Grace and Holy Spirit Church

is an

Episcopal and ELCA Lutheran

Christian faith community.


We have been sharing worship together under one roof for over a decade. In June 2014, on Pentecost Sunday, we voted to formally merge together under New York State law as a Religious Association with the name Grace and Holy Spirit Church. The vote was unanimous! Like other similar congregations around the country, we are led by a shared board and we share both Episcopal and ELCA Lutheran traditions when we pray together.


While not the biggest congregation around, we remain a stable presence of mainline Chrisitan faith in the heart of downtown Cortland. In a contemporary social environment in which we see many churches closing and more and more people expressing no religious affiliation at all, Grace and Holy Spirit Church stays vital and grows with the addition of new members. With a history of reaching out to the hungry and the poor, the broken, and people with disabilities we look to a bright future as a small church that makes a difference in the world, for Christ!

     Fire 2016

We have three leadership groups.

Mission Leadership Board

Oversees the daily running of our combined congregation.

Regina Grantham-Chair

Adam Hamilton-Ferguson-Vice President

Rose Bergeron-Secretary

Lynn Stark-Treasurer, Appointed

Peter Williams

Kate DiDonato

Claire Webster

Susan Van Helsdingen

Margaret Gipson

Cyrus Hamilton-Ferguson

Episcopal Vestry

Maintains our connection to the Episcopal Church

Adam Hamilton -Ferguson

Ray Snyder-Junior Warden

Dawn Bahns-Clerk of the Vestry

Rosemary Vail

Ashley Smith

Karen Kennedy

Janet Griffin

Lutheran Council

Maintains our connection to the Evangleical Lutheran Church of America

Mary Ellen Ensign-President

Jo Ann Wickman-Vice President

Anita Kuiken-Secretary

Ken Wickman-Treasurer, Appointed

Margaaaret Gison

Gloria Kreh

Nancy McCool 

Virginia Cope

July  29, 2016 

Grace and Holy Spirit Church experienced a fire.  Our neighbors, the Cortland Fire Department were called to the scene.  They quickly extinguished the fire but not without significant damage to the building.  Fire damage was isolated to rooms adjacent to the santuary.  Smoke damage impacted the entire building.   We were extremely blessed that the people in the building were not seriously injured. One person suffered from smoke inhalation.  Fortunately our secretary had left the building.  If she hadn't, she would have been trapped in the upper office. 

We had to find a new home to worship in for a period of time.  Fortunately the Interfaith Center was able to offer their facility for our office and worship. 

It took some time and patience but our community pulled together to work on rebuilding!  

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