Corona Congregational UCC at Queens, New York seeks to be a loving, friendly community that worships God, and serves others. We place a high priority on teaching from the Bible and following the example of Jesus. Our vision is to impact and renew Queens, New York and beyond with the transforming message of Jesus Christ through words and actions. Everyone is welcome. Come as you are - we'd love to get to know you.
Statement of Purpose
“OUR PURPOSE IS TO WORSHIP, PRAY, MATURE IN JESUS CHRIST, LOVE OTHERS SINCERELY, SHARE THE GOSPEL AND PARTICIPATE IN MINISTRY.”
Bio of Our Music Minister and Musicians
Ways We Serve
Rev. Reginald Brantley
Reginald Brantley is an ordained minister of the Gospel in the United Church of Christ (UCC). Having served as Designated Pastor of the Corona Congregational Church, UCC, since March 2016, Rev. Brantley was called to serve as Corona’s fifth Settled Pastor. In April 2018, Rev. Brantley completed a term as President of the New York Metropolitan Association, New York Conference of the United Church of Christ, a group of more than 50 UCC churches ministering the grace of God in the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the New York City metropolitan region. He currently serves on the Association’s Committee on Ministry, and as a facilitator on the Association’s Boundary Awareness Training team. He previously served terms as Moderator and Vice-Moderator of the Association, as a member of the Social Justice Committee and the Congregational Development and Standing Committee. He has served two terms as a delegate on behalf of the New York Conference to the General Synod of the United Church of Christ and is currently serving the national setting of the denomination as a member of the General Synod Nominating Committee (Class of 2023).
Rev. Brantley received the Master of Divinity degree from the New York Theological Seminary (NYTS) in May 2012 where he also received the President’s Award “presented annually to a graduating Master of Divinity Student who has distinguished himself/herself in ministry that most embodies the spirit of New York Theological Seminary.” He has served for several years as a Teaching Assistant at NYTS for several Bible courses and as an Adjunct Teacher in NYTS’ Certificate Program in Christian Ministry. He has also been a contributor to The Living Pulpit, an on-line theological journal published by NYTS. Rev. Brantley is a retired Administrative Law Judge with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. He heard and decided cases involving child abuse, adoption, foster care, day care and other kinds of cases involving children and families. He previously worked as an attorney in New York City and on Long Island since 1979, including positions at Nassau/Suffolk Law Services, where he eventually became Supervising Attorney of the Social Security and SSI Disability Unit, and staff attorney for the Municipal Employees Legal Services of District Council 37, the union which represents the vast majority of New York City’s municipal employees.
Rev. Brantley is a native of Conway, South Carolina, where he was active as a youth in the Cherry Hill Missionary Baptist Church. He graduated cum laude from Clemson University and received his law degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, Tennessee.
Rev. Brantley and his wife, Denise, a retired Doctor of Audiology, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in November 2019. They are the very proud parents of one daughter, Tamara, who is a City Research Scientist for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Rev. Brantley says his theological views can be summed up by the awesome declaration of Romans 5:8--But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.