Graffiti Church prepares for baptisms and new team members

On February 23rd the Board of Directors for Graffiti Community Ministries in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn gathered for its Annual Meeting. The Board includes members from affiliates of other churches in the Graffiti Church network, an employee of the North Carolina Baptist Convention, and six members from Texas of which five are from Parker Association churches. John Thielepape serves as chair for the Board which oversees the development of the non-profit corporation for community ministry serving the neighborhood in partnership with Graffiti Church – Brooklyn.

Stephen Trainer serves as Executive Director for the non-profit and as pastor of the congregation. In the third year of ministry to the neighborhood, the ministry has begun to experience momentum and bring the light of the gospel to a dark corner of New York City. The Board heard stories of success in both the Work Ready and GED programs as well as the school partnership program. Leasing additional space has doubled not only the square footage available for ministry, it has doubled the number of participants in these programs.

On Sunday morning, the church recognized a woman who has recently passed her exams for the GED as her husband and two young daughters proudly stood by. Another woman scheduled her baptism to take place on March 11, and later on her husband gave his life to Christ and requested to be baptized along with her.

Wes and Hannah Carroll began their ministry as team members for Graffiti Church and Ministries on February 25. Wes has previously been Student Pastor and Worship Leader at a church in Comanche, TX. He will lead be Worship Leader for the church and also serve as Assistant Director for the non-profit. Hannah is a calligraphy artist who will work from a studio in their home. The Carroll’s completed their move to Brooklyn on February 20 and they are ready to be part of the ministry.

Continue praying for this gospel movement that is growing in one of the poorest neighborhoods of New York City. Pray for financial obstacles to be overcome, for community barriers to be diminished, for safety in a neighborhood often visited by crime, and for lives to be changed by the love and grace of Jesus Christ.

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