraising gala on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Jericho Terrace located at 249 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola, NY. The featured guest speaker will be the Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II. The Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II serves as Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the largest Reformed denomination in the United States. He was elected at the 222nd General Assembly (2016) in Portland, Oregon.

The son, grandson, and nephew of Presbyterian pastors, Dr. Nelson is the first African American to lead the denomination. As Stated Clerk his duties include interpreting assembly actions, representing the church on various denominational and ecumenical councils, witnessing on behalf of the church to social justice issues, and making statements as directed by an assembly.

The donation for the gala event is $150.00 per person.

In addition, a 375thAnniversary Homecoming Worship Service will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at the church at 10:30 a.m. All present/former church members, friends, neighbors, elected officials, Hempstead Village residents, media and the general public are invited to attend and witness both of these memorable occasions.

About Christ’s First Presbyterian Church

The history of Christ's First Presbyterian Church is closely identified with the history of the Village of Hempstead. In 1643, the Rev. Robert Fordham and John Carman found a suitable location for settlement here and purchased land from the Native Americans. Families came to settle the next year. They received a patent from the Dutch governor of the New Netherlands and the church was organized under Rev. Richard Denton. Rev. Denton had first settled in the Massachusetts May Colony, but left for Weathersfield, Connecticut in 1635 in order to practice Presbyterianism. Later, he and his followers came to Long Island for religious reasons. They established Christ's First Presbyterian Church in 1644. It is one of the oldest Presbyterian Churches in the country and has been serving the Village of Hempstead community for 375 years, continuously. The current pastor is Reverend Scott Bradley Williams. To learn more, visit our website at: and like us on Facebook at