The North Bronx Seventh-day Adventist Church is committed to the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, consistent with the Mission of the World Church of Seventh-day Adventists.
Our Mission Statement
This Church will seek to practice and promote Christian living by providing a caring environment that will enhance the spiritual, physical, emotional, educational and social well-being of the church family and the community. We are dedicated to winning of souls for the kingdom. Under the leadership of our pastor, Dr. Donnieval Walker, we strive to be like Jesus in all areas of our life. We would be happy for you to join us in one of our worship services!
The North Bronx Seventh-day Adventist Church originated as a Branch Sabbath School of the Yonkers Seventh-day Adventist Church on May 20, 1967. The shade of a large tree on property owned by the Church at East 219th Street, served as the Sanctuary for eleven (11) individuals, led under the divine guidance by Elder Louis Wisdom on that day. One week later, May 27, 1967, as a result of the efforts of Elder Wisdom and Elder Michele Cicale, the small group began to worship in rented space at the Emanuel Baptist Church, 216th Street & White Plains Road.
The group experienced such rapid growth that by October 1967, they were organized by the Greater New York Conference of Seventh-day Adventists as the North Bronx Seventh-day Adventist Company. A year later, in September 1968, they were organized into a church with 56 foundation members. The committed leadership and Christian dedication of Elder Wisdom and the members were blessed to such an extent that by 1972, when Pastors Owen Holness and Trevor Fraser assumed the responsibility of leading the flock, the membership stood at 117. There was also enough money in the Building Fund to motivate serious consideration in looking for ownership of a church property.
The members of North Bronx have always faithfully requested the Lord to provide dedicated spritual leadership, and He has always provided the right pastors at the right time. The demands of a growing Grand Concourse Church soon required the full time services of Pastors Holness and Fraser, So Pastor A.R. Haig was called upon to provide supervision. His tenure was not long however, and in 1974 Dr. Austin Scarlett was appointed Pastor of the church.
With continued increase in membership the need for their own building became more acute and in December 1975, they purchased property at 874 East 231 Street (at Bronxwood Avenue.) The intention was to occupy the building on the property while steps were taken to extend it into a sanctuary to seat approximately 400 members. Groundbreaking exercises took place on June 4, 1978 for the extension, but it soon became apparent that the size and location of this property would not be able to accommodate the enormous membership growth. So again a determined effort was undertaken to find a new church home.
In April of 1979, Pastor Linford L. Martin assumed leadership of the constantly growing congregation, and in November of that year purchase of the now occupied premises at 3743 Bronxwood Avenue was finalized. The North Bronx Church Building Committee, with Elder Arnold Edwards as Chairman, and the Greater New York Conference, immediately set work in contracting for the renovation program to make this long dream a reality. The renovation process was, to say the least, a test of faith and determination.
Pastor Martin was instrumental in organizing and being an evangelist for a number of evangelistic meetings, including tent meetings on the North Bronx premises. This heralded the birth of the Victory Seventh-day Adventist Company on December 3, 1983 with 94 foundation members. (Victory was organized into full church status by the Greater New York Conference on May 26, 1984, 5 months later.)
After serving North Bronx for six years, Pastor Martin was called to minister the larger Grand Concourse Church. Again, the Lord provided a dynamic leader in the person of Pastor Roy A. Gordon, who was introduced to the congregation on September 24, 1985. Pastor Gordon's three year tenure was to see more impressive growth in all phases of the church's ministry. A second "daughter" was born within three years when the Philadelphia Company was launched in December of 1986.
North Bronx was again destined to lose another driving force, and on October 1, 1988, Pastor Gordon was replaced by Pastor G. Earl Knight, who took the mantle of leadership without missing a stride. His evangelistic programs resuled in the birth of two more "daughters", Emmanuel SDA Church (in 1989) and Living Waters SDA Church (in 1991). Pastor Knight's tenure ended in October 1992 when he was transferred to the New Haven SDA Church and Pastor Allan W. Hay became our spiritual leader. This move brought a change in the method of evangelism at North Bronx while continuing fervent commitment to that mission.
With Pastor Hay came a renewed emphasis on Spiritual Growth and development in doctrinal matters by the membership. The seminars and programs of study improved upon the knowledge of religious subjects and engendered additional confidence in Personal Ministry activities. In addition, evangelists were brought in as needed to conduct evangelistic series for major soul winning efforts. One significant result was that the Mizpah Company came into being as the fifth "daughter" of North Bronx and was officially organized as a church in October 2001 with a membership of 65.
It was under Pastor Hay's leadership also that planning began in earnest for the construction of the current North Bronx Sanctuary and Community Service complex. A new Building Committee (with Elder Stanford Lewin as Chairperson), along with Planning and Investment Committees were appointed and an architect, Mr. Errol McIntosh, was selected for the project.
To succeed Pastor Hay, the Greater New York Conference looked for someone that was highly regarded as a driving force in building churches. Thus on February 24, 2001, Dr. Horace Russell was introduced as the Senior Pastor of the North Bronx congregation. The church pushed further into evangelism and various services to the community. The Three Angels Seventh-day Adventist Church originated as a result of an effort in July of 2003 with both the North Bronx and her first "daughter" Victory SDA Church. And by 2010, the new North Bronx Sanctuary and Community Center was dedicated.
The challenges foreseen for the church and community in the 21st Century demanded the addition of Pastoral Associates. To fill that role, North Bronx has been blessed with the services of vibrant, energetic young men. Pastor Reginald Chery served from November 1999 to November 2002; Pastor Rohann Wellington from December 2002 to September 2004; Pastor Lincoln Smith from September 2004 to May 2007; Pastor Kevin Graham (as Intern Pastor) from May 2007 to August 2008; Pastor David Thompson from April 2009 to 2011; Pastor Neil Turner from 2011 to January 2015.
After the legacy that Dr. Russell left at North Bronx, he was succeeded by the current Senior Pastor Dr. Donnieval Walker in July 2011. Pastor Neil Turner was then succeeded by the current Associate Pastor Duddley Francois in February 2015.
Now the church stands on the warm threshold; leading to increased and improved service and fellowship. Looking back to 1967 and watching the progress, from under the tree to the rented church, the purchase of 231st Street property, the move to 3743 Bronxwood Avenue, the first renovation project followed by the second major project, the planting of six "daughter" churches, and the growth in membership and mission, this historical legacy is one of dedication, humility and trust. It is the Guiding Hand of the Omnipotent Master that has brought the North Bronx Seventh-day Adventist Church THIS FAR BY FAITH.
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