Why Our Church

Our Mission

Progressive Holiness Church is a soul-saving station preparing the world for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Progressive Holiness Church is a beacon to the world that they may know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

The Founders
Pastor H.L. Brown

Pastor H.L. Brown & Shepherd Mother E.G. Brown

Pastor H.L. Brown and Shepherd Mother E.G. Brown were chosen and commissioned by God to open the doors of Progressive Holiness Church on Thursday September 24, 1964. They were sent out with the assurance that even though they seemingly walked alone, He would be with them and so they encouraged each other through the struggles and disappointments. They stood together with a determination to maintain the standard of Holiness. They were examples to the flock entrusted in their care, tenderly watching over each other each one as a precious jewel whether it was by counseling or using the rod of correction. Although they were sent to walk unloved, unknown, God blessed their effects. The work that started in a storefront 50 years ago and now located at 122 South Franklin Street, Hempstead, New York eventually branched out to Progressive Holiness Churches in Durham and Greensboro, North Carolina, Richmond, Virginia and Houston, Texas.

Pastor Fate Simpkins

Mother Wanda Simpkins

“The Holy Ghost is not an option, it’s a requirement”

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.   John 3:5

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  Act 2: 38

Ministerial Staff

Elder Leo Davis

Minister Aaron Simpkins

Elder Guerson Carelus

Minister Christopher Lewis

Minister Clarence Hall Jr.


Deacon Jack Corbin

Deacon  Asher Simpkins


I give Honor to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to my Pastor, Elder Fate Simpkins and Mother Wanda Simpkins. I praise God for the water baptism in Jesus name and the precious gift of the Holy Ghost, according to Acts 2:38. I’m grateful to the Lord for leading my family to Progressive Holiness Church in 1970 when I was a small child. It was here under the leadership of our late Bishop H.L. Brown; I heard the word of God. You must be saved if you want to be with God eternally. When I repented of my sins, the Lord welcomed me with opened arms. I’m not perfected, but yet striving to be what the Lord wants me to be. I’m glad the Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever and his arms are still open to anyone who is willing to come.

Sis Denise Sawyer