Responding to the Lord’s call to “build big people”, Pastor Joel and MaryAnne Sadaphal started LIVING WORD in May of 1993. A small group of about 18 met in their home to worship, study the Word and pray for what the Lord had in store next. Within a week an opportunity to use the Travel Lodge Hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport became available. On the following Sunday, Living Word had its first service, and would remain at the Travel Lodge for the next 5 months for its weekend worship services. That group of 18 would eventually become the church’s founding members.
In October, the church was miraculously granted the use of its current facility and has been an integral part of its surrounding community through its various outreaches and ministries. To see the marvel of individuals move from believers to disciples, to witness someone’s journey of becoming a fully committed disciple of Jesus is a testimony of the Father’s Grace on this body of believers.
It may have started with Joel and MaryAnne and their young family (daughters Danielle and Stephanie) in 1993; however, today many have joined hands with them to make it happen each and every day. There exists as a result, a church that has and is impacting many lives and the region.
God is at work at Living Word and if you haven’t visited, we invite you to see for yourself how exciting church can be when the focus is simple and people are free to go after God with passion!