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About us

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit more about Hempstead Assembly of God!

Our Mission

Hempstead Assembly of God is called to connect and train believers in Christ to a life of devotion and service to the Lord, to the church and to the community as well as, to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.  

Our Vision

Loving God, Loving Each Other, One Day at A Time

Our History

The Glad Tidings Church, as it was to be called, would hold its first public assembly in a store front facility already rented at 155 Henry Street in Hempstead on February 11th, 1940. Kenneth Solberg, one of the founders, would be named the first pastor.

Today, our Sanctuary building has been expanded to accommodate our church class rooms and lobby area. Having capsulized the history of the physical development of the assembly we acknowledge the faithfulness of God, for indeed it is His work. We also recognize that physical growth without spiritual growth - is vanity! Every inch of progress every step and phase of development in the Kingdom of God is borne of steadfast prayer and intercession and spiritual motivation. We thank God for each of the Pastors, the spiritual motivators, each "man of the hour", building on the foundation laid in that home meeting on January 27th, 1940, and the greater foundation - which is Christ Jesus

Our Main Goal

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" — Matthew 28:18-20

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself" — Matthew 22:37-39

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Juan Martinez III
Lead Pastor

Juan has 20 years of experience mentoring and influencing teenagers from all over the country. As a teenager, he got involved in unhealthy social settings that negatively affected his school life and his family life. His life was spiraling downhill but after a personal reawakening, he turned to his parents, teachers, and local leaders who then became the positive voices in his life that influenced and mentored him to begin the process of restoration and reconciliation that led him to be successful in his studies, his personal life, and eventual career path.


Juan and his wife Katelynn have experience serving students in local schools and reaching families in the community all over the United States and in Canada. Juan has also led multiple events for youth like youth conferences, community playground build, and has partnered with NFL players, like Anthony Munoz and the Anthony Munoz Foundation and Tim Tebow and the Tim Tebow Foundation. Juan has been a motivational speaker in school’s, local sports teams, and is a sought after speaker for youth events, retreats, camps, men’s retreats and churches.


Juan has a vision to reach the city and reach this generation of underserved youth in America and has a passion to impact young people in the foster care system, young people in juvenile detention centers and those who are overlooked or forgotten. Juan’s favorite thing’s to do is to go to a sporting event, travel,  try a new restaurant, or play hours of pickleball. He has been married to his wife Katelynn for 17 years and they have 3 amazing children in Malachi, Elliani and Zoe. 

Doreen Johnson
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Jordan-Anthony Channer
Ministry Coordinator
Pedro Arevalo
Church Custodian
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