Rev. Dr. Christopher K. Ponnuraj has been part of the UCC family for over 25 years. As of April 2021, he retired from serving as a Minister to the historical Landmark church located in Bronx NY – The Bedford Park Congregational Church, UCC. This church has been a center of the community since 1889. During his tenure at the Bedford Park Congregational Church, he guided the church in its process of gaining NYC Landmark status; took up a massive project to renovate the church to its original exterior luster along with a new roof; and also installed a new electronic organ. Rev. Chris also spends time providing spiritual guidance, operational support and mentorship to several young leaders and ministers.
Since 2008 Rev. Chris serves as a Board-Certified Chaplain (Association of Professional Chaplains) at the Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, New York. In addition to his time at church and hospital, he currently serves as a member of Committee on Ministry in the Metropolitan Association, New York Conference.
In his free time, he plays violin and enjoys rooting for the NY sports teams (Go Knicks and Yankees!). Rev. Chris is married to Mrs. Vatsala C. Ponnuraj for 42 years and is blessed with one son Mr. Youngren Ponnuraj. more: