Our Foundation

“For no one can lay any other foundation than the one we already have – Jesus Christ”
~1 Corinthians 3:11

God

We believe that there is one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things. He is completely perfect and exists eternally in three persons as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. While these three are one in essence, they are distinct in person and function. God is completely perfect and can only be approached through the blood of Jesus Christ. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 8:6)

Jesus Christ

We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is God. He took upon Himself our nature, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died upon the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the world; He arose from the dead in bodily form. He has ascended into heaven where He has been glorified. He now sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest where He is interceding on our behalf. Jesus desires that we remember his death through the sacrament of weekly communion, which is observed each Sunday at NCC.  (Colossians 1:15; Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 1:18-25; 1 Peter 2:24-25; Hebrews 4:14-16)

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. The Holy Spirit provides power to overcome sin, insight into scripture, and personal direction in life. All believers are given the gift of the Holy Spirit at baptism, and through the Holy Spirit’s presence and power are enabled to attain spiritual maturity in Christ. Through the Holy Spirit each person in the body is given certain gifts to use in ministry. (Luke 11:13; John 16:13; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:11)

The Holy Bible

We believe the Bible, including the Old and New Testaments to be the inerrant Word of God of which the original manuscripts were inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is the Word we should live by and our faith should be guided by. As such it is useful for correction and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)

Salvation

We believe that a human being’s central purpose for existence is to have a close and personal relationship with God. Originally created for that purpose, humans defied God, choosing to go their own independent way, and were thus alienated from God. This “Fall” took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since have suffered these consequences and are in need of God’s forgiveness and mercy. A person can be forgiven by God and have that close, personal relationship restored only by believing that Jesus is God’s son, repenting of their sin, confessing their faith in Jesus’ power to save them, and by being immersed for the forgiveness of their sins. (John 3:16; John 14:6; Acts 2:38; Romans 3:23, 10:9; 1 John 1:9)

The Church

Nesconset Christian Church is a nondenominational church that is led by leaders from within its own church known as Elders, not an outside denominational office or headquarters. NCC is loosely associated with a fellowship of over 5,500 similar evangelical churches nationwide called, Independent Christian Churches, claiming over 1.3 million members in the United States alone. Independent Christian Churches combine their efforts at different times to support church planting organizations, cross-cultural missionaries, benevolent associations and over 30 Christian Colleges and Seminaries.

Human Destiny

We believe that everyone will live forever after they die. Where one spends eternity will depend on what they do with Jesus Christ. For all humankind there will be a resurrection into the spiritual world and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Because unbelievers have rejected Jesus, they will be separated from His presence for all eternity in Hell. Believers will be received into heaven to be with God for all eternity. (John 3:36; Revelation 20-22)

Baptism

Baptism is the immersion of a penitent believer for the forgiveness of sins and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Baptism by itself does not save but is part of the salvation process as taught and demonstrated in the Bible. (Acts 2:38-41; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21)

Meet Our NCC Staff

JR Lightstein

JR Lightstein

Senior Pastor

Phone: 631-265-2141 ext 203   
Email: [email protected]

My wife Carrie and I have been married for 23 years and we have been blessed with 4 beautiful children (3 boys- Nate, Jeb, Zach and our daughter is Trinity). In 2008 I answered God’s call into full-time ministry and in 2017 I answered the call to become the new Senior Pastor here at Nesconset Christian Church. Prior to joining NCC, I ministered at Midland Christian Church in Midland, Michigan for 9 years and altogether we were members for nearly 20 years. We are excited for this new chapter in our lives here on Long Island!

My deepest desire is for the members of NCC to live lives of freedom together in Jesus Christ. As we live lives that reflect the Son, people will be drawn to our church. As people are drawn to our church, they will hear the life changing message of Jesus Christ. I am sold-out in my commitment to Jesus and His Holy Word. I consider it the greatest privilege, honor and blessing to serve my family here at Nesconset Christian Church.

Mary Plank

Mary Plank

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 631-265-2141 ext. 200
Email: [email protected]

Mary joined the NCC staff in August of 2009. She is married and has two adult children. She brings an attention to detail and sweet spirit to NCC.

Andrew Todd

Andrew Todd

Associate Pastor of Family Ministries

Phone: 631-265-2141 ext 201     
Email: [email protected]

Andrew grew up in a small town in the Greater Cincinnati area and graduated with his undergrad from Kentucky Christian University in May of 2017, where he met his wife, Paxton, and played 4 years of college football.

Andrew and Paxton have been serving in ministry together for over 4 years in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and New York. Andrew enjoys working with students, teaching and discipling them, and most of all seeing that moment where students “just get it.”

He loves all things sports and outdoors. Andrew cheers for his hometown teams the Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals, and then the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Together Andrew & Paxton love hiking, traveling and being outdoors spending time with their dog, black lab Zeek.

Anna Brucculeri

Anna Brucculeri

Children's Ministry Director

Phone: 631-265-2141 ext 205     
Email: [email protected]

Anna started attending Nesconset Christian Church in 2003 as a student in the children’s ministry. Growing up in the church, she began developing a relationship with God and other Christians. In 2007 she gave her life to Christ and was baptized in front of her friends and family on December 23rd during a family Christmas service.

Driven by her passion for serving the church and for children, Anna started volunteering as a teacher’s assistant at a young age. In 2009 she began serving int he preschool ministry, soon becoming a lead teacher and eventually the Preschool Ministry Director in 2017.

Pursuing her passion for working with children, Anna completed an Associates’ degree with an Early Childhood Education major from Suffolk Community College and then St. Joseph’s College. Anna enjoys using her knowledge of children and her spiritual gifts of pastoring and teaching to serve her church family. As the Children’s Ministry Director she plans, schedules, and provides appropriate lessons to nurture the spiritual growth of the children in our care from preschool through 5th grade.