It was in the summer of 1976, that Pastors Robert L. Lister, and Jonathan A. Thompson, pastors of the Jamaica and Springfield Gardens SDA Churches respectively, pitched a tent at the corner of Rockaway Blvd. and 142nd Place in Jamaica, New York, and for six weeks conducted evangelistic meetings that resulted in the birth of a new company of Seventh-day Adventist believers.
This company, sponsored by both the Jamaica and Springfield Gardens Churches, initially rented space from the Saint Luke Baptist Church which was at that time located at 120-02 140th Street in South Ozone Park, Queens, New York.
In 1986, Pastor Robert Lister was able to initiate negotiations with Pastor Dr. Roy L. Gilmore, the then pastor of the Saint Luke Baptist Church, and was successful in effecting the purchase of the said property where the small company of believers had been renting, and which is now known as the South Ozone Park Seventh-day Adventist Church.
At the time of its organization as a church within the sisterhood of churches of the Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, the membership stood at thirty; but under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the careful nurturing and dedication of pastoral and local leadership, the membership has grown, and currently exceeds three hundred. The pastors who have contributed to the growth of the South Ozone Park Church--recently dubbed "The Little White Church By The Side of The Road" are: Pastors Robert L. Lister, R. Clifford Jones, Lionel R. Arthur, Charles A. Tapp, Howard Weems, Llewelyn A. Williams, Lionel Martell, Richard Bryant, and our current pastor, Trevor H. C. Baker.
The South Ozone Park Church has further been strengthened over the years by the committed leadership of several local leaders such as Elders Arlington Greene and his wife Faye, Richard Crawford, Morris Brown, Carlton Williams and his late wife Omethia, Randolph Phillips, Catherine Woodlen, Lawrence Edwards, Ruth Stapleton, Irving Henry, Hosea Donaldson, and Hawthorne Gravesande.
Shortly after the acquisition of the building, a renovation of the interior was undertaken in July 1990. The work was done with the cooperation of the members under the skilled direction of Elder Randolph Phillips and the counsel of the Building Committee, and financed by $20,000 of sacrificial gifts received from the members over a period of six months.
The mortgage which the church obtained through the Atlantic Union Revolving Fund was retired and celebrated during the tenure of Pastor Howard Weems in May 1995.
At South Ozone Park, we continue to dedicate ourselves to doing our part in sharing the good news of the soon return of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and to hasten the establishment of His everlasting kingdom of peace.