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Messiah’s RPC

01. January 2011

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Messiah’s RP Church

Location: Clay, N.Y.

Presbytery: St. Lawrence

Pastor: Brian Coombs

Membership: 47 communicant; 14 baptized.

Organized: Oct. 2005

Messiah’s Church began as a daughter of the Syracuse, N.Y., RPC. Many years of faithful prayer laid the foundation for this, and the area north of Syracuse (the fastest growing area of Onondaga County) was chosen for the church plant. Starting in 1995, a small group met in private homes on Sabbath evenings. Public worship began in 1997, and the congregation spent many years renting the upper room of the North Syracuse Community Center—setting up and taking down “church” every week. These were times of close fellowship, but not without challenges as we waited for the Lord to firmly establish us. One of the things we did during this time was to choose our name—Messiah’s Church. This name emphasizes our central focus on Jesus—prophet, priest, and king.

We were officially organized on Oct. 14, 2005. The Lord gifted us with four elders—Brian Coombs (pastor), David McCune, Peter Howe, and George Hueber. Later we also were blessed with three deacons—Rick Tidd, Mike Brimhall, and Gerard Beckhusen.

In 2008 the Lord graciously provided us with our current church home in Clay, N.Y., where a building was being sold by a Presbyterian USA congregation that ...

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