New England Seafarers Mission (NESM) began in the 1880’s with the arrival of the ‘Mission Friends’ during the great Scandinavian immigration to the US.

Who We Are & How You can Help

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We began with a single pastor who worked the waterfront, visiting primarily crews from the many Swedish ships calling in Boston. Over the years, that ministry grew to include people from all over the world. Today, NESM provides services in Boston, Providence, Narragansett Bay, Portsmouth, and Portland. We have professional, paid staff in Providence and Boston, but members of local churches in New Hampshire and Maine have taken on the ministry in those locations.

Today, NESM remains part of the Evangelical Covenant Church, as an agency of their East Coast Conference, and we have an endorsement as a co-operating ministry of the New England Synod of the ELCA (The Lutherans). We are supported by individual congregations from a large number of denominations, including a few free churches as well.