The Haitian congregation of First Church of the Nazarene is a multicultural Christian community connecting people everywhere with the love of God. Our ministry breaks down the language barrier to connect people from different ethnicities.
Our worship is done trilingual Haitian Creole /French and English in an atmosphere of surrendered devotion to God, intensive prayer, passionate worship, and the practical Word.
We are a diverse community who is passionately serving the Lord as we continue to invest in each other’s lives and our community. In receiving, extending, and sharing Christ’s life with others, we have developed several ministry opportunities through which we can serve God and people.
If you are looking to build the kingdom of God cross-culturally, this is a place for you. Please contact Pastor Maromy Samuel at [email protected].
Come celebrate with us. Worship is done in bilingual fashion: Haitian-Creole and English in Heritage Chapel on Sunday mornings from 10:30am to 12:00pm.
Various topics on Christian education are offered on Sunday evenings at 6:00pm (Psalm 34:3).
We are committed to long term partnership with Haiti. The church will continue to send teams to build churches, schools, and dig wells to provide clean water, shelters, and medical clinics in Haiti. If you are interested in participating please contact us for our next mission trip.
As Haiti’s infrastructure was totally destroyed, it has been very important to coordinate efforts to meet the people’s most fundamental needs. However after two years of relief, our focus is now moving to a new phase to partner with local churches and to help them build their communities, one at a time. Our vision is to establish rural community health clinics to provide health services in several communities in Haiti. “Friends of Haiti” is a community event in East Nashville which has been successfully led to raise funds to support our mission trips since May 2010.
This is the monthly Rendez-vous where we connect with our friends and family members, former missionaries, any other people who are interested in connecting with the Haitian community, current volunteers, or anyone who has a taste for the Haitian culture. It is one of the most exciting moments of the life of our congregation; we meet new friends and rekindle old ones. People usually take that opportunity to enjoy a good time with their friends and family.
This ministry reaches out to young families and parents in our church and our community. We provide basic family counseling from a biblical perspective. We meet Sunday mornings at 9:00am and the second Sunday evening of each month at 6:00pm.
As Disciples of Christ, we are called to care for the sick, the poor, and the less fortunate. The “Benevolence Funds or Caisse de Secours” aims to provide small immediate assistance to people who are in need during times of hardship (James 1:27).
Through this platform, we provide marriage counseling and home prayer visits to families in need. In the past several months we have seen many relationships and families restored by the grace of God, and others encouraged in their walk with the Lord!
This 8-week intensive spoken Haitian-Creole course is designed for students with very minimal to no previous background in the language. Attendees will acquire the most basic knowledge, grammar, vocabulary, syntax, and skill of the language so they can conduct basic conversations in formal and informal settings on a variety of topics.
Many immigrants are moving in to Nashville. With a great influx of immigrants from many countries comes an urgent need for people to learn English. The ELL ministries offer great opportunities for literacy, grammar, and practical conversation. Classes are offered on Monday nights from 6:00pm-8:00pm. For more information, please contact the ELL Coordinator Karen Bryant ([email protected]). The classes are formed with people from various countries: Haiti, Mexico, Burundi, South America, and Africa.
a) Literacy Class: Students in this category have no, or very little, experience with writing or reading in their native language. The objective of this class is to allow students to be comfortable with writing and reading in their native language. After one year, students are expected to become proficient in writing the English alphabet and the basic vocabulary to eventually create their own sentences.
b) Beginners: This class allows students to comfortably share their personal information, ask for directions, and confidently ask basic questions about the world around them.
c) Level 1: Students at this level are expected to express their feelings in short sentences. But they will continue to learn important communicative functions. The class is more focused on practical issues of life.
d) Level 2: Students are expected to have some foundational vocabulary skills and basic grammar structure. The class is focused on grammar and vocabulary. At the end of the semester, students should be comfortable with writing paragraphs.
e) Level 3: At this level, students are able to describe problems, narrate stories, and communicate clearly.
f) Advanced Level 4: The program for level 4 is currently not available.
Through this class, students get basic training in common office and other administrative tasks. Basic computer training is offered once a week.
You may not be able to go to a mission or contribute but you may commit yourself to spend 5 minutes praying for our teams and our missionaries. Let us know that you want to join us in prayer.
We consider Bible teachings as a vital part of our Christian development. As we study the word of God, we understand how God wants to transform us unto the image of Jesus (Ephesians 4:12).
Sunday School is a one-hour effective Bible teaching with a small group setting. It starts at 9:00am (2 Timothy 3:17) with various groups.
Following a prayer session, the Bible study is led by Pastor Samuel every Wednesday night at 7:00pm.
