Faith Baptist Church of Corona NY

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About Us | Our History

Doug Lowery
Founding Pastor (1974-1986)

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Faith Baptist Church of Corona was started through the ministry of Douglas Lowery in 1975. After graduating from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, the Lord burdened him with the great needs of inner-city New York and the need for a vibrant Bible church in Queens, NY. By faith he and his family moved to Corona, NY to begin spreading the Gospel and discipling new converts. The new church initially met in the Lowery's home basement in Corona. The church chartered on September 14th, 1975, and on February 3, 1976 the Church was incorporated in the State of N.Y.

After much prayer and searching, the Lord led Pastor Lowery and the members of FBC to purchase a Knights of Columbus Building. This building—which had a bowling alley in the basement, a lounge and bar on the main floor, and a dance hall on the second floor—was to be sanctified and set apart for the work of Jesus Christ. For a detailed account of the many answers to prayer and providential hand of God in the early days of Faith Baptist Church, click here.

Pastor Vincent Sawyer
Senior Pastor (1988-2014)

Pastor James Swanson
Assistant Pastor (1986-2014)

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In the summer of 1984, Vincent Sawyer and his wife Terri came to New York to assist Pastor Lowery. God used this blessed summer to burden the Sawyers for inner-city ministry. In 1986, Pastor Lowery resigned as pastor of FBC and the church remained without a pastor for two years.

Upon his graduation from Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary in Lansdale, PA, the church asked Vincent if he would consider becoming their pastor and he became the Pastor in June of 1988.

In September of 1988 FBC started a Bible Institute for the theological and practical training of laymen, future pastors and full-time workers. And in the following years, the church grew into a vibrant, multi-ethnic congregation with a committment to Bible exposition.

Also during this time, the church supported a church ministering to the Hispanic community. This church, Iglesia Bautista de la Fe, is now an autonomous church that continues to grow, pastored by Humberto Martinez.

In April 2014, Thomas Overmiller accepted the call to become the new Senior Pastor of Faith Baptist Church and began serving in this role on June 2014.

Pastor Thomas Overmiller
Senior Pastor, 2014-Present

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For a personal greeting from Pastor Overmiller, click here. For more information about his background and vision for the church, click here.