God gave the vision for a Baptist Church in the Village of Cattaraugus first in the heart of Pastor Art Kohl and the people of Faith Bible Baptist Church in Eden, NY. After much prayer and time, God provided for FBBC to purchase the building on Gail Drive (formerly an Apostolic church). While waiting for the building purchase to complete, in Fall 2014 Pastor Kohl contacted his friend Thaddeus Kuntz (who was then traveling full-time as an evangelist and helps ministry) and presented his own burden for the Village of Cattaraugus and surrounding area. Pastor Kohl asked Bro Kuntz to pray about pastoring this new work and, over the next several months, God began confirming that direction.
In March of 2015 God made His call clear in the heart of Bro Kuntz while reading through Numbers 32 on Monday morning March 2. In May Bro Kuntz purchased a “handy-man special” house in the Village of Cattaraugus, and his family was able to move in to it just as the sale of the church building was finalized in August. To the glory of God, Bright Way Baptist Church held its first service on October 4, 2015. On July 1st 2018 Pastor Kuntz preached his last message at our church.
In the fall of 2018 (18 November 2018) Bro Frank Broughton became our interim Pastor. Bro Frank stepped down as interim Pastor on 18 December 2022.
On 1 January 2023 Bro Tony Bucco was appointed church overseer by Pastor Art Kohl. The church is holding a Sunday 11 AM service, live streaming Faith Bible Baptist Church in Eden NY’s service in the main auditorium of BWBC.
We currently are awaiting a new pastor. Please pray for Bro Brent Gullo who is praying and preparing for the position.
We are excited to keep our doors open and look forward to a great future. Come join us