About

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who we are…

We are an apostolic church that believes and teaches the five-fold ministry according to Ephesians 4:11-16 to edify and encourage believers to use their God-given gifts. We are REAL, RELEVANT, and RELATIONAL in all that we do.

 

We believe…

  • The Bible is the infallible, inspired Word of God

  • In the one triune God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)

  • That repentance and faith toward Jesus produces the work of justification in the believer.

  • Water baptism by immersion is commanded of every believer.

  • The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a necessary and vital experience for every believer.

  • God is a covenant-making and covenant-keeping God.

  • The Church is the people of God.

  • God to be the source of all legitimate authority and that all earthly authority is to be subjected to Him.

  • God and His people are opposed by supernatural foes in the persons of Satan.

  • Jesus will personally return to earth in power and glory.

  • Every person will stand before God and be judged at the end of this age.

  • God has provided certain ordinances and transaction which are to be a part of Church life: baptism, communion, marriage, licensing, laying on of hands.

 

Mission & Vision

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we exist to…

  • Connect people to God through the Gospel, the power and freedom of the Holy Spirit, and teaching the Word.

  • Connect people to people through the local church forming real, relevant, godly relationships.

  • Connect people to their God-given purpose releasing them to serve our community, region, and the nations according to the commissioning of Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:16-20

 
Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’
— Matthew 28:18-20, NIV
 

Lead Pastors

 

Pastors Elliott & Mary Jo

Pastor Elliot: I was born, in Port Jervis, NY, to Rose and Herbert Blake, when I was two years old they divorced, later Mom remarried and I was adopted by Donald T. Oakes. We moved many times because Mom and Dad were transferred from Port Jervis to Newburgh and then to Poughkeepsie. I graduated from Newburgh Free Academy 1962 and went to work in The Newburgh Police Department as a new police cadet. I attended Orange County Community College and then transferred to Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa where I received my BA in Philosophy and Religion with a minor in science. That was 1967. I attended Pittsburgh Theological Seminary from 1967-1969 at which time I was drafted, instead I entered the United States Navy until 1973.

I was saved at the age of 13 in St. George’s Episcopal Church in Newburgh, New York. Then in 1980, I renewed my salvation and baptism in an outdoor pool at a church picnic through The First Assembly Church of Tempe, Arizona.

After the Navy I entered Emory University, Candler School of Theology and graduated in 1976 with a Masters of Divinity Degree in New Testament Studies and Clinical Pastoral Care. That degree included an internship at The Georgia Mental Health facility in Atlanta Georgia and a residency at The Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children in Atlanta, Georgia.

During this graduate work time, I joined the North Georgia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. I served The Eastland Road United Methodist Church as their Director of Music. That was a three year appointment. In 1974 I joined the United States Naval Chaplains Corps as a Theological Student Programs Officer. This lasted until 1984.

My appointment after graduation in 1975 was to The Blairsville Parish in the North Georgia Mountains. Sadly I went through a divorce and moved to Tempe, Arizona where I married Margie Cheeks, we had two children, and I worked at The Car Graph Company as their Maintenance Machinist and Company Chaplain from 1978 through 1987. In 1988, we moved to Treadwell, New York where I became pastor of the Treadwell Parish in the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. I served there nine years then moved to The Stamford United Methodist Church for four years and then to The Prattsville United Methodist Church until 2011. In March that year Margie passed into heaven. I retired from full-time service and was assigned to The Jefferson/Brimstone churches, part-time, for the next three years. While in my first year there I married Mary J. Hitchcock. I again retired from that parish after the third year there.

Currently, I have been serving for 20 years as Police Chaplain in The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Police Chaplain for The Department of Environmental Protection Police and Deputy Fire Coordinator for the Delaware County Department of Emergency Services. My wife MaryJo and I are now the Senior Pastors of Mountaintop Christian Fellowship in Bloomville, New York where Al and Shelly Vamosy served as the founding pastors from 2007 until 2018 when they entered full-time mission work and moved to Florida.

 
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Pastor Mary Jo: I was born in Maryland at Andrews Air Force Base Hospital to Jim and Mary Hitchcock. We moved to Stamford when I was two. I attended The Stamford School System until we moved to Florida in 1984 where I entered the Hillsborough School System finishing my senior year graduating in 1984. I started Medical Assisting in 1987 and graduated in 1988. We moved back to Stamford in 2000 where I went to Licensed Practical Nursing school and graduated in 2001. I have been taking many Bible courses through these past years and continue to do so. I also serve as the Historian for the Central New York Fireman’s Association.

