Statement of Faith & History
It is our vision that all would come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
We believe the purpose of our church fellowship is to:
Be an open welcoming beacon of light to all, regardless of church affiliation or belief, Provide an environment where the Word of God is preached and taught for a new joy filled life with Christ as their savior.
Provide fellowship, help, prayer, support, love and encouragement or all. Provide an environment for Christian maturity where one can come, ask questions, share experiences and grow into a more joy filled life.
Have an active Youth Ministry for all ages in addition to Sunday School.
Engage in Community outreach efforts for any who have needs.
Provide Sunday School and bible teachings for all ages and groups.
Have an active Community evangelism program.
Our Statement of Faith
We believe that God is one being existing in three persons, Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully divine and fully human and by His death and resurrection salvation is provided for His people.
We believe the Holy Spirit resides in each believer, provides the direction for a godly life and enables them to use the Spiritual Gifts He has given to them.
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, In their original, are the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God, and our final authority in matters of doctrine and practice.
We believe that our eternal Salvation ensues through an individual and personal relationship with the person of Jesus Christ.
We believe in the return of Jesus Christ to this earth.
This church was established in 1806, as the First Baptist Church of Bolton Landing. It was the second religious organization in the small town of conservative Congregationalists. It was one of the first Baptists churches in New York State as part of the American Baptist Churches (ABC) USA. The Baptists of Bolton were a small, conservative group who believed Jesus Christ is the Son of God, in the Holy Bible, believers’ baptism by immersion, Abolitionism, Prohibition, and Federalism.
About 1837, the church building was built, and at that time became affiliated with the Triennial Baptist Convention (established 1814), which became the Northern Baptist Convention in 1907, then the American Baptist Convention in 1950, and lastly, the American Baptist Churches in the USA in 1972. In 1932, a kitchen and Sunday School/social room were added. From the 1940’s to 1977, Rev. Arthur Curren was the pastor until his death.
Since then, there have many pastors/lay preachers such as Arthur Curren, Rev. John Cook, Pastor Norman Hieman, Rev. Url Utterback, Rev. Daniel Orr, Pastor Jim Gillet, Rev. Robert Bishop, Pastor Ray Lloyd, Pastor John Beal, and James Baker.
Over the years there has been Sunday School for all ages, Adult Bible Study, prayer meetings, community outreaches such as lawn sales, dinners, movies, craft groups, local mission work such as a food pantry, migrant worker and school supply donations, and Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners/gifts to needy families. Occasionally, there have been families in need that have been ‘adopted’. A Friday morning youth group (during the school year) shared by other protestant based churches in town and partially led by 2 of our members has been hosted.
Due to financial issues and lack of attendance the church has been closed for the winter seasons of 2014 thru 2016. In 2016 Pine Knolls Church of South Glens Falls agreed to provide support and Sunday worship services. Although their efforts were very successful in reaching out and attendance increased markedly, most attendees were seasonal visitors. For 2017, Word Of Life agreed to attempt to revive the church and has provided support and direction to that effort. We now have a fulltime pastor and plans are well under way to become that year round church which will reach out to our community.