Our Pastors

Pastor Lawrence Cornaire



Larry came to know the Lord as his personal savior in a small church when he was 8 years old. At a young age Larry felt called to do work in missions which slowly evolved over the years. He felt called to be a pastor shortly after marrying his beautiful wife Cindy in 1986 which led him to United Wesleyan Bible College in Pennsylvania. Larry graduated from United Wesleyan Bible College in 1990 with a Degree in Pastoral Studies.

After receiving his diploma Larry served at three churches before coming to Community Fellowship at Princetown in the summer of 2000 where he served as the associate pastor overseeing youth. In January of 2006 he took on the role of senior pastor at CFP. Today Larry continues serve as senior pastor calling CFP to growth and reliance on Christ.

Heart

Larry has a true pastoral heart. God is first and foremost in his life, but after God comes his family. His family doesn’t stop with his wonderful wife of 26 years and his 3 children, but it includes every member of our church and virtually anyone he comes to know. He is a true family man, nuclear and heavenly.

In every aspect of life Larry displays a Christ-like nature being a man of integrity. Larry is loving, compassionate, honest, and many other such words that only scratch the surface of his character. He cares about others in a way that is genuine and rare to find.

Prayer and Evangelism: These are 2 things that are near and dear to Larry’s heart and course through the veins of CFP. Larry is dedicated to prayer. Larry views prayer as our way to tap into God’s wisdom, discernment, direction, peace, and power on top of being the one of the best ways to get to know Him. Thus Larry makes prayer one of the central focuses in his life. Evangelism is also something that is very important to Larry. The desire to see the lost saved from an eternity away from God burns inside of him. It’s from this that much of his compassion and love stems from.

Hobby’s and Interests

Larry enjoys gardening. Just recently he finished his greenhouse so he can garden all year round. He also enjoys being in the outdoors, taking in the beauty of God’s creation. His musical preference? Country, if you haven’t guessed it.

All of these attributes come together to make Larry the amazing man of God that he truly is; a man after God’s heart.



Pastor Emeritus David J. Brown

Pastor Emeritus David J. Brown and Judith M. Brown

Background:  Pastor Dave & Judy, who  celebrated 50 years of marriage in June 2013, both founded and ministered to the body of believers now known as Community Fellowship at Princetown beginning in 1973 until retirement from ministry in 2006.  Both coming from social work backgrounds with  hearts for the least, the lost, and the lonely, they eventually came to Schenectady in 1970 to head an outreach ministry sponsored by about 20 area churches called Schenectady Teen Development or affectionately known by street people as “Snoopy's Place”,  The scene at the time was the “Jesus Movement” ministering to street people and those on the “hippie trail” from Hawaii to New England which happened to pass through Schenectady.

Unlike his wife Judy who received Jesus as Lord and Savior at 11 years of age, Pastor Dave—an avowed agnostic, did not acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior until 1966 in the Valatie Presbyterian Church under the ministry of Rev. George Isley.

Pastor Dave holds a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University, and an MSW from SUNY at Albany, and is also a licensed psychotherapist.  Judy holds a BS in Sociology from West Virginia Wesleyan where the Browns met.  They have both served in many capacities in the Capital Region, including the local Association of Evangelicals, where Pastor Dave served for many years as president, the Schenectady Action Council, where he also served as president, and on the boards of many Christian organizations including Schenectady Christian School now known as McKeel Academy.  Pastor Dave founded and ministered through SOS Brazil, a short term missionary project that provided teaching and medical-dental services to remote villages along the rivers of the Amazon Basin.  Based in Manaus, Brazil, the project was in cooperation with the Amazonas Presbytery of Brazil.

Pastor Dave recently retired as  the Director of Social Work at the Ellis Residential & Rehabilitation Center and served on Ellis Medicine's Ethics Committee.  He still enjoys teaching and preaching as “pastor emeritus” at CFP.  Judy is very involved with Therapy Dogs International and along with their dog, Noah, does visitation in several area medical and scholastic facilities.   Having a burden for returning  veterans, Pastor Dave is working with “Give an Hour” a mental health counseling service for veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq suffering from  PTSD and PTBS.  They have two married daughters, seven grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.