About Bridge Builders Ministries
Bridge Builders Ministries was established and incorporated in 2004 as a Christian based non-denominational church under the leadership of Pastors Phil and Ruby Harlow, Founders. We are a multi-cultural congregation committed to prayer and bringing reconciliation and healing to every individual.
BBM is under the spiritual covering of Bishop Joseph Garlington and Reconciliation Ministries International.
Phil and Ruby Harlow have served God and the church in a variety of ministry and leadership positions for over thirty years. They are committed to maintaining a biblical standard before God, each other, their family, the church and to their community at large.
In 2004 they founded Bridge Builders Ministries in Rochester, New York. They were ordained by Bishop Joseph Garlington and are associates of Reconciliation Ministries International.
Philip Harlow (Lead Pastor) has served in various positions leading up to his call and assignment as pastor. He functioned as a Vice President of Human Resources in the corporate environment serving in that capacity for two Fortune 100 company’s over his forty year career. His life’s journey reflects a positive integration of the Christian experience within the marketplace. He has a passion to support individuals in their growth, development, and utilization of their God given gifts and talents. He has attended various Christian leadership development programs, is a graduate of LeMoyne College and an inductee in the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame (All American Basketball Player)
Ruby F. Harlow (Pastor) provides oversight for several ministry areas of the church and provides spiritual and operational support to the Lead Pastor. Her passion is to disciple, motivate and empower others in alignment with sound biblical principles. She has a strong passion for prayer and is a dynamic teacher of the word of God, bringing hope to the hurting, while challenging individuals to live and develop their lives through personal excellence and integrity.
Ruby is a graduate of Faith Fellowship’s Advanced Christian Training School and Christian Counseling Program, She has studied at Elim Bible Institute and New Creation Fellowship Bible Institute, and has attended various Christian leadership development programs. She has worked in the Adult Education field and is a graduate of Howard University.
To be an impactful expression of God’s love in the communities that we are called to serve at the local, regional and global level.
To be a unified body of believers who are committed to Kingdom service and the advancement of a
move of God amongst all people
To teach the uncompromised Word of God
To serve as a unifying force, bridging gaps created by cultural, racial, denominational and economic barriers
To actively promote the Word of God to those who do not know Christ
To encourage the growth and development of every believer in their pursuit of destiny and purpose
We believe all Scripture, both Old and New Testament, were given by inspiration of God as the writers were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the very words of God, and that these Scriptures are the only rule of faith and practice.
(2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter1:20-21)
We believe in the one true God who has revealed Himself as existing in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit; distinguishable but indivisible.
(Matthew 28:19, II Corinthians 13:14)
We believe that God created the human race in His image, until sin entered by disobedience and rebellion and left humanity totally incapable of saving itself. (Romans 5:12, Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:17)
We believe that God ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between one genetic man and one genetic woman. It is through this relationship that God provided the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and for the procreation of the human race.
(Genesis 2:22-24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9.)
We believe the process of sanctification is a definite and progressive work of grace to be set apart by God.
(1Corinthians 1:30, 2 Timothy 2:19-22, Colossians 3:5-10, Romans 12:1-2, Titus 2:11-14)
We believe in Divine Healing and it is provided for through the reconciliation of Christ.
(Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:14-17, 1Peter 2:24)
We believe in the reality of hell and eternal retribution. One who dies in his or her sins without accepting Jesus Christ is eternally lost.
(Matthew 13:41-42, Luke 12:5, John 5:28-29, Luke 16:19-31)
We believe that the giving of tithes and offerings is God’s financial plan to support the work of the Kingdom and the local church. It is the key to walking in prosperity and not living under the curse of poverty. (Malachi 3:8-12, 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, Proverbs 11:24-25)
Note: The statements above are key representations of our core beliefs but are not inclusive of all beliefs.
We believe in the person and work of Jesus Christ, He was and is God; He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; He lived a sinless life. He performed miracles as recorded in the Gospels. He died for our sins and His death was for all mankind. He was buried and rose again on the third day; He ascended to the right hand of the Father and we look to His return for the church. (Luke 1:26-35,John 1:14,18, Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, I Corinthians 15:1-8)
We believe in the salvation of sinners by grace through repentance and faith in the perfect and sufficient work of Christ upon the cross by which we obtain the remission of sins through His shed blood.
(Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 9:12-14, Romans 5:11)
We believe that water baptism is the obedient response to the command of the Lord. Baptism in water is by immersion, and is for believers only. (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:38, Colossians 2:12)
We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the promise of the Father for the empowering of the Christian and its accompanying gifts and fruits.
(Acts 2:1-4, Acts 8:14-17 10:44-46, Galatians 3:14)