Affiliation & History
In 1977, the body of believers at the Bushnell’s Basin Community Church needed more space to accommodate their numbers. Under the leadership of the pastor, Phil Miess, some of the families in the Farmington and Manchester/Shortsville area grouped together to form a new church. They met in a home in Farmington until, again, growth necessitated a move. First the basement of a restaurant, then a large barn were the houses of worship. The barn, located in Canandaigua, had three levels and became known as “The Ark.” At that time, Bill Purves Jr. was the pastor.
In 1980, a large two-story office building in Canandaigua was purchased. At that time, “The Ark” became known as “Zion Fellowship.” Dana Rattray was serving as our pastor then.
In 1986, Bob Sorge became pastor. As God continued to bless the church, the growth in the congregation made it necessary to hold three weekend worship services. 1992 was a special year for Zion Fellowship. We planted a new work in Bloomfield, NY: New Hope Fellowship. Alan Schrader, our assistant pastor at that time, became the pastor of that church. That year the Lord also enabled Zion to purchase 21 acres of property for a new worship facility site.
In January 1999, Chris Wood became our senior pastor. In September of that year we also dedicated our present worship facility. On the day of the dedication, the church stood clear of debt and remains debt-free today.
In 2001, we planted a church in Naples, NY: Branch of the Lord Fellowship. Bert Hallancia is the pastor of that church.
God continues to bless the church as we remain faithful to exalt Jesus. We celebrate His goodness to us in our past as we keep our hands to the plow laboring in His vineyard to see His great Harvest. Come Lord Jesus, Come.
“He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the Day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6