WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Reverend Nathaniel Demosthene, pastor at First Timothy Christian Church in Spring Valley, on Tuesday served as guest chaplain, leading the opening prayer on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to mark the sixth anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
The Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 event that struck the country nearly 16 miles west of Port-au-Prince, and killed up to 150,000 people, though estimates vary. The earthquake caused major damage, and to date, the country is still in a state of recovery.
Rockland County has the second largest concentration of Haitians in the United States, behind Brooklyn, with Spring Valley being home to most.
“The world looks up to the United States, and we must use our resources to help the most deserving among us, both domestic and abroad,” said Reverend Demosthene. “Our nation has the ability to help those in need, and I’m hopeful that we can continue doing just that. I thank Congresswoman Lowey for the opportunity to lead the opening prayer today.”
"Pastor Nate,” as he is often called, was born in Nyack and has been lead pastor for nearly five years at First Timothy Christian Church. He is also a volunteer chaplain with the Rockland County Jail and Sheriff’s Office.
The Reverend, who is a 1999 Yale University School of Divinity graduate, also serves on the Council of Economic Educators for First Timothy Christian Church.
"Under Pastor Nate's leadership, the First Timothy Christian Church has been a source of support for the large Haitian-American community in Rockland," said Congresswoman Nita Lowey. "I am proud to represent many Haitian Americans in my district, and I will continue to work with my constituents on our shared goals of democracy, prosperity, and success for the Haitian people."
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