The New York Pentecostal Assembly has a unique genesis and history compared with some of the other Malayalee Pentecostal churches. It also has a history that is rooted and founded in the work of the Holy Spirit and in the Word of God. In early 1972, a few praying men and women were inspired by the Holy Spirit to regularly assemble for prayer meetings in their apartments in Manhattan. These prayer groups grew into an organized body of fellowship that was then known as the Evangelical Christian Fellowship, and is now known as New York Pentecostal Assembly.

 

Rev. Dr. John P. Samuel, formerly a priest in St. Thomas Evangelical Church in India, arrived in the United States of America as an immigrant in June 1972 and joined the prayer group. God had used Rev. Samuel to minister in India and his presence among us in New York group was a blessing. As it did on that first day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit began to move within our group, too, and as a result brethren in this group were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues. It was a unique experience for the group. The Holy Spirit further inspired some members of the group, including Rev. Samuel, to take water baptism. The group worshiped the Lord with joy and fasting and prayer. The Spirit of the Lord was with them and it was reflected in their deep concern for the spiritual and moral values of Christian life. The abiding, comforting, inspiring presence of the Holy Spirit was ever present in this group. Many miracles were manifested and during this time, this fellowship came to realize the need to formalize their identity as part of the Body of Christ.

 

On July 30, 1972, the group filed for incorporation and on October 5, 1972, the group was recognized by the State as the “Evangelical Christian Fellowship.”  The Board of Trustees included Rev. John P. Samuel, Bro. Thomas Abraham (now Pastor Abraham Thomas), Bro. Thankachen Joseph (now living in Florida), Mrs. Sosamma Mathai (Coney Island), Bro. Chandy George, Bro. Abraham Samuel (now Pastor Abraham Samuel), and Bro. John Thomas (now living in Florida).

 

The official address of Evangelical Christian Fellowship was 331 E. 29th St., New York, which used to be Pastor Abraham Samuel’s residence. The first worship was held in the apartment of Bro. John Thomas at 312 E. 90th St., New York, on July 11, 1972. Thereafter, until the end of 1972, the group conducted regular worship services at the residence of Pastor Abraham Samuel. Toward the end of 1972 the fellowship moved to A. B. Simpson Hall of the First Alliance Church located at 355 E. 68th St., New York, and gathered regularly for worship there until 1978.

            

The fellowship continued to grow after Rev. Dr. Itty Abraham migrated to the United States from India on March 7, 1975, and joined the group. And in 1979, after much thought, prayer and discussion the fellowship was renamed as the New York Pentecostal Assembly (NYPA).

 

The assembly continued its outreach ministries and God used the church as His instrument. For instance, in 1979 the church conducted a youth fellowship for all Pentecostal churches at Cambria Heights Church. Additionally, God used the church to start city-wide fasting and prayer. God also continued to work through the lives of individual brothers and sisters. God called Bro. Abraham Samuel to the ministry and he was ordained as Pastor on November 6, 1977. On March 1, 1979, Bro. Itty Abraham was ordained as pastor, and on November 5, 1988, Bro. Thomas Abraham was ordained as Pastor. He is now serving as the Pastor of New York Pentecostal Assembly, Staten Island. On July 29, 2000, Bro. P. T. Thomas was ordained as an evangelist, and on April 19, 2001, Dr. Baidyanath Sahay was ordained as Pastor. He is now serving as the Pastor of a Hindi congregation.

 

In 1978, the New York Pentecostal Assembly moved its place of worship from Manhattan to 23-11 98th Street, East Elmhurst, New York, its current location. In 1981, a long-time desire and prayer of this congregation was answered. God enabled NYPA to purchase the building in which it was holding its worship services. The assembly now had its own house of prayer. On September 29, 2002, the New York Pentecostal Assembly was affiliated with the India Pentecostal Church of God, Kumbanad, Kerala State, India. Rev. Dr. Itty Abraham continues to serve as the Pastor and President of NYPA. Bros. Francis Pulparambil and Thampi Thomas serve as secretary and treasurer, respectively; Evangelist P.T. Thomas and Bro. Thomas M. Kidangalil serves as board members; and Bro. John Francis, as the Sunday School Superintendent.

Rev. Itty Abraham

THE NEW YORK PENTECOSTAL ASSEMBLY

23-11 98th Street, East Elmhurst

 NY 11369

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