Our organization is one whose purpose is to promote Church Ushering throughout the member States without regard to race, creed or denomination.
We are committed to ushering and the perpetuation of a uniform method of Church Ushering. The Organization strives to stimulate interest in Church Ushering; to promote growth through the development and implementation of innovative programs, and to raise the spiritual, moral, and social awareness of its membership. But more importantly, we show God’s love and concern for our fellow man at every opportunity. Through works of charity and opening our ourselves up to our fellow human being, we feel that we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
In 1957, a young lady by the name of Alma Cooper Hawkins was the Regional Director of her sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho. At the same time, she was an active and outspoken voice in the National United Church Ushers Association of America, Inc. (NUCUAA, Inc.). Sis. Hawkins believed that a regional director of all the eastern states of the NUCUAA, Inc. would allow the representatives to communicate and work together to build the organization, much in the same way as in her sorority. She felt that this type of communication would facilitate the unification of the Eastern Region in meeting to discuss the business of the national body prior to the annual convention. This idea, once presented, was well received by Bro. Raymond A. Smith, Fourth Vice President, of the NUCUAA, Inc.
In May, 1957, Raymond Alexander Smith, National Fourth Vice President, NUCUAA, Inc. met at the YMCA in Washington, D.C. with representation of five States: Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia (96 persons were in attendance) and organized the Eastern Regional Conference. Vice President Smith served as Eastern Regional Director for 11 years. In July, 1957, 4th Vice President, Bro. Smith presented the idea of establishing the Eastern Region to the NUCUAA, Inc. Brother Henry Ballard, President of the NUCUAA, Inc. allowed the convention to hear the recommendation. The idea was accepted by the voting body of the NUCUAA, Inc. which organizationally established the Eastern Region and other regional delegations.
To day, the Eastern Region consists of 10 states: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia. The Regional Director is 1st Vice President, NUCUAA, Inc., Brother Charles J. Brown.