THE HISTORY OF THE HOOSICK FALLS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE CHURCH
In the fall of 1988, a vision arose in the Bennington Missionary Alliance Church of planting a
church in Hoosick Falls, N .Y. Rev. Bill Strader was the pastor of the Bennington Missionary
Alliance Church at that time. Early in the following spring, a prayer meeting was started in the
home of Bill and Joanne Brown, with John and Marion Carlson supportively attending. In a short
time, the prayer meeting turned into a bible study, with a growing roster of people attending.
Several months after the first prayer meeting at the Brown’s, it was decided to call Bill Church to become the first pastor of the new church. On July 1, 1989, Rev. Bill Church, his wife Susan and their five daughters arrived in Hoosick Falls from Toccoa Falls, Georgia, and took up residence at
133 Main Street. Bill and Sue were formerly from Bennington and the Bennington Missionary
Alliance Church. It was also during this month, that the church leaders decided to name the new
church The Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church.
On September 17, 1989, the first evening worship service was held in the American Legion
Building on Main Street. Approximately 6 months later, the first morning worship service was
held in the fellowship hall of St. Mark’s Episcopal church on Main Street. This also marks the
beginning of the first Sunday School Classes, and the release of several families from the
Bennington Alliance to help in the church planting.
On September 9, 1990, the church was recognized as an officially organized church of the
Northeastern District of the Christian & Missionary Alliance. Twenty people were received as
charter members on this date. Also during this month, the church moved into the Grange Hall
on the Hill Road.
Just over 3 years after Bill and Sue arrived in Hoosick Falls, the Community Alliance was
incorporated as the Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church. Church attendance kept
growing, and on May 6, 1993, the church purchased property on Home Street for the current
parsonage. Bill, Sue and their five daughters moved into the completed parsonage in November of
1993. On January 15, 1997, the H.F.C.A.C. purchased 5.15 acres of property for the purpose of
building a church building.
Still under construction to bring this up to date.
Praise the Lord for his goodness and mercy!