Senior Pastor : Richard Dickinson
A Brief Testimony: I went to college in the 60s, which should worry any straight thinking person! But as we often hear people say, “that is another story!” In 1973, after finishing a Masters in Microbiology, I no longer believed that the world evolved; it had to have been made for it was just too precise and complicated. So I went on a search for who was telling the truth about God. I wandered about the yoga societies, sat at the feet of the Eastern gurus visiting America, read the likes of Carlos Castaneda, and engaged in specific behaviors like fasting and not sleeping, so that I might become more spiritual. Finally, I decided to try that which I scorned most, (as did most of my generation); I decided to try the Bible. Over time I concluded that the Bible was indeed accurate and Jesus was the in fact the only real Truth.This eventually led me to seminary and a Masters of Divinity. In 1977, God called me into the ministry, and to that task I have tried to be faithful ever since.
M. Div. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (cum laude) 1977
M.S. (Microbiology) University of Montana, 1973
B.S. (Biology) St. Lawrence University, 1971
Pastoral experience: 36 years preaching, teaching and counseling:
2007- Present Pastor, Cazenovia Village Baptist Church
1985 – 2006 Pastor of Faith Evangel Church.
1979-1985 Associate Pastor of the International Assembly, working with the Evangelical Chaplain at Syracuse University in an outreach to international students as well as family oriented ministries.
1978-79 Pastoral internship, Community Covenant Church, Missoula, MT(Evangelical Covenant Church)
1976 Summer pastoral internship (M.Div. requirement) at Erwin Methodist Church (United Methodist) Syracuse, NY
1985 Preaching, Brighton Towers Retirement Community 2 months/year
2000-2004 "Pastor On Call", Crouse Irving and University Hospitals
1992 – 2005 President, Syracuse Christian Action Council
1982 - present President and cofounder of the Northfield Mt. Hermon Christian Concern Fellowship (nmhccf.org), an alumni outreach of the Northfield Mt. Hermon School
1987 - present "Pastor of the Day" message on WMHR Christian radio
1985-1990 Corresponding Secretary, Greater Syracuse Association of Evangelicals
Ruling Life- Lessons From Old Testament Kings, pending publication
Reference Scientist for Answers in Genesis
Other work experience:
2004 - Present Consulting Microbiologist in Contaminated Structures