Historic Ordination At First Congregational Church
He arrived at JFK Airport in July 2006, clutching two suitcases and a German-English dictionary. He also carried his passion to serve in the U.S. as a Christian minister; his twin missions to promote faith and social justice through his work.
The Rev. Peter Dennebaum's journey from the airport that day took him to the sandy shores of Rockaway Beach, where he served as interim pastor of the First Congregational Church for a year, and then, to the leafy, prosperous northern suburbs of New York City, where he presently serves as Associate Minister for Christian Education and Outreach at the First Congregational Church of Chappaqua.
Sunday, June 22, Dennebaum returned to First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach, and over 100 congregants of that church and several others, including his home church in Chappaqua, St. Alban's Congregational Church, Garden City Community Church, Union Congregational of Manhattan, and All Souls Bethlehem of Brooklyn, joined together to celebrate his ordination as a minister of the United Church of Christ. A truly historic event, this was the first ordination ever conducted at First Congregational Church, one of the earliest houses of worship in the Rockaways, established more than 120 years ago. An Open and Affirming Member of the United Church of Christ, First Congregational Church is located at 320 Beach 94 Street in Rockaway Beach. For more information about the church, you may contact Pastor Joseph Medlin by calling 718- 634-4701, e-mailing to firstcongregational@ earthlink.net, or visiting the website www.first-congregational.com.