October 2012 will be a month of celebration for the members of North Country Fellowship Church. It was 25 years ago that NCF held it's first official service.
NCF began when church planter, Rev. Patrick Wilson, moved to Evans Mills, NY to start a Conservative Baptist Church in July of 1986. Initially, Pastor Wilson held Bible studies in his home. In December of that same year, Pastor Wilson and his family moved to South James Street in Carthage, and continued the home studies until the gathering grew so much a new location was needed.
On the first Sunday of October in 1987, NCF held it's first official service at the YMCA in Watertown. Weekly meetings continued there until the church moved its services to 267 State Street, Carthage on September 3, 1989. The church thrived and within a few years it out grew it's State Street location and once again pondered a move.
On February 11, 1990, Vincent & Elizabeth Sayre offered to sell NCF five acres of land on the Sayre Road. The purchase price was one dollar. In January of 1991 construction began on the new building and on August 3rd the church celebrated its first service at 35206 Sayre Road, its current location.
Rev. Wilson remained with NCF as their pastor until January of 1994 when he relocated to Leroy, NY. Pastor Mike Biolsi joined the pastoral staff at NCF in October of 1990 and has been the Senior Pastor since 1995.
In October 2003, as the NCF celebrated it's 16th Anniversary, the church also celebrated another major milestone: thanks to a generous giving campaign, the mortgage on the the church's facility was paid off early.
In the fall of 2006 the church brought on another pastor. Pastor Len Flack had come to faith in Jesus through the ministries of NCF, and after studying ministry at Davis College he returned to Northern NY and the church.
Today the church averages about 110 people at its 11:00am Sunday worship service which includes contemporary music, Biblical life application messages and Sunday School for children ages 3 through 5th grade. NCF still offers home study groups and programs for junior and senior high students.
"A lot of things have changed over the years", says Pastor Biolsi, "we have changed locations, music styles, pastors and many of our members have moved away; but the one thing that has never changed is our desire to help our community by helping people connect with the God who created them." North Country Fellowship continues to minister to local and military families located in the Fort Drum and greater Carthage areas.
If you would like to know more about the church, or if you are looking for a place to connect with God, then the people of North Country Fellowship Church invite you to join them on Sunday mornings at 11:00am. You may also contact either Pastor Mike Biolsi or Pastor Len Flack or call the church: (315) 493-3958.