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At Church of the Intercessor, you will find people from all backgrounds and experiences, whose desire is to know God's love and forgiveness in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. We are an apostolic community that values the acceptance of people into the family of God. We believe that if one encounters the love of God then the purposes of God will be released in their lives. We are an active relational community. We acknowledge that everyone has both needs and a calling and is highly valued as a member of the Body of Christ. Therefore, we have various ministries in which you can find both a place to serve and also receive ministry.We know that God is working His transforming and healing power in us, even as we love and serve each other. Since those who have been forgiven much will love much, we welcome all who need and want help.


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The Most Rev. Craig William Bates, our pastor for over 25 years and senior pastor for over 20 years, was born in Watertown, New York on December 28, 1949.  He is married to Cathy Lee (Giles) and they have been married for over 45 years.  Together they have three grown children – Joel, Katie and Sarah.  They have seven grandchildren – Jocelyn, Callie, Charlotte, Aaron, Brielle, Devon and Hunter.

Bishop Craig did his undergraduate work at Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky; Worcester Junior College, Worcester, Massachusetts; and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Franconia College, Franconia, New Hampshire.  He graduated with a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Anna Maria College, Paxton, Massachusetts.  He has a M. Div. from the General Theological Seminary, New York, New York.

In 1985, he accepted the call to be the Associate Pastor of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Malverne, New York.  In 1990, upon the retirement of the Senior Pastor, he was called to be his successor and has remained as Senior Pastor since then.  In 1994, he joined the Charismatic Episcopal Church and his congregation followed in January if 1995 and changed their name to the Church of the Intercessor.  On November 14, 1997, he was consecrated the first Bishop of the Diocese of the Northeast.  On January 9, 2008, he was elected the second Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church.

Bp. Craig has served at the Cathedral Church of the Intercessor for over 30 years.  He is well known in the New York Metropolitan area as a voice of unity among the churches.  He is President of Bridges of New York, an outreach to people in transition from jail or prison and is the president of the Brotherhood of St. Joseph, a ministry to the poor and disenfranchised.  Bp. Craig is also the supervising bishop for the Society of St. Dismas.

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