OUR HISTORY

Ebenezer United Church of Christ had its humble beginning near the present site in May 1882. The need for a church in our community was felt by a group of interested men and women who had to walk from their homes to the Arches Grove Christian Church for worship services. Their dream became a reality when a decision was made to hold Sunday school and prayer meetings weekly in an old frame building, formerly used as a cotton gin owned by J. Kirk located in the Richmond Hill Community, Company Shops which was later named Burlington, North Carolina. The first church was organized in this building with approximately thirty members. Among these pioneers with a vision were: Mr. M.A. Albright, Mr. Brown Cooper, Mr. James Hazel, Mr. Wiley Headen, Mr. Lucien Sellars and Mr. Henry Turner. Mr. Wiley Headen served as leader until a pastor was chosen. Over the years, pastors that have served and led this church include:

• Rev. Brutus Young (1882)

• Rev. Dunn (1882-1889)

• Rev. J.D. Mabrey (1889-1898)

• Rev. L.A. Ruffin and Rev. C.W. Ray (1898-1903)

• Rev. J.H. McBroom (1908-1916)

• Rev. C.A. Harris (1921-1930)

• Rev. I.D.C Goodson (1930-1933)

• Rev. W.M. Lake (1933-1969)

• Rev. F.A. Hargett (1969-1970)

• Dr. Marvin L. Morgan (1970-1977)

• Rev. C.L. Thompson (1977-1995)

• Rev. Dr. Larry E. Covington (1995-present)

Our present pastor , Rev. Dr. Larry  E. Covington assumed pastorate in November 1995 and was installed in January 1996. The church has several functioning ministries and as an incorporated entity is the umbrella for several self-sustaining programs:

1.  Excel Christian Academy (ECA) (and age 3 through grade 5 school)

2. The Excel Afterschool Enrichment Program 

3. The Ebenezer Center for Christian Opportunities (a community recreation center)

4. Community Outreach Homes

 • The Manasseh & Ephraim Transition and Recovery

 • The WELL Transition

 • The Inez Guy Dream Center

 • The Hope House

5. Champion's Academy (part of Excel Community Association of Alamance) 

 

Our church family includes around 1,500 people, with about 500 active and/ or regular attendees between two Sunday morning worship services. We also have a consistent online viewership of over 400 viewers per service. The church is managed by a combination of Full and Part Time Staff, a Board of Directors and volunteers that are a vital part of our ministries. 

Over the years, Ebenezer and its members have become known in the community as "The Fellowship of Excitement" and a place to "DISCOVER the JOY" of knowing Christ. 

Church Theme

We Are A Great Church Because We Serve...we look forward to serving you.

OUR STAFF
 

Rev. Dr. Larry E. Covington

Senior Pastor 

lcovington@ebenezerucc.com

336.226.8526| Ext. 7016

Rev. Jimmie Burgess

Youth Pastor

jburgess@ebenezerucc.com

336.226.8526| Ext. 7019

Clement Emehel

Business Manager/Operations

cemehel@ebenezerucc.com

336.226.8526| Ext. 7012

Anthony McDonald

Minister of Music

amcdonald@ebenezerucc.com

336.226.8526 | Ext. 7010

Rev. Markez Mills

Communications Dir./Online Pastor

mmills@ebenezerucc.com

336.226.8526 | Ext. 7011

Gladys O. Shepard

Administrative Assistant to Senior Pastor

gladys@ebenezerucc.com

336.226.8526| Ext. 7017

Valinda "Faye" Graves

Bookkeeper

fgraves@ebenezerucc.com

336.226.8526| Ext. 7020

Min. Shawana Emehel

Children's Ministry

christianeducation@ebenezerucc.com

Janis R. Holness

Administrative Assistant

jholness@ebenezerucc.com

336.226.8526 | Ext. 7013

Reisha Drumgold

Event Coordinator

rdrumgold@ebenezerucc.com

336.226.8526 | Ext. 7014

Tashia Reese

Welcome Center Receptionist

receptionist@ebenezerucc.com

336.226.8526 | Ext. 7021