Heritage sign CanastotaThis church plant is located in the heart of Upstate New York about 25 miles east of Syracuse, NY.   The decision to start Heritage Baptist took place in 2004 around a table in a restaurant in Canastota, NY.  Those present were Pastor & Deacons from Open Door Baptist Church in New Woodstock, NY, BCP’s Field Director, John Little, Christian businessmen, Chuck Little, as well as Becky & I along with Aaron and Pam Hurlbert.  From that meeting, Heritage Baptist Church started as a Bible Study in early 2005 with 2-3 families meeting in the Day’s Inn Conference room.  We then moved to the VFW for 3-4  months holding Bible Studies once per week.  In June 2005 we rented a store front and began Sunday services.   By January 2007 we had outgrown the store front, so God gave us a church property of ten acres and run-down buildings that had formerly been “Lighthouse Baptist Church.”  Lighthouse had failed in its mission to be a Lighthouse for Christ and was in poor condition.   We began demolition and renovation in 2007, and by 2011 had finished all new building projects.  During the past five years the church body has grown numerically,  financially and spiritually as it moves toward self-sustaining status.    Our goal is to see this church plant come to graduation over the next few years.