In 1976 Ned and Sue Paquette with their two young children
came to Rome, NY on an Air Force assignment. Two years later, their
lives took a dramatic change. Led by the Holy Spirit, Ned gave up his
career as a fighter pilot to become a minister of the gospel. In 1979
Rome Christian Center was officially incorporated.
The church met in a number of rented facilities for the next
several years. Their first meetings were held in a store front (now a
parking lot) on Dominick Street across from St. John's Church. Later,
meetings were held for over five years in the Capitol Theater, then in
the Lake Delta Fire Hall for over fourteen years. In 2006 God opened
the door to purchase the former Ascension Lutheran Church at 7985 Turin
Pastors Ned and Sue can testify to God's faithfulness in
ministry for over twenty-five years. They have five married children
and ten grandchildren.
Rome, New York -- Past and Future Home of Nationwide Revival
Charles Finney (1792 - 1875) was an American evangelist and
educator who is credited with over 500,000 conversions to Christ.
During the "nine mighty years" of 1824 to 1832, Finney conducted
powerful revival meetings all over cities, towns and villages in New
York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Especially notable here at Rome
Christian Center is the work Finney conducted right here in our city,
when almost the entire population of Rome came to know Jesus Christ as
Lord and Savior. You can read about his work in the online tract, "God
Comes to New York."
We believe that Rome -- and Rome Christian Center -- will be
the site of end time revival in this area, continuing the work that
Finney began here in the 1820s.