|1850 Nine Mile Point Road, Penfield, NY 14526 at Route 250|
|Sunday School: 9:45am|
|Sunday Morning: 11:00AM|
|Sunday Evening: 6:00PM|
|Wednesday Evening: 7:00PM|
|Reformer's Unanimous 7:00PM|
|Youth Group 7:00PM|
|Deaf Fellowship 7:00PM|
|585 388 0850|
|Yes-All services are interpreted for the Deaf/HH|
|<mr AT myground DOT org>|
|Pastor Zackary Dressner|
HISTORY OF THE CHURCH
The Southeast Bible Baptist Church (SEBBC) was started by two men, Pastor G. William Woodward and Brother Gene Johnson, both from the First Bible Baptist Church in Greece. After going door-to-door for several weeks, Pastor Woodward conducted the church's first service on July 19, 1970 in a small rented church facility located at 202 E. Commercial Street in East Rochester, NY. “Southeast” was chosen as a name for the new work, since both men felt a burden for the southeast part of Monroe County.
Over the next couple years membership grew and funds were raised, and in 1972 the church purchased an old church building from the Penfield Recreation Department and a neighboring house both located at the “four corners”of Penfield (the corner of Rt. 441 and Five-Mile-Line Road).
After a tremendous amount of renovation, the church moved into its new home, and the Lord continued to bless the ministries of SEBBC. Souls were being saved, people were baptized, and church membership continued to grow.
Called to the mission field, Pastor Woodward left in 1973. Edward Lowell served as the new pastor from 1974 until1982 when Raymond Drake came to SEBBC as the third pastor. A few years later, in 1985, Bruce Craig became the forth pastor.
The church continued to grow and within a few short years, the decision was made to move the Pastor to his own home and use the parsonage for much-needed additional Sunday school classroom space, restrooms, and church offices. In the early 90’s, with clear evidence the Lord was blessing the work of SEBBC, the church started to look for another place in Penfield to build a larger facility.
In 1992 the church purchased a 10 acre parcel of land at what is now the church's current location at 1850 Fairport-Nine-Mile-Point Road (Rt. 250) in Penfield. Construction on the new 12,000 sq. ft. building started in 1993 and was completed in early 1994 almost exclusively by the labor of the church members.
Although initially located offsite until 1994 when the building was finished, the church founded the Southeast Christian Academy, a K-12 Christian School, in 1993. The church added the Commongrounf Baptist Institute in 1994 and the Commonground Baptist Camp Ministry in 1995.
Over the next 10years, with the Christian school growing, the youth ministry thriving, an increasing number of people being reached, the church again felt the need for additional space. In 2006 the church constructed a 12,000 square foot addition that included a larger auditorium, restrooms, classrooms, and office space, essentially doubling the size of the church's building.
In 2007 the church called Pastor Zac Dressner to be the newest Senior Pastor. Since 2007 the Southeast Christian Academy, Commonground Baptist Camp, and Commonground Baptist Institute have all reached record enrollment. Missions giving has also reached an all time high.
With an earnest desire for growth, missionaries all over the world, and a vision to start new churches, one could say that the sun never sets on the ministries of Southeast and Commonground Baptist Ministries.
To God be the glory, great things He hath done!
DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH
The Southeast Bible Baptist Church and Commonground Baptist Ministries believes the following:
#1 In one God in three persons - the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 4:4-6)
#2 The verbal plenary inspiration of the sixty-six books of the Bible, the infallible revelation of God, preserved in the King James Version of the Bible. (II Timothy 3:16, Psalms 12:6,7)
#3 The deity of Jesus Christ: His virgin birth, His sinless humanity, His substitutionary death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to Heaven, and His personal coming again. (John 1:1-3, Matthew 1:18-25, I Corinthians 15:3-4, II Corinthians 5:21, Acts 1:9-11)
#4 Salvation by faith in Christ alone, without works, and solely by grace. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
#5 The present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. (Romans 8:9-14)
#6 The need of works AFTER we are saved to express our gratitude and that we "may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God." (Ephesians 2:10, Romans 12:2)
#7 The resurrection of the body; the eternal glorified state of believers in Heaven, and the eternal punishment in Hell of all who reject Christ (I Thessalonians 4:13-17), Revelation 20:11-15)
#8 The one true Church, the Body of Christ, consisting of all believers regardless of color, race or standing; and the need for all living saints to attend and support a Bible-believing local Church. (Hebrews 10:25, I Corinthians 12:12-14)
*9 The need for daily growth in grace though Bible study, prayer and witnessing (II Peter 3:18, II Timothy 3:15-16, Ephesians 6:18, Acts 1:8), and the need for separation from sin, worldliness, apostasy, and compromise. (II Corinthians 6:14-18)
#10 The solemn command of Christ to evangelize and disciple all nations. (Matthew 28:19-20)
#11 The imminent pre-millennial, pre-tribulational, and personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ to take His Church unto Himself, and the subsequent establishment of His millennial Kingdom on the earth at His visible and glorious appearance. (I Thessalonians 4:13-17, John 14:3, Revelation 19:11-21, 20:1-6)
PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH
Above everything the church of Jesus Christ must strive to be Biblical. The Southeast Bible Baptist Church has identified at least Six purposes, easily remembered using the acrostic S.M.I.L.E.S., for any local New Testament church:
#1 Supplicate (Pray)...for the needs of others and oneself
#2 Magnify...the Lord.
#3 Involve...ones life with others in the church family.
Acts 2:42, 44, & 46
#4 Learn...Biblical ways to think and live.
#5 Evangelize...the lost who need Christ for themselves.
Acts 2:41 & 47
#6 Serve...in and through the local church.
VISION FOR THE CHURCH
The leadership of Southeast and Commonground Baptist Ministries believe a church should think and work toward making a difference in at least three areas.
#1 Upward: The church of Jesus Christ should glorify the Lord Jesus Christ in every way possible. IT is the duty of Christians to praise and live to the glory of God. Southeast and Commonground Baptist Ministries wants to make Jesus shine to everyone who can see!
#2 Inward: The church building and the places where the church leads ministries should always be places where the lost are won to Christ and the new nature of believers is nurtured. Southeast and Commonground Baptist Ministries wants people to change, really change, to be more like ther Savior.
#3 Outward: The Church of Jesus Christ must always seek to reach around the neighborhood and around the world. From operating a food cupboard for the hungry to an addictions ministry for the hurting, Southeast and Commonground Baptist Ministries envisions making a real impact in the world beyond the 4 wall of the church building.
OUR SENIOR PASTOR AND HIS WIFE
Zackary Dressner was born and raised in the Rochester Area as an only child. He accepted Christ as his savior as a fifteen year-old boy. He has attended the Southeast Bible Baptist Church ever since. When he was sixteen, he felt a call to the ministry under the preaching of Jim Vineyard, Pastor of Oklahoma Baptist Church. He felt led of Lord to continue his higher education at the Commonground Baptist Institute where he earned 2 Bachelor Diplomas and 2 Masters Diplomas. He is currently completing his dissertation for his PhD through Louisiana Baptist University.
Brother Dressner has served in the Southeast Bible Baptist Church for almost 20 years. He currently serves as the senior pastor of the church, the principal of the academy, the president of the institute, president of the missions board, and the president of the camp ministries. He sees pastoring adults, some of whom were once his school students, as one of his greatest joys of ministry. It is a privilege to be in one place for so long.
Brother Dressner enjoys sports, hunting, and playing chess. Whenever he can break away, he will escape to some chess tournament or tree stand. He also enjoys his wife, Jennie, and three children, Philip, Rebekah, and Paul.
Jennifer Dressner was born in New Jersey, but was raised almost entirely in the Rochester area. Jennie has a sister, 2 half brothers, 3 step brothers, and 1 step sister. Jennie and her mother have attended the Southeast Bible Baptist Church since Jennie was two-years-old; however, her Christian life began when she trusted Christ as her savior at Vacation Bible School as an eight-year-old girl.
Jennie home schools her three children and supports her husband and the ministry in a number of ways, including serving as the extension school coordinator for the academy. Jennie loves music, photography, and spending free time with her family.
Together, Pastor and Mrs. Dressner enjoy the privilege of leading others into a deeper relationship with Christ and with their fellow brothers and sisters. It is their goal that Southeast Bible Baptist Church and Commonground Baptist Ministries would be a blessing not only to the people of the church and Rochester community, but also to people around the world.
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