Rev. Raymond Talavera
Rev. Frank Sierra
Elder: Music Dept.
Elder Candidate: Brothers Dept.
Carmen "Millie" Rivera
Edson J. Picon
Deaconess: Sisters Discipleship
Deaconess: Sisters Fellowship
Deaconess: Children's Discipleship
Deaconess: Children's Fellowship
Deacon: Youth Fellowship
Glory of Christ Church was started on May 31, 1987, in the home of Raymond Talavera, founder and Pastor of the new congregation. It was started in response to the clear need for a bilingual, multicultural assembly of men and women fully committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
The first year saw Glory of Christ meeting at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, whose Pastor, Rev. Kelly Ray Merritt, graciously opened the doors of their building for worship services, Bible studies, and Church family events, i.e. birthday and anniversary celebrations. New believers in Christ were instructed by Pastor Raymond Talavera, and baptized at True Gospel Tabernacle, 1 West Tremont Ave, Bronx, which site was used for baptisms for many years.
Glory of Christ Church grew during the first year, so that a new facility was needed in order to accommodate the needs of the prospering congregation. In September 1988, the Church rented space at 1750 Westchester Avenue, where it remained until 2001. During this time, the Church expanded to the degree that not only was the first floor of the property used as a Sanctuary, but rental agreements covering 2nd. Floor classrooms and meeting areas were also negotiated with the owner, Orcaa Realty Corp.
The Church continued to develop according to it’s bilingual vision, forming a core of interpreters and a unique Service style where all songs, testimonies, and sermons were translated “on the spot”, allowing for families where parents speak primarily Spanish and their children who speak primarily English could worship side-by-side in an united time before the Lord, rather than split them into an English and Spanish Service format. This also had the corresponding benefit of educating each in the language and cultural norms of the other, adding a rich diversity to the Church which is enjoyed to this day.
2001 saw the Church again in need of another facility, both because of continued growth and the concomitant requirement for additional space, and in view of the fact that Orcaa Realty was in the process of selling the property at what was deemed by the Church to be an exorbitant price at the time, especially in a property which would need repairs to its foundation in order to be suitable for long-term use. Diligent searching brought the Church into a rent with option to buy agreement with Ebenezer International, a non-profit organization that was in the process of purchasing the former Jewish Center of Unionport synagogue building, located at 2137 Ellis Avenue in the Bronx.. The Church moved into it’s new facility in August of 2001, a mere two weeks before the tragic events of Sept. 11, which the Church responded to with prayer and support for all who lost loved ones in the terrorist attacks.
The challenges at the new building were daunting. Having been empty for many years, the building had been broken into by neighborhood teens and used for various purposes, and the condition of the interior was greatly deteriorated. Notwithstanding, the members of the Church banded together in order to repair all damages and prepare the facility to serve as a House of Prayer for all nations. The results were stunning, as the building took on a new life and is now a beautiful example of a people uniting with a purpose to achieve and a heart to work for the glory of the Lord Jesus.
Continued growth made it possible by the grace of God for the Church to obtain a mortgage with Ponce de Leon Federal Bank, and with this mortgage in place to purchase their facility on December 29, 2003. A great celebration was held to praise God for His faithfulness during the New Year’s Eve service 2 days later.
A great opportunity was presented to the Church when it decided to trust God and begin to offer food and clothing for the needy every other Saturday. Many began to come and be ministered to, and word reached Yankee great Bobby Murcer, who graciously donated to the Church and allowed it to officially begin a Soup Kitchen which is touching many lives on a regular basis.
The Church is organized into 4 Units, each of which has 2 Departments, which in turn have individual Branches where specific areas are targeted and ministered to. In summary, the current Departments are: Education, Evangelism, Music, Helps, Brothers, Sisters, Youth, and Children. Each Department will eventually have an ordained Elder whose primary task will be to coordinate the work done by all members in the specific areas of service. Also, among the Departments we have Branches, governed by Deacons and Deaconesses, covering a range of areas such as Interpreters, Ushers, Harvest Evangelism workers, Audio-Visual staff, Praise and Worship leaders, School of the Word (Sunday School) teachers, Administration, and Discipleship for all ages.
