ABOUT US

OUR BELIEFS

Our aim is to have all of our thoughts about God and ourselves be shaped by the words of Scripture. The  inspired Word of God, received and recognized in the canon of Scripture, stands alone as the final authority for our faith and our practice. Working from there, our hope is that our theology would always reflect a humble orthodoxy as we pursue God’s truth together.

 

We are a Reformed church that happily confesses with the Church throughout history the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds.

 

OUR VISION

Our mission is to glorify God by making mature, equipped followers of Christ who will impact our region, nation, and world with the good news of the gospel (Mt.28:18-20; Acts 1:8). ​​​​​​​


Our vision is to be a church-planting church. We desire to see an ever-increasing number of gospel-centered, disciple-making churches established in western, NY that will have a regional and global impact for the furtherance of God's kingdom. 


OUR VALUES

Gospel. Community. Mission. These three words really summarize what Community of Grace is all about. 


Gospel. The gospel is good news for sinful people. 

Jesus Christ has lived a perfect life and died in our place. He is risen from the dead, making a way for people to be right again with God. We want all that God is for us in Christ to be at the center of all that we do as a church.​​​​​​​



OUR TEAM

Matt Moran

 

Matt Moran is the Lead Pastor of Community of Grace. He grew up in Buffalo, NY and was part of the church as a young adult. He returned to the church at the beginning of 2017 and transitioned into the Lead Pastor position in August of 2018. Matt graduated from Houghton College and has a Master's Degree in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. From 2010-2016 he was involved in helping start new churches with the Seven Mile Road family of churches in greater Boston.

 

Matt is thrilled to be back in the Buffalo area and has a passion for church planting, making disciples of Jesus and helping people understand the meaning of the Gospel for everyday life.

 

Matt' secondary enthusiasms include Bills' football, reading, golf, and Bocce's pizza. He and his wife Laurel have four young children, Zoe, Ezekiel, Josiah, and Joel.

Micah Colbert


Micah Colbert is the discipleship / outreach pastor at Community of Grace. Micah also teaches ESL certification courses part-time as an online professor with the International TEFL Academy.


Micah was born in Annapolis, MD, but moved to western NY in 2005. He and his wife, Debbie, have four children: Clara, Hudson, Owen, and Lawson. From 2008-2012, Micah and his wife served as church planting missionaries in Ghana, West Africa. In 2013, Micah planted Gospel Life Church in Amherst. This year, Gospel Life merged with Community of Grace church in order to facilitate greater gospel parternship and outreach. Micah has also written two books designed to help churches effectively communicate the gospel to others. 


Micah's ministry passions include preaching, teaching, and helping folks see how the truths of the gospel apply to the nitty-gritties of life . He also enjoys reading, coffee, football, and an occasional pick up game. 

Eric Farley

 

Eric Farley serves Community of Grace as a bivocational elder, while working full time for the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. 

 

Eric was born and raised in Western New York. He and his wife, Kelly, have four children: Isabel, George, Henry, and Katherine. Eric graduated in 2002 from Buffalo State College with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Minor in English.

 

Eric's passions include theology, philosophy, sociology, and education. He wants nothing more than to see the Church of Christ carrying the cross of Christ in community and on mission. 

 

Whenever Eric has a free moment he enjoys the outdoors and is a nature enthusiast. He also delights in his wife and children, eager to drag them along on camping and hiking trips.

Kristy Patrick


Kristy serves as the children's ministy director at Community of Grace. She was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. After spending her entire life in Buffalo, Kristy married her husband Joel and a week after our wedding, headed to Denver, Colorado. 


"We left all our comforts and certainties behind for the uncertainty of the story God was writing. It was in Denver, amongst the trials we faced that I grew to know God more. It was there that my faith grew exponentially. In the midst of the struggle we had our daughter Ellisyn. We wanted to raise Ellisyn around family. So, in spite of more uncertainty, and only because of how my faith had grown, we decided to come back home to Buffalo.  


For the past 15 years, I have been blessed to use the gifts God has given me to help children learn the skills they needed to make it in this life. I have had the opportunity to lead groups of professionals in reaching common goals. Now, I am excited to use these same talents to serve the Lord as a leader over the children's ministry.  


My desire is that each child will have repeated opportunities to hear the life changing message of the gospel. That they might come to know the amazing love of God in his/her life.  In partnership with their parents, I want to help the children of Community of Grace, and beyond, find a firm foundation for their lives in a relationship with Jesus Christ.  


When I am not teaching you can find me spending time with my family, swimming, cooking, and being outside walking our dog while enjoying God’s creation."