Our Vision

We believe that God has called Encouraging Word Church to reach the lost individuals of our community with the love and hope that is found in Jesus Christ. We will operate as a Christ centered ministry, focused on the development of the total being. We are committed to love God’s people the way God loves them and to embrace them as a part of our ever growing family. We will do this by creating an environment that is conducive to transformation through the ministry of deliverance.

Our Values


We believe in the awakening of restoration through the move of the Holy Spirit, through spiritual warfare of the mind, body, and soul. Deliverance is a progressive process with steps that require the command and authority of the Holy Spirit. 


We believe that prayer is an intimate opportunity to know God through deep conversations and misunderstood awkward silence, as we offer our flaws and imperfections willingly. Through prayer we develop a relationship with God through uncertainties and difficulties with a determined will and mind to stay focused on the desires of God for your life.

Evangelism & Outreach

We believe in transporting the ministry of Jesus through authentic love and service to everyone. As we magnify and amplify the good news, we want to encourage you to rekindle your flame with God through prayer, as you allow him to meet you at your broken place.

Our Beliefs


We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God.

We believe Jesus Christ died for our sins and on the third morning He rose for our Justification.

According to scripture, accepting Christ as your Savior is the only way to heaven.

We believe in baptism by submersion in Jesus’ Name

Our Team


Larry & Shanavia Zackery

Senior Pastor and First Lady
Looking for an encounter like no other? Do you have a desire to join a family that will help you find your God given gifts? Welcome! Encouraging Word Church is more than just a church, we are a village! After years of servitude and prayer, our Senior Leaders, Pastor Larry and Lady Shanavia Zackery decided to answer the call of God. At their dining room table and with 6 people, EWC was birthed. On November 19th, 2017, at the Best Western Plus in North Haven, CT, Encouraging Word held our launch service. At that time, 15 people became a part of our family, and we’ve grown non-stop ever since.

During our second worship service, it was made abundantly clear that Encouraging Word is to be a house of prophesy and deliverance. A place where lives are changed forever. We are called to the broken, the mended, the prosperous, and the poor. No matter what walk of life you are in, you belong here.

EWC welcomes you with big hearts and open arms. Feel free to explore the resources found here, and to visit us in person. Come and experience the power and love of God in an unprecedented way. We’d love to meet you!

In His Service,
Senior Pastor Larry & Lady Shanavia Zackery


Anthony Smith

Associate Pastor


Téche Smith

Associate Pastor


Maurice Tiner



DeAnna Chestnut


Board of Trustees


Missionary Madora McKnight


Deacon Dave McKnight


Brother Vincent Shields

Contact Us

ServIce Time And Location

Sunday Worship @ 11:00am
Critical Conversations Tuesday @ 7:00pm
Tues & Thurs Noon Day Prayer  @ 12pm
Youth Min. Virtual Reading Tues & Thurs @ 1pm

Contact Information

(203) 808-8293
1253 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517