We welcome new members into our family through membership connection every Sunday night from 5:00pm-6:00pm.
Faith class is designed to answer basic questions about God, our faith, and the church. This class also prepares believers for a life of Christian ministry and baptism.
This ministry is designed to assure the legacy of the Haitian-American culture to the second generation of youths and young adults (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
This is a dynamic ministry for women, which focuses on developing Christian character in their homes and their community (Proverbs 31). They meet once a week for various activities of social, life-skills trainings, rehearsals, Bible study, and outreach.
Association of “Bon Samaritans” is a dynamic ministry for men, focused on developing Christian character in their homes and their community (Proverbs 31:10). They meet once a week for various activities of social, life-skills trainings, rehearsals, Bible study, and outreach.
a) Thursday mornings a small group of men and wormen conduct a weekly prayer/outreach service.
b) We also have an evening prayer meeting that meets the 2nd Saturday of every month (Acts 14:23).
c) Another small intercessory group gathers the 4th Saturday of every month in the morning for a prayer/fasting service in Wise Chapel.
In December of 2009, we shared home cooked meals with our neighbors in “Tent City”. That day has become an annual ministry where we remind ourselves to share our blessings with the less fortunate among us (Matthew 25:36).
However, after the flood of May 2010, “Tent City” no longer existed. Through Emmaus Fellowship, there are new opportunities for our people to share. Our congregation has become involved with serving Emmaus Fellowship on a rotation basis, one Sunday every other month. As we serve, we are challenged to do more than just share a meal; but to establish relationships.
This weekly multicultural perspectives radio ministry is intended to educate the Haitian community on various topics of Christian living and community life. This 30 minute radio broadcast is sponsored by the Fisk University in partnership with “Planèt Kréyòl” and the pastors of the Haitian community in Nashville on WFSK 88.1 FM on Saturday at 10:00am.
If you would like to participate as a volunteer with any of these ministries, or for more information, contact Nahomie Samuel at [email protected]. You can also participate in these ministries by sending a tax deductible contribution to Nashville First Church of the Nazarene/Friends of Haiti at 510 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN 37206
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Our mission is to know the transforming Christ and be found faithful in our generation.
This mission begins with worship, encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship, ministers to our community through compassion (John 13:12-15, Ephesians 3:21) and to empower our people to actively participate in their communities (1 Peter 4:10).
The Haitian community in Nashville is comparatively smaller than those in Florida, New York, New Jersey, and Canada. Many Haitians began migrating to Nashville in the early 1990’s as families were trying to escape political and economic turbulence from the native country. As more and more families established residency in Nashville, there became a growing need to connect.
In 1996, the growing Haitian community in Nashville started a prayer cell under the leadership of Evangelist Thervy Damassi. What began as a house prayer meeting of 20 people developed into a fully functioning group within a 5-year span.
In the early 2000’s, as the number of congregants grew, so did the diversity of people.
By 2002, there was an amicable restructuration resulting in the establishment of three Protestant churches and one Catholic Church: Théophile Church of Christ, First Haitian Baptist and the Ebenezer House of prayer.
In 2007, Eben-Ezer House of prayer, a small congregation of about 40 people sought the sanctuary at First Church of the Nazarene and was offered the Wise Chapel under the leadership of Pastor Damassi. With the support of Rev. Pascal Permis (Director of the Nazarene Mission Strategies for USA/Canada), Dr. Gary Henecke (Senior Pastor of First Church), and the pastoral staff led by Rev. Dale Benson (Senior Associate Pastor), the Haitian congregation was fully accepted into the Church of the Nazarene family.
The summer of 2008, Dr. Maromy Samuel and his wife Nahomie Cidel-Samuel came to complete their theological studies at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, and were soon solicited to be Pastors to the Haitian congregation of First Church of the Nazarene.
We have found great inspiration from the vision of our new lead Pastor, Dr. Kevin Ulmet along with a dynamic pastoral staff as well as the church board who have developed a passion for a multicultural church.
The Haitian congregation purports to become a multiracial Church. Seeking to extend the life of Christ in a larger multicultural and multigenerational setting in Middle Tennessee.
During our first spiritual renewal week back in July 2009, the Assistant District Superintendent, Dr. Bill Weismann, challenged us as an immigrant congregation to develop a multicultural, bilingual, and multigenerational church. God is gathering people with skills and resources to do the work that he is calling us to do in the city.
On Sunday, January 6, 2013, the Haitian congregation transitioned its Sunday morning worship services from Wise Chapel to the Heritage Chapel.
Our vision is to RECEIVE the life of Christ, to SHARE the life of Christ together, and to EXTEND the life of Christ to others, with passion. So connecting people to Jesus and one another is what we are all about.