History

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Bill Otterbeck, Jonathan and Steve Kline painting the old barn.

The Church
The official name of the church is the Christian Community Church of Kinderhook.  It began informally as a small group of people pastored by Rev.George Isley
in 1972.  The constitution of the church was developed in 1976 and the ratification of the initial bylaws occurred on July 31, 1977.  The church was then pastored by three elders – George Isley, Peter Rogati and William McKinley.

The church is presently pastored by Bill Otterbeck (since 1985), Jack Oles (September 30, 2013), and Joe Skoda (May 18, 2014).

Solomon’s Porch
055The red barn in which we meet was initially a Christian coffeehouse named Solomon’s Porch that was instrumental in touching many lives over a thirty+ year period.

The coffee-house started during the Charismatic Renewal of the early 70’s when the owners of this property (Hazen and Mary Berry) began ministering to young people in the community. For a time, Pete and Marylyn Rogati headed up the coffee-house in a building on Main Street Valatie.  The building was called Sarah’s Place in honor of their infant daughter who died of SIDS.

John Henry then took over the ministry at Sarah’s Place until he left for Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in the mid 80’s.  Bob & Jan Wasson, who were living in Maine and who themselves had found Christ through the ministry of Hazen and Mary Berry, believed that Jesus was calling them to move back to the area to be involved in the coffeehouse.  Over the next 20+ years, they were the directors of the coffee-house and, along with George Isley, the ministry evolved into outreach to trouble kids from Berkshire Farm and St. Ann’s Institute.   The Church eventually bought the property from the Berrys in 1979.