Who we are
The North American Baptist Conference is a network of over 400 churches and church plants across the United States and Canada. The Eastern Association includes 32 of those churches on both sides of the border, stretching from Quebec to Pittsburgh (including southern Ontario, Western New York, and Western Pennsylvania). Churches in the NAB East are committed to the Word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ. We value shared ministry through prayer and partnerships with one another. Our goal is to be a fellowship of healthy pastors, healthy churches, and praying people.
The Eastern Association exists to cultivate our common identity and mission as NAB congregations, serving one another through fellowship, collaboration, and shared resources.
We aspire to be a cooperative network of healthy churches that fulfills our mission by . . .
1. Gathering: Providing opportunities for gathering at both the Association and local level, promoting fellowship, worship, and encouragement.
2. Support: Supporting our churches in ministry opportunities or in times of need.
3. Communication: Providing consistent, meaningful communication to and among the churches.
4.Finances: Developing a sustainable financial plan for fulfilling the Eastern Association’s mission.
We value doctrinal unity around core biblical truths.
We value the faithful proclamation of the gospel.
We value fellowship among pastors and congregations.
We value opportunities for ministry collaboration.
We value strengthening existing churches and church leaders.
We value planting new churches.
We value intercessory and corporate prayer.
Dr. Dana L. Goodnough serves as the NAB East’s Regional Minister, providing support and resources to the pastors and churches of our region. Dana is also Pastor of Discipleship at Pittsford Community Church in the Rochester, New York area where he has served since 1985. Having grown up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, Dana is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Calvary Bible College, and Dallas Theological Seminary. He also has a counseling degree from Liberty University and a doctoral degree from Dallas Seminary. Dana serves as an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern Seminary and Roberts Wesleyan College. He has also published two books, Three Minute Theology and The Life: A Biographical Study of the Life of Jesus Christ (both with Westbow Press). He is also a certified church consultant and a member of the Society for Church Consulting. Dana has participated in several short-term mission trips to places including Russia, Indonesia, Chad, Ukraine, and Brazil. He and his wife, Monica, have three children—Andrew (and his wife Nicole), Emma (and her husband Darton), and Adam (and his wife Chelsea), as well as five grandchildren. In his leisure time Dana enjoys a good book in an Adirondack chair by a quiet lake.