In July of 1987, Pastor John Koletas started the Grace Baptist Church of Troy, NY. For the past 29 years pastor has faithfully and unequivocally preached the gospel of Christ and stood for the Word of God, the King James Bible.
This church is a wonderful group of people who, through the years, have come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior and have stayed to form the family of Grace Baptist Church. The Lord has been so good to us to have given us folks through the years who have been married here, brought up children here, and have stayed faithful until the Lord called them to Heaven.
In 2014, our church had a big day of 200 with 20 saved and 3 baptized. In November 2015, Pastor Koletas started another church in Astoria, Queens, New York City and currently pastors both churches. Another man from our church has been pastoring a church in Petersburg, New York for over 10 years. We are the first foreign missionaries to be sent out of our church.
It is with great pleasure that I whole-heartedly recommend Timothy Davis to the mission field of Burma. Firstly, let me start off by saying that, as far as I know, there are zero independent, fundamental Baptist missionaries in Burma today. Just that statement says enough. That may only be said about a handful of Islamic countries. I do not know of anyone going to Burma for vacation. If you have read anything about Burma recently, then you know what a closed country it has been and the brutal military that has ruled the country for so many years. It has only recently been pressured to open up just a bit to the outside world, but not to missionaries. The country of Adoniram Judson is longing for someone to go with the gospel once again.
Secondly, Timothy Davis is a separated soul winner who has proven that he is worthy of your consideration of your support to go win souls. I promise you that you will not have to worry about whether your support will be in vain. He has not only been busy winning souls all these many years, but he has also worked on the bus route and driven the buses himself, whether it was at his home church growing up, at college, or at our church here in Troy, New York. He is a faithful Sunday school teacher that follows up his students. He has filled the pulpit for me when I have been away. There is obviously no doubt that our church will miss him, but we firmly believe that Burma needs him more. He loves God. He loves the Bible. He loves souls. He is not one of those pretty boys who think more highly of themselves than they ought to think, like way too many young people do these days. He is a worker. He works a full-time job two hours away from home to support his family and to pay his bills. Just that statement should say enough.
Lastly, and maybe most importantly, he married my daughter and has three of the most beautiful girls in the world. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
John Koletas, Pastor
Grace Baptist Church
612 4th Ave.
Troy, NY 12182