About Us – Schedule, Pastor, Purpose & Covenant, Affiliation & History

Ward Hill Church of Christ the King – A Christ-Centered Community of Faith, Hope, & Love

Ward Hill Church of Christ the King is a Congregational church that adheres to the historic Christian faith and proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ. We gather together to worship God and encourage each other to love God and everyone.

You’re always welcome. We invite you to join us!

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Sunday Service at 10 am – Holy Communion normally on 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month   

Choir Rehearsals — Sunday, 9:15 to 9:45 am  (September to April)

Grapes on the Vine, 11 am to Noon:  Refreshments; Sunday School classes for Children; Sermon Discussion for Adults (September to June — see Christian Education page)

 Midweek Meeting (Evensongs or Bible Studies) – Wednesdays, 7 pm (September to November & January to May)

Young People’s Fellowship, Men’s Meetings, Women’s Meetings, and Other Events – as announced


Our Pastor – Rev. Alexander M. Burgess, M.Div. – Rev. Alex Burgess has served as Ward Hill Church’s parson since October 1998. He hopes to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, God’s reconciling love for the whole world and to help people in their worship, discipleship, and service.  Pastor Alex is a lover of music and sings baritone. He’s also a lifelong Red Sox fan and enjoys the White Mountains. Pastor Alex and his wife Erin have four children: John (21), Helen (17), Andreas (14) and Eva (14).  In addition to his ministry at Ward Hill Church, Pastor Alex is a History instructor at Bradford Christian Academy.


Our Purpose – “The purpose of this church shall be to unite Christian believers in fellowship for spiritual growth and usefulness, for the winning of souls to Jesus Christ, and for the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through preaching, Christian education, and missionary endeavors at home and abroad.”     Ward Hill Church of Christ Constitution, Article II

Our Covenant – “Having been led by the Holy Spirit to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and to confess him as Lord, and having been baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we do hereby, in the presence of God and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully covenant with one another, as one body of Christ, to lead a life worthy of the Lord and fully pleasing to Him. We promise that we will watch over and counsel one another in the spirit of brotherly love; that we will remember one another in our prayers and aid each other in sickness and distress; and that we will cooperate in the total mission of winning others to Jesus Christ. We further agree by the aid of the Holy Spirit to strive for the advancement and purity of this church; to support and promote its work, spiritually and materially; to attend its worship services and unite in its ordinances, always giving it a sacred priority over all institutions of human origin. We will endeavor to live exemplary Christian lives to study and grow in the knowledge and practice of our faith, and to promote the Christian education of our children in the home and in the fellowship of this church.  We also agree that when we move from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of the Word of God.”     Ward Hill Church of Christ Constitution, Article IV

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.  In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.  In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.   – 1 John 4:7-11

Our Affiliation – Ward Hill Church of Christ the King is affiliated with the New England Congregational Christian Fellowship (NECCF) and the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (CCCC). Ward Hill Church also seeks to build relationships with churches of various denominations throughout Haverhill and the Merrimack Valley.

Our History – The Rev. Jonathan Allen and Deacon William Day of the historic First Church of Christ, Bradford began conducting Sunday services in the Ward Hill schoolhouse in the 1820’s.  Rebecca Haseltine and her son George aided the ministry with financial support throughout the years, and the Rev. J.D. Kingsbury provided spiritual leadership. Due to the expansion of the Ward Hill neighborhood, William Knipe, owner of the Knipe shoe factory in Ward Hill, donated the land for a new meetinghouse constructed in 1892, and one year later, in August 1893, the Ward Hill congregation became independent of its mother church as The Ward Hill Church of Christ. The church has been unofficially known as Ward Hill Church of Christ the King since 2001.

Ministers of Ward Hill Church of Christ, Congregational

  1. F. Lincoln Davis                1893-1896
  2. John C.C. Evans              1896-1897
  3. Charles Clark                   1897-1904
  4. Roland D. Sawyer            1904-1909
  5. George H. Credeford       1910-1935
  6. Winthrop H. Richardson  1935-1940
  7. Richard J. Schaper          1941-1943
  8. Arthur M. Norton              1944-1944
  9. George E. Whittier           1945-1947
  10. George L. Mossides        1947-1949
  11. Joseph L. Hunting           1949-1951
  12. Walter W. Lyon                1951-1956
  13. Calvin T. Wright               1957-1960
  14. Glenn C. Bachelder         1960-1965
  15. Robert Rasche                1966-1966
  16. Jasper M. Beane             1966-1970
  17. A. Lawrence Leathers      1970-1981
  18. William Allen                    1981-1982
  19. Matthew Smith                 1982-1993
  20. Wayne Earl                      1994-1998
  21. Alexander M. Burgess     1998-present

2 thoughts on “About Us – Schedule, Pastor, Purpose & Covenant, Affiliation & History

  1. Ward Hill Church is a wonderful place to worship and fellowship. We are so glad we started attending here last fall.

    • I am from a local Christian school called Boxford Academy. We have a church roster of all the churches in the area. If you could email me your churches phone number, email, and contact person that would be great. Our number is 978-887-8390, our website is http://www.boxfordacademy.com. Thankyou!
      Rachel Miles

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