About Us


We are a family-style  neighborhood church founded in 1950 by residents who saw the need for a  church in North Merrick, as Merrick and surrounding towns began to grow  apace. The congregation began meeting in September at the North Merrick Fire Hall. On December 17, 1950, they were formally established when 105 people became charter members (the date of their NY State incorporation is January 14, 1951). Merrick UMC is one of the churches of the New York Annual Conference of the the United Methodist Church. 

Today, the  congregation worships weekly in the red brick church which they built in  1951 under the leadership of the first pastor, Rev. A. Dudley Ward, appointed 11/1950. By the grace of God, and with generous gifts from members, grants from church agencies and a small mortgage, the  congregation launched its ministry to the surrounding community.

Stained glass windows, including a large Rose Window, tell the story of the Jesus’  life and resurrection and speak of God’s love and faithfulness. The  Chimes ring out the message of joy and hope, playing hymns at intervals throughout the day. The choir sings weekly (during the school year). On  selected occasions, the Praise Band helps lead worship services; the hour long services are held at 10:00 am year round.

During the school year, the educational wing, built in 1961 under the leadership of the  second pastor, Rev. Ivan Gould, Sr., houses the Progressive School of Long Island; the school is a tuition-based non-sectarian, alternative school for K thru 8. The Church Office and school offices are both accessed during the week through the parking lot on the east side of the building. Turn off of Merrick Avenue to enter from Little Whaleneck  Road, at the intersection of Van Nostrand Ave.

The Church sponsors  prayer and Bible study groups as well as a men’s and women’s fellowship and service groups (see activities tab on home page). During Lent, Merrick UMC jointly sponsors Wednesday evening services with nearby churches. They host the Fall Fair, a Spring Yard Sale and participate in the Merrick Street Fair in the fall. Pancake breakfasts, Picnics and Christmas caroling take place annually. Year round, the church collects food for a local food bank and raises money to support agencies that offer help to people in need.

If you or your family are looking for a church home, there is a place for you at Merrick United Methodist Church. Pastor Akio Iyoda is available for special services and instruction or counseling as well as home or hospital  visits. Call the Church Office (516-378-9222); leave a message if the office is closed. Come to service and let us get to know you.