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 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. 


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.​​​​​​​


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 five children: Zoe, Ezekiel, Josiah, Joel and Stephen.

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. In 2020, 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. 

Pamela Morrow

Pamela Morrow serves as the children’s ministry director at Community of Grace. She was born and raised in Buffalo, New York by Christian parents who faithfully lived out the gospel. As a child, she realized her sinfulness, and she desired the joy and forgiveness that comes from knowing Christ as Savior. 

Pamela later graduated from a Christian college with an English Education degree. She has taught elementary-aged children both at a Christian school and as an online ESL teacher. She has also volunteered in various church-related children’s ministries over the past 17 years. Her desire has been to see children not only come to Christ in repentance and faith, but also to become rooted in the faith and flourish through the transforming truths of the gospel. 

Some hobbies that Pamela enjoys include hiking, swimming, and reading with her two children, Noah and Alice. One book that has been influential in her life is Behold Your God: Rethinking God Biblically by John Snyder.  

Luke Lindner 


Luke Lindner is the Youth Ministry Director and a Pastoral Resident at Community of Grace.
He’s spent all but two years of his life in his beloved hometown of Buffalo. He married his best friend, Brooke, in 2019 and they are parents to Maureen.

Luke’s mom was the most consistent witness to God’s grace in his life. Around age 13 he
repented of his sin, trusted in Christ, and was soon baptized. Luke aspires to pastoral ministry; he’s excited about God winning the praise of the nations through local churches. Luke loves gathering with the saints and wants to see many more gospel-preaching churches around Buffalo.

Luke likes most sports, but he mostly sticks to disc golf. He enjoys spending time with the
church and family over delicious meals and fun drinks.




We are so excited to have humble people who are eager to serve the body of Christ here at Community of Grace.


To learn more about our understanding and calling of deacons you can click on the document below.


Deacons Q&A  


Dave Debalski, Deacon




Debbie Debalski, Deacon




John Lougen, Deacon




Laurel Moran, Deacon