Our History ...the Roosevelt-Freeport Church of Christ
The congregation began in the home of Jesse Saylor and his wife Madie. The Saylor family moved from Florida to Freeport, New York in 1942. The church began meeting in their home at 95 Albany Avenue, Freeport, NY in 1943. After worshiping in the home of Nehemiah Rolle and Walter Maxwell, the church purchased its first property in 1967. This property was a two-story private home located at 17 Monroe Avenue, Roosevelt, NY. It served as the meeting place until we outgrew it and moved to this present location.
The first converts
In 1973 Sis. Pauline Maxwell was the first convert Baptized in this area April 1965. Her husband Walter followed her and soon began to preach for the congregation. The following men have served as minister of this Congregation: Jesse Saylor, S.T. Moore, Donald Kelly, Richard Hickerson, Nehemiah Rolle and presently Walter Maxwell. Over the years, this congregation has helped to establish other congregations. In 1977 a missionary, Bro Ludy was sent to Far Rockaway, N.Y., to start a new congregation. This congregation is now growing under the Ministry of Bro. Cornelius Heyward, and meeting in their recently constructed Building. In 1989 a congregation was planted in Scotland Neck, N.C. The Hempstead Church of Christ was started by one of our former minister’s Bro. Nehemiah Rolle. Today Bro. Sampson serves as minister. Presently, the Roosevelt-Freeport congregation has a Sunday morning attendance of about 250. Walter Maxwell continues to serve as our minister for the past 39 years, along with Kevin Smith, the associate minister, and recent graduate of Sunset International Bible Institute, Lubbock, Texas.
What to Expect ...when you meet with a Church of Christ
You can expect to find a group of Christians assembled to worship God in the same manner that Christ directed the first century disciples (John 4:24). You can expect these churches to have a wholesome respect for the Inspired Word of God which must be the only and completed authority in religion today (Galatians 1:8-9; Revelation 22:18-19). Since Jesus declared, "Upon this rock I will build my church" (Matthew 16:18), churches of Christ look to Jesus as their founder and feel that the church should also bear the name of her founder. it is the conviction of these Christians that they have restored simple New Testament Christianity and advocate it to be the only real answer to Christian unity and fellowship in Christ (Ephesians 4:5).