It is the goal of Glory of Christ Church to continue to grow and be a fruitful vine in the Lord’s vineyard, carrying out to the fullest extent it’s declared Vision, which is:
To provide a Christ-centered environment
Where English & Spanish speaking persons
Can be saved, healed, and developed
through the Word of God
To reach their maximum potential
in all areas of life
Trusting in the grace and mercy of God, who has made everything that has happened possible and who has always been with us to guide, protect, and inspire us to reach greater heights to His glory, Glory of Christ will continue onwards for many generations, until the return of One to whom all will give account and with whom all will enjoy an eternity of peace and joy forever. To Him, to our Lord Jesus Christ, be all the praise, now and forever!
Glory of Christ Church: Statement of Faith
1. The Holy Scriptures, books which form the canon of the Old and New Testaments (Covenants), are verbally inspired by God, inerrant in the original writings, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16).
2. There is one living and true God (Deut. 6:4; Isaiah 44:6; Mark 12:29) infinitely perfect in glory, wisdom, holiness, justice, power and love, one in His essence but eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. (Mt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 12:14; Rev. 1:4-5)
3. God created the world out of nothing by the Word of His power (Psalm 33:6; Heb. 11:3; 2 Peter 3:5).
His creation is wholly dependent upon Him (Job 12:10; Acts 17:28; Col. 1:17).
4. Human beings were created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27, 5:2, 9:6) in an original state of righteousness. Their primary purpose in life is to honor, glorify, and enjoy everlasting fellowship with Almighty God (Psalm 73:25; Isaiah 26:8-9; Philippians 3:7-11). They fell by a voluntary revolt, and consequently are guilty, inherently corrupt and subject to divine wrath (Rom 3:10, 23; 5:12).
5. Jesus Christ is God the Son (John 1:18; 2 Cor. 4:4; Heb. 1:1-4). He became man without ceasing to be God (John 1:14; Gal. 4:4); by uniting to His divine nature a true human nature in His incarnation, and so continues to be both God and man, in two distinct natures and one person, forever. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, exhibited His deity by manifold miracles, fulfilled the requirements of the Law by His sinless life, shed His blood as a vicarious and propitiatory atonement for man's sin, was resurrected from the dead in the same body, now glorified. He ascended into Heaven and now intercedes in glory for His redeemed as our great High Priest and Advocate, and as the Head of the Church and Lord of the individual believer (Matthew 1:20,21; John 1:1-14; Romans 3:21-26; 5:6-11; I Peter 3:18; I John 2:1,2; Luke 24; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 8:1).
6. The Holy Spirit is a Person, not merely a force, who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, through the ministry of regeneration and sanctification, applies salvation and places believers into the Church, guides and comforts God's children, indwells, directs, gifts and empowers the Church in godly living and service in order to fulfill the great commission, and seals and keeps the believer until Christ returns (John 16:1-33; I Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 1:13,14).
7. Every person, regardless of race or rank, who receives the Lord Jesus Christ by faith is born into the family of God and receives eternal life. This occurs solely because of the grace of God and has no ground in human merit.
8. The Church is the one institution specifically ordained of God to function in the furthering of the Kingdom until Christ comes again. It consists of all those regenerated by the Spirit of God, in union and communion both with Christ, the head of the Body, and with fellow-believers. Neighborhood congregations are the local manifestation of the Church universal. In obedience to the command of Christ, these congregations preach the Word of God, equip God's people for the work of ministry, and administer the Lord's Supper and Baptism.
9. The Lord Jesus Christ will return bodily, visibly and personally to receive His own, to conform believers to His own image and to establish His millennial kingdom. He will judge the living and the dead and will effect a final separation of the redeemed and the lost, assigning unbelievers to eternal punishment and believers to eternal glory, enjoying conscious fellowship with Him (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:50-58; Revelation 20:4-6).