As the East Coast Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church celebrates 125 years of ministry, we are decidedly focused on the present and the future, looking to the continuing guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Yet, that present and future ministry and mission are firmly rooted in and built on the foundation of the past. Much of our history is shared with the wider Covenant Church, but the East Coast Conference has its own unique heritage and place within the denomination.
The Conference extends over 1,100 miles, from northern Maine to southwestern Virginia. Most of its congregations are within 100 miles of the Atlantic Ocean; no church is more than 250 miles from salt water. Nautical imagery and themes come naturally.
The East Coast Conference was born of the winds of the Holy Spirit, weathering the storms of two world wars and theological battles, and pulling through the doldrums of the Great Depression. Later, the Conference and its congregations navigated through the shifting currents of the mid-to-late-20th century. At the turn of another century, the Conference has been lifted on the surge of new movements of people, and unfurled its sails to the freshening winds of the Spirit.
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