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The Queens Ministry Church History
THE MINISTRY BEGINNINGS…
Like the day of Pentecost, the beginning of The Queens Ministry was birth amidst spiritual fervor and excitement. After nearly three years of sharing a preaching ministry with the people of Queens, New York, a small group of dedicated Christians banded together and asked Bishop Andy C. Lewter to make permanent his presence in Queens and lead them in the organizing of a new congregational launch. After much prayer and fasting, Bishop Lewter began to meet with the group to pray about the specific direction that God was leading them all.
On Sunday July 22, 2012, after hearing from God, The Queens Ministry held their first public service at the Harvest Revival Community Church located at 119-23 Springfield Blvd, Cambria Heights NY. The Queens Ministry will forever be grateful to Bishop Tyrone Sellers and the great people of the Harvest Revival Community Church for their prayers and support in getting The Queens Ministry off of the ground.
The ministry began with an 8 AM worship service, followed by a Bible Breakfast Fellowship every Sunday followed after morning service, and a midweek Bible Study held at 7 PM on Wednesday evenings.
The Queens Ministry officially opened the doors of the church on October 28, 2012. On that glorious day God added to the church and deepened the spiritual commitment of the newly planted congregation. As much as 40 congregate officially walked the aisle to become members of The Queens Ministry.
To start off with fellowshipping outside the ministry; in November 2012 The Queens Ministry hosted our first fellowship outing with friends, and family to see the play “Menopause”.
Continuing to believe that God was leading us, in March 2013, The Queens Ministry put down a deposit on a new place, to carry on the preaching, and teaching the word of God. On May 5, 2013 The Queens Ministry members met at Harvest Revival for one last gathering; following prayer and words of encouragement, a procession of cars, lead by our Pastor, traveled to our present location, the Jamaica Chambers of Commerce building, located at 157-11 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica, NY. It was a joyous day for everyone, with over 200 in attendance; including many friends, family members, supporters and local pastors representing different churches. State Senator Leroy Comrie was also present on this eventful day. To God be the glory, for all the things He has done!
Since that transition The Queens Ministry has grown in membership, and in the activities and programs of church work and service. Adhering to the biblical mandates of feeding and caring for those in need, The Queens Ministry initiated in December 2013, several communities outreach programs. We currently visit some of the neighborhood shelters, delivering food, clothing, toys, and the offering of prayer to the families. During the holiday season, we gather with our youth to present gifts and the singing of carols – these events have been a blessing to the recipients as well as the participants.
The summer of July 2013, The Queens Ministry held it first “Family and Friends Annual Picnic”, an annual event that everyone loves, and enjoys, held at the palatial Valley Stream State Park.
On July 24, 2013 we took our Bible Study to the outdoors with refreshments and teaching. We invited those in the neighborhood to come to our first Seven Week Outdoor Bible series, studying, and learning about King David, taught by our pastor.
We held our first Family and Friends Day on Sunday September 8, 2013, a service that continues to bless those that attend.
As the Lord has blessed The Queens Ministry, the members wanted to show their appreciation to Bishop Lewter for having the vision, and love for the people to begin this ministry and on October 25, 2013 under the planning of Sis Dorothy Harvey The Queens Ministry held our first Pastor/Church Anniversary Banquet at Antun’s of Queens Village, NY.
2013 was a blessed and prosperous year for The Queens Ministry as we continue to do the work that the Lord has placed in our hands and hearts to do.
2014 came in with snowy weather, but that did not stop us as we continue coming together and worshipping and praising God for allowing us to still be standing after 2 years. We held our first Black History Program in February, Honoring Dr Martin L. King, and Highlighting Nelson Mandela. We even held our 1st annual Women’s Day Brunch along with our first Women’s Day Service both events took place in May 2014.
We have licensed and ordained several members into the work of ministry: a new minister licensed in June 2015 and 5 new Deacons/Deaconesses added to our Diakonite.
While the ministry is still relatively young, compared to many other congregations in Queens, it doth not yet appear what God will do with people who are willing to obey and be faithful to His divine direction and leadership.