First Baptist Church of Dunkirk welcomes new senior pastor

Pastor Mark Massaro

The First Baptist Church of Dunkirk welcomes its new senior pastor. Pastor Mark Massaro and his family just moved to Dunkirk from southern Indiana, where he served in ministry for 10 years. They are enjoying getting to know the community and getting settled in at the church parsonage on Washington Avenue.

Before moving to western New York, Pastor Mark was the associate pastor at First Baptist Church of Princeton, Indiana, leading the student and children’s ministries. He was also involved as a soccer coach and with Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the local schools. Before that, he was youth pastor at New Life Baptist Church in Lake in the Hills, Illinois. He and his wife, Cindi, also served in church planting as missionaries with Galway Bay Baptist Church in Ireland and for many years as youth leaders at First Baptist Church in Hackensack, New Jersey.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Montclair State University and a master’s degree from Rutgers University. Before God’s call to full-time ministry, Pastor Mark had a career in corporate marketing for Sharp Electronics in New Jersey.

Pastor Mark was ordained at First Baptist Church of Princeton in 2013. Cindi loves to help people through counseling and teaching God’s Word to women. She is a former math teacher, certified biblical counselor (ACBC), and serves in many areas of the church. Pastor Mark is also an ACBC certified counselor and he is working on a master of ministry degree at Cedarville University. His life’s passion is to see people meet Jesus, grow in their faith in God, become active in ministry, and share the Gospel with others. In addition to spending time with his family, Pastor Mark enjoys being outdoors, kayaking, fishing, shooting, and woodworking. Pastor Mark and his wife, Cindi, met in their youth group at FBC, Hackensack and were married there in June 1991.

The Massaros have four children. Joe is in college in Indiana, Will is married to Alyssa and in college in Ohio, Grace just started attending Dunkirk High School, and Jack is in middle school at Central Christian Academy (a ministry of First Baptist).

The public is invited to join the congregation on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. for the weekly worship service, followed by coffee and refreshments. Pastor Mark started a new sermon series called Equipped for Life from the book of Colossians. The Sunday School and adult classes begin at 11 a.m. Stop by the church office and introduce yourself to our new pastor.

The First Baptist Church is located at 876 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. For more information, call 366-6634 or see