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Snyder Avenue Church recently hired Associate Pastor David Grainge and his wife Lisa to develop outreach and pastoral care in the community.
Many different ethnic congregations are holding their worship services at Snyder Avenue.
David R. Grainge has been Millgrove Bible Church's senior pastor since 2003.
He was ordained by the church in 2004. David is a western New York native, born in Niagara Falls, NY. David attended high school at Lewiston-Porter High School and graduated in 1980. He then completed a degree in German at Middlebury College in Vermont (including a year of language study in Vienna, Austria) in 1985. At Middlebury he also studied teacher education and writing. After a short stint as an English/Computer teacher at a Christian school in North Tonawanda, NY David moved to Winona Lake, IN where he attended Grace Theological Seminary. There he met his wife, Lisa. They were married in Warsaw, IN in 1987. He completed his theological studies in 1991, graduating with a Masters of Divinity degree. In 1992 David, Lisa and his family moved to inner city Philadelphia where he served as a RUN - Reaching Urban Neighborhoods - missionary. In Philly, he was part of a church-planting team in the Kensington section of the city. He served as the new church's acting adult pastor. In 1996 David and Lisa followed God's call to return to Buffalo to serve as Executive Director of the Buffalo Christian Center. David considers it a supreme privilege to be a minister of the gospel. He loves the gospel and preaches it as 'the power of God to salvation' for everyone-especially the Christian! He enjoys reformed theology and reading the writings of the great theologians-past and present. David also enjoys spending time with his wife and 8 children. David and Lisa recently adopted three children from Ethiopia. The family lives in nearby Clarence, NY. David is an avid runner, completing a marathon in October 2002. He enjoys computers and finding new ways to apply technology in the church and at home. He is also a big, long-suffering Bills and Sabres fan.
By David Grainge, who serves with InFaith in Pennsylvania
Robert (not his real name) came to the U.S. when he was one month old. He was born in a refugee camp. I'm really not sure how he came to become a Christian. His parents and most of his family are Buddhist. Robert lives in my South Philly neighborhood. He's a member of a trade union but doesn't get much work. Robert loves his son, who lives in New Jersey with his grandmom, and brings him back to his house whenever he can. He wants to bring him up to love Jesus. By David Grainge, who serves with InFaith in Philadelphia Mission work, I am convinced, is a crucible for sanctification. Do missions and you'll be tried, tested, and (hopefully) proven! Sanctification happens as God purifies our sinful hearts, transforming us into the likeness of his Son.
Rev. David Grainge, Buffalo Christian Center
David has a B.A. in German (with minors in teaching and writing) from Middlebury College and an M.Div. from Grace Theological Seminary.
For nine years he pastored the Millgrove Bible Church in Alden, New York. Previously, he was the executive director of the Buffalo Christian Center in Buffalo, New York, a para-church ministry that serves the needs of inner-city Buffalo residents. David & Lisa Grainge Joe Darrow Lou & Elsie Centeno A group of InFaith ministry leaders in Philadelphia are developing a mid-term urban mission program for young people who want to spend ten months serving God full-time and confirming whether He is calling them to a lifetime of missions. Mission InPhilly brings young people to the city to serve various neighborhoods and discover ways to share... Crucible for Sanctification Grainge By David Grainge, who serves with InFaith in Philadelphia Mission work, I am convinced, is a crucible for sanctification. Do missions and you'll be tried, tested, and (hopefully) proven! Sanctification happens as God purifies our sinful hearts, transforming us into the likeness of his Son.