The Rev. Mark Sharnick, pastor of First Assembly of God since 2003, likes to say that “there’s an answer in the Bible for any issue in life.” Members of his self-described “traditional” church believe that the Bible is the direct word of God.

First Assembly has robust outreach programs, including youth scouting programs, and supports missionaries throughout the world. Within the building is also a new faith-based K-8 school called Connecticut Christian Academy. Rev. Sharnick welcomes new parishoners. He says, “In these tough times – our current political and economic situation – the greatest help and foundation is to go back to Christ.” “Our community is very loving. We believe that the word of God is the only foundation on which to build our lives.”