Believing that the teachings of Christianity are the best means of spiritual life, we do hereby covenant, in the presence of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, not only to maintain them in word, but to illustrate them with our lives; we covenant to love this church of the Lord Jesus Christ as our spiritual home; to yield to its decisions in whatever is not contradictory to the Word of God, and to cooperate in efforts to maintain these decisions; to attend its meetings of Sabbath worship and of social prayer; to unite with one another in remembering our Lord at the Sacrament of the Supper, and to contribute according to our ability toward the maintenance of a faithful ministry among us, and toward the spread of the Gospel throughout the world.
We covenant to sympathize with one another in trials, to rejoice with one another in prosperity, and to cooperate in all spiritual efforts to win fellow men to Christ and to His service.
Ed Palafox is an Elder at the Community Church of Douglaston where he has been a Consistory member since the ‘80s. Ed’s parents are Filipino immigrants and members of Tom Brokaw’s “The Greatest Generation.” Ed was born in Manhattan. When he was 7 years old, his family moved to Flushing, Queens. His early Christian years were nurtured at the First Baptist Church of Flushing where he was baptized.
Ed often announces from the pulpit, “This is not my day job.” It’s not. Ed has built a successful career in corporate communications and is an executive at a leading NYC event marketing agency.
Through frequent pulpit supply invitations, Ed and his wife Erika have developed close relationships with many churches in both Queens and Nassau County. So much so, that three years ago Ed sensed a new calling. Ed’s priority is to build a Spirit-led community of God’s people that defines itself and organizes its life around its real purpose of being an agent of God’s mission in the world. He is currently a distance learning student at Western Theological Seminary (Holland, MI) working towards a Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Ministry.
A certified adrenaline-junky, Ed is an avid mountain-biker, accomplished motorcycle road-racer, advanced snow skier and so-so tennis player.
Mary Ellen Williams
Dr. Joseph Woo
President of the Board of Trustees
Chairman of the Board of Elders
Director of Religious Education
Minister of Music