Graffiti Fellowship Church began in 2015 when Pastor Stephen Trainer moved into the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, New York City to begin providing educational programming designed to break the poverty cycle in the inner city. Informal tutoring in a construction site trailer would become the Graffiti Ministries Learning Center which now serves as many as 100 people per day, but Pastor Stephen's plan was always to plant a new church in the community as well. Just as the Learning Center was meeting the more tangible "felt" need, the church would meet the equally important spiritual need. That calling from God to plant a church where everyone was welcome, taught, and treated like family became Graffiti Fellowship Church.
Why "Graffiti" in the names of our two organizations? We are part of a network of churches and ministry centers that began in New York City in 1975. At the time people were continually tagging graffiti on the building of that first ministry center, and so people began calling it the "Graffiti Church". Graffiti Churches and ministry centers are each autonomous and independent but have a similar heartbeat to see lives changed in communities of need. When starting the work that would become Graffiti Fellowship Church, Pastor Stephen wanted to include the Graffiti name that has such a powerful legacy of making disciples in the inner city.