About Us

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)

Pastors Pre-Merger

  • 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.

Pastors Post-Merger

  • 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.