My working experience began in Florida and is comprised of many areas including retailing, public service and medical office staffing. In New York I was in retailing and for the past eighteen years medical staffing as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Through the years I have attended many bible-based congregations. I gave my life to Jesus and received my salvation in 1986 at the Tampa First Seventh Day Adventist Church. Then in March of 2011, I confirmed my salvation in a public baptism service through the Prattsville United Methodist Church at a lakeside gathering and picnic.

My ministering experience includes being Assistant Delaware County Fire Fighters Association Chaplain, and beginning in 2012, serving with Pastor Shelly Vamosy. I served as an assistant for three years. Then she retired and in 2015 I became the County Firefighter Chaplain, and still hold that position. For the past five years I have also been an assistant Chaplain in the Central New York Firefighter’s Association. On October 2, 2016 I was awarded my license to preach from Mountaintop Christian Fellowship and became one of their assistant pastors. For the last year I have been one of the senior pastors at Mountaintop since Al and Shelly Vamosy have moved into their mission ministry in Florida.


Founding Pastors

 

Pastors Al and Shelly began Stamford Outreach Ministry in their home in 2009 which is now Mountaintop Christian Fellowship located in the building given to them that same year. They have been short-term missionaries since 2004 serving the Dominican Republic, Haiti and recently, Cuba. They were commissioned to the nations in 2014 passing Mountaintop Christian Fellowship on to the leadership of Pastors Elliot and Mary Jo.

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Pastors Al & Shelly

Pastor Shelly Vamosy was born and raised in the Grand Gorge / Stamford, NY area spending a good share of her childhood in Brooklyn and Tarrytown, NY.

In her later 20’s, she received Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. This happened at a time in her life when many uncertainties were taking place. Thinking that things would get better, she encountered many difficulties that would challenge the reason of her existence causing her to wander into the world.

In 1998, she married her longtime friend, Al Vamosy. Determined to conquer her demons, that same year, she rededicated her life fully to the Lord Jesus Christ. In 2001, Pastor Shelly began taking Bible Classes in Albany, NY through the Pinecrest Bible Training Center extension program. After a few years of classes, she decided to begin attending classes as an enrolled student at the Pinecrest campus in Salisbury Center, NY.

Traveling many miles back and forth to school while keeping her commitments to her family and ministry, Pastor Shelly received her ordination credentials through Pinecrest Ministerial Fellowship in 2004. She graduated in 2009 after eight years of study. She is currently enrolled in Christian Life School of Theology working toward her Doctorate in Biblical Theology. In 2014, Pastor Shelly was ordained through Maranatha Ministerial Fellowship International.

Pastor Al Vamosy, Jr. was born and raised in Stamford, NY. Her served in the United States Military both Active duty and Reserve for 26 years.

While in his mid 40’s, in 2001 he received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Determined to defeat his addictions, he began studying the Bible on his own. In 2008, Pastor Al enrolled in formal studies through CLST, and in 2011, he received his diploma in Biblical Theology and was locally licensed through Word of Faith Christian Family Center as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In 2015, Pastor Al received hi Associates in Biblical Theology. In that same year he received his ordination credentials through MMFI.


Partners

 

We link arms with…

 

word of faith christian family center

Mountaintop Christian Fellowship has its roots in this wonderful, “parent” church.


CLST Global

We partner with WOFCFC to provide in-depth biblical training and degrees through Christian Life School of Theology Global.

 

Mmfi (maranatha ministerial fellowship int’l.)

MMFI is our Apostolic Network where we connect with other ministers and ministries.

 
 

breath of life missions

 
 

 

Our History

Mountaintop Christian Fellowship was founded by Pastors Al & Shelly Vamosy in January, 2009 and is a “church plant” from Word of Faith Christian Family Center.

MCF began in the Vamosy home as “Stamford Outreach Ministry.” That same year, the former Gilchrist Memorial Church was given to Pastors All and Shelly for the new work.

 
 
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REnovations begin…

With lots of work to do in the building, on-site services began in August, 2011. Renovations were ongoing from that time, and due to the lack of insulation in the building, services returned to the Vamosy’s home for the 2011-12 winter.

Creating a safe, inviting place for worship and ministry is one of MCF’s core values. So, in April 2012, final renovations began and on-site services resumed. Building renovations and overall upgrades included: padded chairs, new sound / projector system, new roof, insulation, sheetrock, lighting, two new bathrooms (one fully handicap accessible), handicap accessible ramp and door, a new front door and extended parking lot.


The journey…