For its first 55 years, Grace Bible House Church was known as the First Baptist Church of East Syracuse at 100 Eisenhower Ave. Now its moved further east to Cazenovia, where it occupies a 4,000 square-foot colonial style home on six and a half acres of land.
"Occupying a fairly large facility with a smaller congregation, we decided to streamline our facility and put a greater emphasis on ministry rather than maintenance," said Pastor Mark Graham, who has served GBC for 13 years. "The church house concept is out of the New Testament itself and accommodates a relational family-style environment where mutual discipleship and accountability grow more naturally."
Grace Bible House Church moved from East Syracuse to Cazenovia primarily for its members, who come mostly from DeWitt, Fayetteville and Manlius communities, and its pastoral staff, who are employed in Fayetteville and Manlius.
The new home, located at 5034 Temperance Hill Road, serves as the residence for Graham and provides rooms for Bible studies, fellowship, office work and counseling opportunities.
"The primary objective of our ministry is to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and sacred scriptures with the utmost care and accuracy," Graham said.
Service times are 10:30 a.m. and noon on Sundays, followed by lunch and Bible Study. Nursery care is available. Call 815-5019 for more information.