Faith Chapel held its first service on June 6, 1989 when ten families met at the Onondaga Hill Club hall led by Pastor Lee Simmons and his wife Avrille. After meeting and growing for three years in various rented locations, we purchased our first church facility in November of 1992. Though it was outside the target area, it was “a real church”, an important step in getting established. Two years later, the Lord graciously allowed us to purchase a 79 acres on Onondaga Hill!
Over the next year we grew to three weekend services and plans began to formulate and finance a building program. Pastor Lee called the church to fast and seek the Lord. What emerged through prayer was God’s plan to build - without borrowing - using the time, talent, and treasure of God’s people. One year later, by God’s grace, the land was paid off and we broke ground on a beautiful 11,600 square foot church facility. We did over 90% of the work ourselves and with much attention to excellence, we moved in to the facility less than two years later debt free. We held our first public service on Easter Sunday 1999 at our present facility.
God has used Faith Chapel as a ministry to raise up workers for the harvest and sends them out into the harvest field. In the last decade, Faith Chapel has moved from the addition to multiplication as we have both planted churches and sent missionaries to various countries. We continue to seek God for more.
In January of 2009, our Founding Pastor Dr. J. Lee Simmons, passed the leadership of Faith Chapel to one of his spiritual sons, Pastor Jim Tuttle. Dr. Lee currently oversees Missio Global Ministries as founder and president and Pastor Jim along with his wife Pastor Kelly are the Lead Pastors of Faith Chapel.
Please enjoy a few throwback pictures illustrating our story below.