In the fall of 2013, a group of families met together to dream of a new church with these qualities: a joyful assembly that bridges the things that typically separate people; genuine love for people inside and outside the church; heart for community at home and abroad; desire for excellence in serving and living for God; and commitment to the local church as God’s design to impact the world. The group felt the Eastern Queens, Western Long Island area was the right place to plant this dream. The new church would strive to connect people with God and with each other, thus it was named Bridge Community Church.
In spring 2014, Bridge launched monthly preview Sunday services and on September 14, 2014, Bridge moved into regular operation with weekly services.
Bejoy and Nisha Samuel, who were Pastors at a Mount Vernon-based church, graciously served at Bridge for an initial period during our search for a permanent Pastor.
The church knew that God had a designated person to lead Bridge and prayed for His plans to unfold. Directed by the Holy Spirit, Evan and Moira Peet moved their family from Australia to America around the same time as Bridge was getting started. Unlikely circumstances brought Pastor Evan in contact with Bridge leadership and the rest is history. The church thankfully recognized God’s hand at work as Pastor Evan and Moira assumed leadership on September 20, 2015, the first birthday of Bridge.
Since then, the church has grown in its membership, ministries, generosity, community, and missions. We’ve celebrated spiritual new births, baptisms, weddings, babies, and all the rest.
Every year, the church has captured new ground. In 2017, the church moved into Floral Park from its launch location of Glen Oaks. This community is now home and we are growing our influence in this area.
In August 2022, Glen Fraser – and family – joined Bridge as Lead Pastor subsequent to Pastor Evan being led to return to Australia.
Today at Bridge you can see a glimpse of the church that was envisioned at start. Yet, there’s a long way to go and the best is yet to come.