Reverend Raefield Perteet, 30th Minister

Reverend Raefield Perteet grew up in Lansing, MI. He comes from a family of ministers, so at a very early age was inundated with the nuances of worship and church life. Ordained at the age of 18 in the Church of GOD in Christ, Rev. Rae is no stranger to ministry. In 2005 he received a BS in Management, with a minor in Hebraic studies from Oral Roberts University. He also earned a master’s degree in Theological Studies from Boston University in 2009, with accompanying course work in public preaching undertaken with the late Rev. Dr. Peter Gomes at Harvard University and Andover Newton Theological Seminary, and creative writing work done at UCLA.  


He started his ministry at Vessels of Life Church in Lansing, MI, where he served for four years as an associate Pastor before commencing his studies at Boston University.  While in graduate school, he discovered the NACCC and fell in love with its free-thinking members and biblical perspectives. He was then blessed to continue serving in ministry for six years as Pastor of the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Taunton, MA.  Afterwards, he was called to serve as senior Pastor with the Congregational Church of the Chimes in Sherman Oaks, CA. Rev. Rae has also been accorded the chance to worship and share with universities and congregations of various faiths all across the United States, and has served in ministry to spread the Gospel for 20 years.


While serving in these capacities, Rev. Rae has also found ways to continue with his first love of grassroots ministry, serving the disinherited and disfranchised, by partnering with nonprofits to serve meals to the homeless, working with at-risk youth in the LGBTQ+ community, and other volunteer efforts.


His ministerial philosophy holds that “it is imperative that we all strive to be better people, in order to create a better world, and that we trust in God for a better afterlife.” Accordingly, his ardent desire is to help others reach their highest potential, while equipping them to enjoy the journey along the way.  Every chance to enter the pulpit serves as an opportunity to provide healing and empowerment for the body of Christ.  Rev. Rae is a voracious reader, and during his down time always enjoys immersing himself in a good book or delving into a research topic. Other hobbies include swimming most days of the week, and going out for walks with the family and furry ones. On occasion, when time permits, he also enjoys woodworking and restoring antiques.


The congregation endorsed Rev. Rae as our 30th minister on April 11, 2021. He began his ministry at Preston City Congregational Church on July 26, 2021 and led his first worship service on August 1, 2021.

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Members & Friends:

THE SECRET SANTA PROGRAM will be available this year. Please call the church office by December 11th if you could use a helping hand at Christmas. All requests will be kept confidential. If you would like to be a Secret Santa, please call the office and I’ll take your name and be in touch with you if help is needed. It is often adults that could use a gift. Requests for children’s gifts have been minimal in the past years.

Memorial Poinsettias will be placed on the altar on Christmas Sunday,

December 18 and our

Bell Choir will present special music.

THE DECEMBER SENIOR LUNCH is scheduled for December 13th at noon for those who are 62 years and older and regularly attend our church. Join us for soups, sandwiches, and homemade desserts. We are limited to 60 attendees, but names will be taken for a waiting list. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board or you may call the church office.

Our Candlelight Christmas Eve service will be at 8P.

Services on December 25 and January 1 will be held at 10:30A. Communion will be observed on January 1.

2 BIBLE STUDIES are offered this Fall.


Monday Morning Bible Study will be taking a Holiday break and resuming in the new year.

We will then be studying the Christian Church of Colossae written by David Jeremiah, "Christ above All."
I will be ordering books if you are interested at $15. Please contact Chris Burden for any questions.



TUESDAY EVENING group continues at 7P. We will be using “Galatians, A 12-Week Study” by Geoff Ziegler through December 20th.

The class will also be available on Zoom by contacting Pastor Scott VanAlst at 860-237-7964 or


The Jean Miller Memorial Cookie Sale will be held on December 17, 2022

from 9A - 2P.

The Rada Cutlery & Gifts pick-up is December 17th as well.

Coffee Hour follows both Sunday services.

BINGO at Strawberry Park

has concluded for the season. Thank you to all who assisted.


The Clothing Shed is open.

Please place donations in bags and tie them.

We accept all soft goods: clothing, shoes, blankets, curtains, towels, etc.

Thank you

The Food Pantry is open December 21, 10A -Noon.

We will be open for church family and friends December 18 following services.

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Preston City Congregational Church


321 Route 164

Preston, CT 06365


Office: (860) 886-7200 

Phone: (860) 887-4647

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