A Short History of Grace Refomed Baptist Church
Grace Reformed Baptist Church of Long Island was created from a merger of First Baptist Church of Merrick in Merrick, NY (the current site of GRBC) and Calvary Baptist Church in Amityville, NY.
First Baptist Church of Merrick (founded in 1926)
- Donald Linsz
- George Sadler
- Clyde Michener
- Scott Syracuse
Calvary Baptist Church (founded in the late 1950's)
CBC was a church plant of the Conservative Baptist Home Mission Society.
CBC's first pastor was Leonard Schneider (church planting pastor)
and was located in a store front (next to a pizza parlor) in Inter County Shopping Center on Carmans Road in Amityville, NY.
Grace Reformed Baptist Church (dedicated in 1962)
Jaymes Morgan served as pastor.
- Michael Gaydosh
- Larry Soviero
- John Herringer
- Richard Gosswiller
- Marc Grimaldi (present co-pastor)
- Doug Totter (present co-pastor)
Interesting Facts of Grace Reformed Baptist Church of LI
- In 1962, a "Hymnal & Bible" package cost $5.00.
- The sanctuary building was built at a cost of $175,000 financed completely through bearer bonds.
- GRBC Garage was dedicated in memory of Ernest Laycock.
- South Shore Christian school started in the sanctuary basement. Now, the adjacent building is home of Grace Christian Academy with some classes held both in the sanctuary and sanctuary basement.