We were able to hang out recently with Pastor Dean Mabry of Ilion Community Church in Ilion, NY.
That’s about halfway between
Albany, NY and Syracuse, NY; and about 1,000 miles from North Atlanta, where Dean and Elaine were called in 2010 back to Elaine’s home town.
It’s not quite rural and certainly not urban, but Ilion is home to the famous Remington Arms. It’s also home to 7,800 people and a deep sense of community pride and family values.
And now, it’s home to Ilion Community Church, planted by just “an average guy,” according to Mabry. “If God can you use me,” Mabry said, “He can use you too.”