Our Sunday services are open to everyone – no matter your previous church affiliation or current position in your spiritual journey. Christ’s Church Albany is simply about helping people love Jesus, love each other, and love the world.
We gather at 25 So. Allen Street, The Elks Lodge, located near Albany’s Madison/Western Ave. split. We kick things off with Café time and children’s check‐in at 10:30am. Be sure to look for our signs around the immediate area to help you find us.
What to Expect on Sundays
What to Expect
We enjoy a welcoming, laid‐back atmosphere with casual dress and plenty of coffee,as well as homemade goodies. Services last about an hour and include a teaching, music, and reflection. All who choose to do so may participate in open communion. For your little ones, we offer a secure children’s area where kids can learn about Jesus in a fun environment.
After each service we offer a 10‐minute class covering 10 things about Christ’s Church Albany. This is a great chance for you to ask questions and get a better look at who we are. The 10 is held in the first row immediately after service.
We have arranged access to plentiful parking for Sunday services. Spaces surrounding The Elks Club, spaces at the St. Peter’s Dental Center, spaces at the Trustco Bank, spaces on adjacent streets such as West Lawrence or Allen Streets.
We want to be good neighbors, so we kindly ask that you utilize these parking options and avoid using spaces needed by the Madison Avenue businesses, restaurants and cafés which are open on Sunday.
Speaking of the great businesses in the area, we encourage you to patronize them before or after services. We love the choices!
- Tierra Coffee Roasters, 1038 Madison Ave.
- Junior’s Bar and Grill, 1094 Madison Ave.
- The Point, 1100 Madison Ave.
- Café Madison, 1108 Madison Ave.
- Madison Pour House, 1110 Madison Ave.
Plus, many more eateries such as Bruegger’s Bagels, Dunkin Donuts, and Subway are also nearby.
Serving Teams make everything from Sunday services, Café snacks, and CCKids to community events happen for Christ’s Church Albany.
All of our teams are made up of normal people who believe that they have time and talent to share with others.
Motto: a short sentence or phrase chosen as encapsulating the beliefs or ideals guiding an individual, family, or institution.
Join us this summer as 5 speakers share with us the Bible verse that has become their life motto.
Andrew Fitzgibbons // Westside Christian Church
Andrew “Fitz” Fitzgibbon has served as the Director of Group Life and Men’s Ministries at West Side Christian Church in Springfield, IL, since 2009. Before going into vocational ministry, Andrew was a high school teacher and coach and then served as a Dorm Dad and Small Group Director for Lincoln Christian University, while he was a seminary student there. He’s passionate about helping people grow in their journey with Jesus, and especially helping men learn how to lead, live and love as they follow the example of Jesus.
Fitz met his beautiful wife, Jen, through campus ministry at Illinois State University. They have been married for 17 years and have three great kids: Abi (13), Lydia (11), and Ethan (9). In his spare time, he enjoys playing with his family, exercising, and woodworking.
Nathan Mandsager // Schenectady City Mission
Nathan Mandsager currently serves as the Director of Schenectady Works. A division of the City Mission of Schenectady, Schenectady Works is aimed at empowering employment by focusing on retention and productivity while supporting individuals in workforce preparation and career advancement. Schenectady Works, utilizing the Bridges Out of Poverty constructs, facilitates a wide variety of training and other innovative initiatives leading to dynamic community-wide partnership of agencies, businesses, faith-based organizations, and community leaders seeking to remove barriers, build resources, and support the community in the journey from poverty to sustainability.
Nathan’s experiences in both the corporate and non-profit arenas are vast and include directing the Flood Recovery Coalition for Schenectady County after Hurricane Irene, serving as an associate pastor for ten years, co-founding the Haven Family Center, and working as an elementary teacher. He’s also an avid traveler and has led multiple development and mission teams to countries in Africa and Europe as well as Haiti, working with individuals in absolute poverty to rebuild their lives. Nathan currently serves on the Board of Directors for ChildVoice International.
When not working, Nathan enjoys spending time with his wife, Pam, and three children, Zak, Aalyia, & Grayce. He also appreciates a dark, steaming cup of good coffee.
Tim Owens // Renew
Tim is the pastor of Renew–an infant missional church taking root in Colonie, NY. After nearly a decade working in traditional ministry contexts, he and his friends are actively re-imagining everything they know about Church by emphasizing participation, striving towards overlapped lives, and joining God’s renewal of the whole world by focusing on their tiny corner of it.
He lives with his wife and three children and loves escaping into the wild in the nearby Adirondack Mountains any chance he gets.
Rifat Filkins // Execute Director RISSE
Rifat Filkins came to Albany from Pakistan in 2009 and was hired on at RISSE as the Education Director. There were just 40 children in the youth program at that time, and no adult ESL classes. She was eventually promoted to Executive Director and oversees the adult ESL program and the youth after-school and summer programs. She works with employees, volunteers, and the RISSE board to help the organization continue to grow and flourish. Ms. Filkins is so grateful to all of our volunteers and those who contribute in so many different ways to help refugee families. She expects RISSE to continue to develop and to be an invaluable resource for our diverse community of refugee and immigrant families.
Ms. Filkins earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education and then went on to earn Masters degrees in Art History and in Education. From 1998-2009, Ms. Filkins worked as the principal of Martin Pur Christian Girls High School, under the management of the Presbyterian Education Board. She speaks English, Punjabi, and Urdu.
Jonathan Hentrich // Christ’s Church Albany
Jonathan Hentrich is the lead pastor of Christ’s Church Albany. Over the past 4 years he has spearheaded the start of a brand new church in mid-town Albany as well as starting the Love Albany and Serve Albany initiatives. Jonathan has a passion for serving and reaching out to the community around Albany and to his neighbors and friends. Jonathan lives with his wife Ashley and two children Mari and Liam.
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