About Adirondack Alliance Church
Adironack Alliance Church (AAC) began as a house church in the summer of 1999. Our group formed out of a common desire to worship God together in a manner not then present in Saranac Lake. Over time, our membership changed and our vision became clearer. As we outgrew the home church format, we decided that God was leading us to create a new church. One that is faithful to classic Christian doctrine, warm in fellowship, and relevant to 21st Century Saranac Lake. Orthodox Christian belief teaches of a Holy God who hates sin, yet made a way for us to be forgiven. Our church aims to communicate both the need for repentance as well as the unconditional love of God through Christ. This is the gospel with the power to change our lives!
AAC’s founding members all came from varying church backgrounds. We studied basic Christian doctrine for a year in an attempt to find a denomination affiliation that suited our members. In the fall of 2000, we became acquainted with the Christian & Missionary Alliance, or C&MA. One of the distinctives of the C&MA is an accomodation of various belief systems on many points, while holding fast to the distinctives that separate authentic Christianity from the rest of the world’s religions. By affiliating ourselves with the C&MA, we found a denominational home large enough for our different beliefs, yet small enough to retain a central emphasis on our need for Christ’s substitutionary atonement.
The Northeastern District of the Christian & Missionary Alliance is the Upstate New York branch of the denomination and is located in Rome, NY. The District has been very supportive of God’s working among us, and we in Saranac Lake cannot thank them enough. Through the District’s support we welcomed Randy Cross to the full-time pastorate of AAC in July of 2003.
AAC has been blessed with a number of large families, we adults are outnumbered by the children! We are still exploring how best to minister to our community, but clearly children’s ministry will be an important part of AAC. As we continue to grow we want provide excellence in ministry to our children, from the nursery to the teens. It’s exciting to see God work among us, shaping us into a church family. Please, come visit and see for yourself!
After an extended search that included over 20 different locations and buildings around Saranac Lake, we finally located a suitable and affordable building at the corner of Route 3 and Canaras Ave. Our search took more than two years. We purchased the building in July of 2005 and embarked on a remodeling project to convert the building from a dry cleaner’s into a church building. Our first worship services were held in January 2006.
In June 2006, Adirondack Alliance Church was recognized by the Christian & Missionary Alliance as a fully accredited church of the denomination. To meet these requirements, the church had to establish a constitution and bylaws, have a membership drive and be financially independent from the denomination. Since then, we have been seeking the Lord as to our role in our community and have been expanding outreach to the Tri-Lakes area where He leads us.
Summer 1999 – House Church – (Linda Dunleavy, Gochenaur Family, Urquhart Family)
September 2000 – John Hathaway, start meetings in Mason’s hall on Olive Street
October 2000 – Jon Martin (NE District of C&MA)
January 2001- Decision to pursue C&MA as fully accredited
August-November 2001 – Pastor Tom Fehr & Family
July 2003 – Pastor Randy Cross & Family
August 2003 – Established office on Broadway in the Thompson Building
September 2003 – Start search for a better location for meetings and Sunday School
October 2003 – Adirondack Alliance Church recognized as a “Developing Church” by the C&MA.
July 2005 – Purchase building and property at 72 Canaras Ave
January 2006 – Open new facility for worship and Sunday School
June 2006 – Recognized as a “Fully Accredited” church by the C&MA.
September 2008 – Dedicated the new addition to our building for the expanded worship hall.