At Foundation we are driven by a simple yet powerful vision, to build community that makes a difference!

We'd like to explain that vision in the following two sections.

"Building community..."

When we talk about "community" we mean real, genuine community where people know and care for and about one another.  We think this is the kind of community that Jesus established with those who followed him and the type of community he called all of his followers to strive for.  It's a place where you can be loved, looked after and on occasion even stretched and grown.  Most importantly, we believe this community is open to anyone and everyone!

"...that makes a difference."

We are pretty sure that just gathering people together and not sending them out into the world is pretty short-sighted and perhaps even selfish. For this reason we believe that part of "building community" is sending people out into the world in order to make a difference.  One of the biggest ways we do this is by getting everyone involved in monthly mission opportunities.  At Foundation you'll have the opportunity to make a difference in the community and the world each and every month!


While a brand new church, FoundationUMC still has quite the story.  Below we've listed a few of the highlights...so far! 


What began as a gentle whisper, a still small voice, turned into a raging whirlwind, as lead planters John & Crystal Martin heard God's call to plant.  Having spent nearly 16 years in traditional pastoral ministry, John & Crystal were faithful to God's call.  They moved (along with their 3 children) from Lake Placid, NY to Vestal, NY in order to bring life to what was a call to something new!


Starting a church is not for the faint of heart, nor is it a task to be undertaken alone.  A Core Team of early adapters, entrepeneurs and those inspired by the vision of building community that makes a difference was created.  The group began meeting in the late summer of 2016 building their own community as they also sought to give life to a brand new church in Vestal!


Nearly 9 months after the first Core Team meeting, FoundationUMC will be launching worship on Sunday, April 2nd 2017!  Our services will last roughly 60 minutes and will include relevant, contemporary music with a biblically based applicable message.  Every Sunday we will welcome people young and old from all over the Southern Tier to join us in building community that makes a difference!


"Welcome to Foundation Church! As you're checking us out, please know that we appreciate your time and would love to hear from you. I would invite you to take a look at our ministries page where you can learn about what's happening in our community as well as get involved with our ministries yourself!


If you're considering an in person visit please don't stress about what to wear or if you need to know anything in particular. You don't need to know anything and our dress code is very relaxed. We want to make sure when you visit you are comfortable and welcome here.  


Again I would like to thank you for visiting our website and would encourage you to email, call or even visit us, as we love to connect with our new visitors. "