About Us

Community Fellowship at Princetown

The Community Fellowship at Princetown, Inc. grew out of an inner city ministry in Schenectady known as Schenectady Teen Development which ministered to the “street people and hippies” of late 1960s and early 1970s.  Schenectady Teen Development was supported by about 20 local churches and numerous individuals who had concerns about the youth of the city.  David and Judith Brown had been commissioned as missionaries by the First Presbyterian Church of Valatie New York.  The drop-in center/coffeehouse they ran was known as “Snoopy's Place”.   In 1973, the board of Schenectady Teen Development chose to end the ministry, in part because the “street people and hippies” were fewer in number.  A core group of those who had come to Christ through the ministry continued to meet for prayer and Bible study at the Browns' home and began a telephone call in ministry called “Love Lines” in conjunction with a popular Christian talk/music show called “The Scott Ross Show”.  As the core group continued to meet they became organized as a religious association in December, 1973 called Community Fellowship.  Feeling led to move out of the city to a more rural setting, the fellowship began prayerfully considering purchasing a “home” for bot

h the fellowship and the Browns.    In August, 1974, they purchased the buildings and property of the former First Presbyterian Church of Princetown, the home of the now incorporated Community Fellowship at Princetown.  The fellowship hall served as home to the Browns, and later became  a Jr./Sr. Christian school which consolidated with the now McKeel Academy, then known as “Schenectady Christian School”.

Over the next 25+ years Community Fellowship at Princetown (CFP) continued to meet, focusing on building a family atmosphere.  Rev. David Brown continued to not only serve as senior pastor at CFP but also took part in inter-church ministries in the area.  In 2000 Rev. Larry Cornaire joined the leadership team as the associate pastor overseeing the youth.  In 2006 Pastor Dave Brown passed the torch to Rev. Larry Cornaire as the senior pastor.   In 2011 Pastor David Herndon became the new associate pastor and Rev. David Brown, Emeritus continues as guest speaker from time to time.

Learning To Live Loved

Community Fellowship at Princetown continues to carry on a family atmosphere where every member and visitor is treated like a brother with love and encouragement.  CFP is also very prayer focused.  Every movement, goal, and decision begins and ends in prayer at CFP.  Our current and future focus is reaching out to our community; finding ways to meet the needs of the community and share the gospel.