The service for the dedication of our church took place on Sunday, October 14, 2007. It was a grand occasion. Special guests, including clergy and community leaders, and visiting friends from other churches and other organizations joined us in a splendid and joyous celebration of praise and thanksgiving. The sanctuary, with a capacity of nearly three hundred, was full.
Among the special guests who attended the service and brought greetings were:
Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, Council Member for Brooklyn’s 41st District Darlene Mealey,
Clergy Liaison in the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, Wanda G, Counsel General of Grenada, the
Hon. Allen McGuire, Executive Director of the Baptist Convention of New York (BCNY), Dr. Terry
Robertson, and the Executive Director of the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association (MNYBA),
Rev. Gary Frost. Several members of the clergy were also in attendance, and each one brought
Wanda G read a proclamation from the Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz, proclaiming
Sunday, October 14, 2007 as United Community Baptist Church Day. The document was presented
to the pastor, Rev. Dr. Dennis Campbell and First Lady, Joan Campbell. Dr. Terry Robertson
presented a plaque to UCBC on behalf of the BCNY. Dr. Campbell received the plaque on behalf of
Some of the churches attending were: Wake-Eden Community Baptist Church, Bronx Baptist Church,
Lighthouse Baptist Church, Calvary International Baptist Church, Maranatha Baptist Church, and Good Hope Baptist Church. The gathering was blessed with renditions by United Community Baptist Church Combined Choir, Wake-Eden Community Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir, Calvary International Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir, and special items by soloists Colette Gorousingh, David Menezes, and Paul Bevney.
One of the highlights of the evening was the reading of the history of the church by Mrs. Evadney Setal, Treasurer and Leader of the WMU at UCBC. The audience was captivated as she read with passion and great articulation the path that the church traveled from its early beginnings to the present, highlighting several significant events in its development.
The Keynote speaker for the occasion was the Rev. Dr. Samuel Vassel, Senior pastor of Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene, who presented a timely and powerful message on “The Purpose of the Church.” The hearts the people in the congregation were stirred and challenged as they listened to the man of God.
Following the service a formal dinner was served. Both the upper and lower fellowship halls were used to accommodate the large crowd. In charge of the preparation and serving of the dinner, were Sister Jacynth Wright and members of her team. The food was plenty and delicious. They did a splendid job. To God be the glory, great things he has done!