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In 1979, a young pastor and his wife started a Bible study in Rome. As the study grew, the group moved into a rented storefront space and incorporated as a nondenominational, Bible-believing church. Over the span of the next several years, the church grew. Ministries included:  bus ministry, door-to-door visitation, street evangelism, home Bible studies, concerts, and overseas missions trips. The church needed its own property! In 1986 the "barn" (a former dairy farm and dance hall) on Sleepy Hollow Road was purchased. The first floor was converted into classrooms and the second floor into a chapel. Next, Rome Community Christian School K-12 was opened. Over the span of the next 18 years the school averaged between 40-75 students.


In 1988, Mark Morin became senior pastor. He initiated an annual missions conference that, literally missionaries from all over the world, attended. Outreaches included: radio ministry, hospital visitation, ministry, teen ministry, Central New York Bible Institute, and women's ministry.

In 1995, Griffiss Air Force Base closed. As a large portion of the congregation was military, the size of the church decreased. Rome Community Christian School stayed open for several more years but finally closed in 2005.

​In 2005, Mike Phillip became the senior pastor of New Beginnings. Pastor Phillip was especially gifted in personal investment, and he improved public relations with the local community. After five years of faithfully serving, Pastor Phillip and his wife relocated to Georgia to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

William "Pat"  Whalen became the senior pastor in August of 2011. Under his leadership, Sunday School, Vacation Bible school, and men's Bible study groups were started. Pastor Whalen oversaw the revision of the church constitution and instituted church membership. After four years of serving the church family, Pastor Whalen retired so that he and his wife could travel and spend more time with their children and grandchildren.

Pastor Allen Wayne became the senior pastor of New Beginnings Community Church in June of 2015. 

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