Mike Bartholomew / Senior Pastor
Mike Bartholomew grew up in Buffalo, NY and came to Northern, NY after receiving employment with the NYS government in 1972. During the ensuing months, he was dramatically converted to Christ and the entire direction of his life was changed and claimed by God. Saved with an immediate call for ministry, Mike began serving in various leadership capacities in local churches, while developing ministry gifts. After working for the state of NY for 10 years, he became an Assistant Pastor at Faith Fellowship (FF) in 1979, followed by a call to full-time pastor at a small church in Brier Hill, NY. Mike returned to FF in 1983 to serve as an Associate Pastor. Eventually, he became the Senior Pastor in 1991 and has pastored at FF ever since. Married to Connie Bartholomew since 1974, they have raised two children for the LORD. Jonathan and Nicole effectively serve the LORD JESUS today! Pastor Mike is committed to knowing Jesus and making Him known to everyone who comes among us. His passion is to build disciple-makers for Christ!
James Smith / Pastoral Assistant
“My heart’s desire is to see the church truly be the church. People called out to live radically different lives with Jesus and point others to the same life-saving path. I give my all to presenting that path in the most clear and relevant way, to generations that are hungry to know God. I’m on a mission to blast through all the stereotypes of “church” and offer people a genuine glimpse of a God who would travel any distance and pay any price to offer his runaway children a ticket home. God’s given us the blueprint and all the tools needed to build an excellent church… I see no reason not to go for it!”
James lives in Burrville, NY with his wife Nicole, who teaches music at Faith Fellowship Christian School. They enjoy songwriting, cruising, flying to new lands, and people (most of all.)