About Us

History

Our church was founded in 1930 and originally met in a tent in the village of Ravena. Our current building is located at 200 Main Street in Ravena, New York, and was built in 1932. The church parsonage is located in nearby New Baltimore, NY. We are an independent, Bible-believing, family oriented church.  Church office (518) 756-6312.

Pastor

Rev. Budd Paashaus is an ordained minister who has been the pastor here since the spring of 2004. He grew up in Middletown, New York and is a graduate of the former United Wesleyan College in 1972, majoring in theology and music. He has served at churches in Syracuse, Cherry Valley, Shokan and Kingston, New York. He has been married to his wife Linda since 1970 and they have three adult children. Linda also serves as Sunday School Superintendent.

Statement of Faith:

We believe in the divine inspiration of the Scriptures, and that the Bible is the source of our faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21) We believe in one God, consisting of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that no man can come to the Father but through His Son. (John 1: 14, 18, John 14: 6-11) We believe that salvation comes by repenting from our sin and turning to Christ for forgiveness. (John 3:16, Luke 13:3). We celebrate Believer’s Baptism by immersion, (Mark 1: 9-11, Romans 6: 3-6)and we believe in the Holy Spirit, who empowers the life of the believer and produces the Fruit of the Spirit exemplified by Godly living. (Acts 2:38, 39) We believe in traditional marriage between one man and one woman (Genesis 2: 24). We believe that Jesus is coming again to reward those who have been faithful to Him. (John 14: 1-3).

Associated ministries:

We support Christian churches, schools and teachers through the Romanian Missions Project. We also support “Farming God’s Way”, an evangelical outreach in Venezuela. Every late fall we participate in “Operation Christmas Child”, one of the ministries of the Rev. Franklin Graham. In addition, we have bi-annual self-denial offerings, through which church members and friends contribute offerings specifically for the purpose of the upkeep and maintenance of the church.