Promise Land Church of God History
In 1959 at the Y.M.C.A in New Haven, CT, a group of people gathered together to hold their first Sunday School meeting. With great vision the small Sunday School group moved from theY.M.C.A to a couple's 3-room apartment in New Haven. On January 16, 1960 after much prayer, witnessing, visitation, etc., the New Haven Church of God Mission re-located to Ocean Avenue in West Haven where it was organized on that day with a total of 7 charter members. (Claude & Irene Eller, Wayne & Mary Jane Clark, Bill & Pat Clark and last but not least the founder of the Church, Sister Anne Clark)
This was not the end of the moves for this newly organized Church. The Church would move next to Washington Ave., then to a three-family house on Truman Street. Shortly after the organization of the Church she would welcome her first Pastor. Reverend Robert Day, his wife Betty and their two children; Regina And Robert (Malcom).
On the celebration of the Church's first Easter the Church had a total of 39 in attendance and collected an offering of $13.00. In the Easter Service of 1969, less than 10 years later, the attendance was 259 with an offering of $1.000.00. To God be the Glory!
In 1968 the Church re-located to a new building on 75 Fresh Meadow Road in West Haven. Through much labor from the congregation, they themselves built the building they worshipped in for over 39 years.
On Tuesday, July 8, 2003, a special business meeting was called to discuss the future growth and building project of the church. It was at this meeting that the Members voted in one accord to change the name of the church to Promise Land Church of God. New name! Same Vision!
On January 19th 2008 the Promise Land Church of God held its official dedication service for its new and present church facility on 240 Burwell Rd in West Haven, CT. The facility is located on one of the highest points in the city of West Haven on over 16 acres of land overlooking much of West Haven, Orange, and New Haven with a beautiful view of Long Island Sound. The Church has truly become "a city that is set on a hill."
With the Church's present membership of over 800, God continues to blossom the Church into a multicultural ministry that reaches out to people of all walks of life. It is evident that this was the result of the prayers of those charter members over 50 years ago!