About Us


We are so glad you visited our website.  God is doing a great work here at Beartown Road Alliance Church (BRAC), and He has blessed us with many new faces in the past year. Whether you are have been a disciple of Jesus Christ for years, or you have not attended church in years, our hope is that you will find BRAC to be a place to pursue growth and friendship.

We have 2 Sunday morning worship services, one begins at 9:30 am and one begins at 11:00 am, and both usually last about an hour.  On a typical Sunday morning, you will see some people wearing jeans and a T-shirt, and others wearing a shirt and tie.  Come as you are!

If you have children, we also have 2 special worship services available at 9:30 am and 11:00 am for kids ages 4 – 5th grade.  When you arrive on campus, go to our gym to check-in your kids, and then proceed to the main building for our worship service. We have signs to direct you.  We also have an Infant Nursery for children birth through age 1, a Toddler Room for children ages 1 & 2, and our Preschool Room (3-year-olds) provides Bible teaching and activities.  These are all available during both worship services.

Wherever you are in your journey, there’s a place for you here. Our church exists to proclaim the excellencies of Jesus Christ who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light! We invite you to experience the genuine worship, encouraging messages, friendly people and enjoyable atmosphere that are a part of our community. We hope you will come to worship, study, and celebrate with us often. And, if you do not have a church home, we would be honored to have you consider becoming a part of our fellowship.

Who We Are


Beartown Road Alliance Church (BRAC) is a part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. We can participate in greater area events sponsored by the Northeastern District of the C&MA. Learn more about these opportunities by visiting their Website at http://www.nedcma.org. You can learn more about the C&MA by visiting The Alliance Website at http://www.cmalliance.org.God is doing a great work here and He has blessed us with many new faces in the past year. We are excited to be able to minister in this area and hope that you will join us as we reach the Corning area for Christ.

Wherever you are in your journey, there’s a place for you here. We invite you to experience the genuine worship, encouraging messages, friendly people and enjoyable atmosphere that are a part of our community. We hope you will come to worship, study, and celebrate with us often. And, if you do not have a church home, we would be honored to have you consider becoming a part of our fellowship.

Our Staff


Pastor Dave Bretch
senior pastor
davebretch@beartownroad.org

Pastor Andy Sassaman
executive pastor
andy@beartownroad.org

Pastor De’Andre Ralston
pastor of youth & young adults
deandre@beartownroad.org


Kristin Swan
director of children’s ministries
kristin@beartownroad.org

Jon VanSkiver
director of worship ministries
jon.vanskiver@beartownroad.org

Adam Karschner
lay pastor
adam@beartownroad.org

Wendy Friedman
office manager
wendy@beartownroad.org

Chelsea Griffin
ministry assistant
chelsea@beartownroad.org

Jamie Heale
information technology director
jamie.heale@beartownroad.org

What We Believe


The Christian and Missionary Alliance Statement of Faith

There is one God,(1) who is infinitely perfect,(2) existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.(3)

Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man.(4) He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.(5) He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust,(6) as a substitutionary sacrifice,(7) and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.(8) He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures.(9) He is now at the right hand of Majesty on high as our great High Priest.(10) He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace.(11)

The Holy Spirit is a divine person,(12) sent to dwell, guide, teach, empower the believer,(13) and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.(14)

The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.(15)

Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God:(16) he fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature,(17) are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ.(18) The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment;(19) and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss.(20)

Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God.(21)

It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly,(22) being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service.(23) This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion.(24)

Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body.(25) Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age.(26)

The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, (27) which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations.(28) The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.(29)

There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life;(30) for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment.(31)

The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent(32) and will be personal, visible, and premillennial.(33) This is the believer’s blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service.(34)

[1] Deuteronomy 6:4, [2] Matthew 5:48, [3] Matthew 28:19, [4] Philippians 2:6–11, [5] Luke 1:34–38, [6] 1 Peter 3:18, [7] Hebrews 2:9, [8] Romans 5:9, [9] Acts 2:23–24, [10] Hebrews 8:1, [11] Matthew 26:64, [12] John 14:15–18, [13] John 16:13; Acts 1:8, [14] John 16:7–11, [15] 2 Peter 1:20–21; 2 Timothy 3:15–16, [16] Genesis 1:27, [17] Romans 3:23, [18] 1 Corinthians15:20–23, [19] Revelation 21:8, [20] Revelation 21:1–4, [21] Titus 3:4–7, [22] 1 Thessalonians 5:23, [23] Acts 1:8, [24] Romans 6:1–14, [25] Matthew 8:16–17, [26] James 5:13–16, [27] Ephesians 1:22–23, [28] Matthew 28:19–20, [29] Acts 2:41–47, [30] 1 Corinthians 15:20–23, [31] John 5:28–29, [32] Hebrews 10:37, [33] Luke 21:27, [34] Titus 2:11–14