New Covenant United Church of Christ
The New Covenant United Church of Christ was founded
September 20, 1974 with the merging of the former Lloyd's
Memorial Congregational Church (which was joined with
the newly formed United Church of Christ in 1958) and St.
Peter's United Church of Christ. Salem United Church of
Christ became part of the congregation in 1976. Members
of the Concordia Bethany United Church of Christ joined
the congregation in 1988. Each of these churches had a
long and distinguished history of dedicated Christian
service in the Buffalo community.
The co-founders of New Covenant United Church of Christ, along with St. Peter's, was Lloyd’s Memorial, Incorporated (1914), which had its origins in a group which split from Bethel AME Church because of a concern for moral reforms. In 1964, Lloyd's constructed a building at Spring and Clinton Streets (459 Clinton) which eventually became the home of New Covenant United Church of Christ.
New Covenant began under the dual pastorate of Reverend Jimmie L. Sawyer until 1975 and Reverend Philip Smith until 1978. Reverend Will J. Brown Jr. was called to serve as interim pastor in 1979. A few months later, he was called as part-time pastor, a position he held for nine years. In 1988, he accepted the call as full-time pastor. Under Pastor Will J. Brown's leadership, the membership was spiritually uplifted through Bible class, Sundayschool, worship service and the celebration of various liturgical events. Reverend Will J.Brown served as undershepherd for thirty years retiring as Senior Pastor November 14, 2010 at which time he was designated senior pastor emeritus.
During Pastor Will J. Brown’s leadership one clergy was licensed. The church building mortgage was burned and the following structural additions were made: secretarial and trustee offices, two lavatories, pews and carpet. In addition two vans were purchased. Reverend Will J. Brown transitioned from his earthly home to live eternally with the Lord July 13, 2011.
The assistant pastor and wife of the Reverend Will J. Brown, the Reverend Jacquelyn Ross Brown, assumed the senior pastorate November 15, 2010. Pastor "Jackie" also enjoys a substantial history in Buffalo as a volunteer, educator, and mentor of young women between the ages of 20 and 40. Her passion is teaching as she proclaims the word of God. In 2014, following 20 months of training, Pastor "Jackie" ordained seven (7) Deacons. Under her leadership the church has continued to grow spiritually, financially and numerically. She has led fundraising events to install a new roof, remodel the front entrance, purchase a grand piano, install a new driveway and sidewalk, upgrade the media system as well as upgrades to the kitchen and pastor’s study.
Through tithes and offerings the church supports missionary activities around the world and locally. These outreach ministries include: Neighbors in Need, Strengthening the Church, One Great Hour of Sharing, Our Churches Wider Mission (OCWM) and the UCC Christmas Fund. Each Easter and Thanksgiving the church donates to feed 100 persons at The Buffalo City Mission. The church participates yearly in funding fresh water supplies and electricity for Dominican Families sponsored by Greater Hope Baptist Church. The church also participates in the UCC New York Conference. New Covenant members serve on the Church and Ministry Committee and the Department of Local Church Ministries. We are also a member of VOICE Buffalo.
The Ministries of the church include: Diaconate, Trustee, Usher, Youth, Young Adult and Christian Education; Women's Fellowship which sponsors a monthly guest speaker and luncheon; Men's Fellowship sponsors a monthly Breakfast with a guest speaker. Other ministries include the Garden Ministry; Senior Choir, Men’s Chorus, Youth with Voices, God's Jewels Praise Team and a Youth Liturgical Dance Ministry. Christian teaching occurs through the Thursday bible study, Sunday school, children's church, vacation bible school, new membership classes as well the preached Word. A two-day spiritual retreat is convened in January at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. The church sponsors a weekly food pantry; Moms Inspiring Moms (MIMs) which provides monthly workshops focusing on life skills training for single moms and reading for their children. In 2106 the Youth Ministry began the GEMS AND GENTS program – annual all day teaching workshops for Youth. The ministries are involved collectively in strengthening the spiritual growth of the membership.
Standing on a mountain of accomplishments in our past, we clearly embrace our mission of worshiping God, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, celebrating the sacraments; realizing Christian fellowship and unity, render loving service to the community and striving for righteousness, justice, peace, and equality for all mankind.
New Covenant United Church of Christ