WHO WE ARE
Covenant Church of the Heights continues to grow out of a God-given desire and purpose to love and serve one of New York City's most dense, diverse and yet under-resourced neighborhoods: Washington Heights. We are a “family” of neighbors united by a shared vision to see real life-giving change come to "The Heights" through living and sharing the Good News and love of Jesus. We pursue this by God’s grace through Bible-based worship and teaching that connect with local culture and real life. We aim to foster authentic community and growth in faith, together serving our neighborhood in ways that demonstrate tangibly the justice and compassion of Christ. And we strive toward planting more churches to multiply all this in more places. We are inviting you to join us in this challenging yet exciting work, as God continues to lead the way!
As part of the East Coast Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination, a fellowship of over 800+ churches, We believe in the authority of the Christian Scriptures for our life and practice. We hold to the essential orthodox Christian beliefs as best expressed in the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed, as well as the Evangelical Statement of Faith.
Central to our beliefs are the following:
the centrality of the word of God
the necessity of the new birth
a commitment to the whole mission of the church
the church as a fellowship of believers
a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit
the reality of freedom in Christ
Where We Live
Located near the top of Manhattan, encompassing much of its northern end, Washington Heights is well known for such prominent and majestic icons as the George Washington Bridge and Fort Tryon Park, and institutions such as Columbia University and the Cloisters museum. Back in the ‘90’s, however, "The Heights" had become less favorably known as the seat of the crack-cocaine epidemic, stemming from its proximity to the bridge and major highway system that criss-crosses the neighborhood. But the neighborhood survived and now The Heights is best known for its almost 200,000 resilient inhabitants, many immigrants, of rich Latin (predominately of Dominican), Jewish, European and Anglo heritages.
Our vision is to join God in the renewal of all things, seeing New Yorkers transformed into passionately engaged followers of Jesus. For us, this means seeking the good of our neighborhood by speaking and living the Gospel as an authentic community of faith. We engage our neighborhood with a posture of active listening, celebrating its beauty and diversity, as we learn from the reflections of God's common grace within it. At the same time, we call out and challenge the injustices and idols of our community as we actively pursue its renewal through the proclamation of the Gospel of Christ and live out its calling to acts of justice and compassion.
Our Core CommiTment
Christ & Gospel Centered
Commitment to Justice