Pastor John Graf was born in Brooklyn, New York and was raised Catholic. As a young boy, he moved to Long Island and later graduated from Comsewogue High School.
In 1975, he joined the United States Air Force and served honorably for 4 years. While stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, he was faithfully witnessed to by another young airman. On September 14, 1976, Pastor Graf realized his need for a Saviour and in repentance and faith called on the Lord to save him.
Shortly thereafter, he married his high school sweetheart, Liz, and knew for certain that the Lord was calling him to preach. After joining Bible Baptist Church in East Grand Forks Minnesota, he attended and graduated from Northland Baptist Bible Institute.
He, his wife, and their 4 children were sent from their home church in June of 1985 to start a work in New York. The church was organized in the fall of 1986. Pastor Graf has pastored Long Island Baptist Church for 28 years.
WHEN YOU WALK
THROUGH THE DOORS...
Visiting a church for the first time can be uncomfortable, but we want you to know that a visit to Long Island Baptist will be enjoyable for the entire family. You will not find a friendlier congregation anywhere! We invite you to listen to inspiring music, helpful teaching, and faithful Bible preaching.
SOME QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE:
Are there classes for my children? We provide a clean, well-staffed nursery for ages newborn to 3 for all services and there are Sunday school classes for all ages. During our main service, there are fun, friendly, Bible-centered classes for ages 3-10.
Do I need to be a member to attend? No—we invite everyone to attend for as long as they like!
How should I dress? There is no specific dress code for our visitors—much of our church family dresses in a traditional Sunday dress. Our main goal is to make you feel welcomed and comfortable at Long Island Baptist.
What if I am a different denomination? ALL are welcome!