Alan and Grace Skiles

Alan and Grace Skiles

Christ Our Hope Church – Staten Island, New York City

About the Planter

Parents of 3, Alan and Grace will lead the effort to plant a new church in Staten Island. Alan, a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, will work from home in the InfoSec industry while leading the team. Before moving to Staten Island, the Skiles’ lived in Clifton, NJ for three years where they’ve served Christ Our Hope Church in the capacity of music, children’s, and small group ministry as part of the launch team. Now God has turned their hearts toward Staten Island where they intend to participate in God’s plan to build His church there.

About the Church/Area

  • SI Demographics: Staten Island has about 480,000 residents from all over the world, but about 1/3 are Italian Catholics. 30% speak a language other than English at home and 20% were born outside the US. The population is increasing rapidly as the nations gathered in Brooklyn are moving here by the thousands every month.
  • How to partner:
    • Prayer: We keep our prayer list updated via our quarterly newsletter, which can be subscribed to by emailing or following us on Facebook @skilesNYC.
    • Financially: Recurring and one time gifts can be given at Just click the orange "give" button and look for "The Church at Bulls Head" in the list of available church plants to support.
    • In Person: reach out by email or phone for details on joining us for a mission trip or a vision trip or having me to your church to present our vision.

How to Get Involved

  • That we don’t neglect to commune with God and to love our wives and families in these busy times.
  • For wisdom in the building stages of the church as we choose leaders.
  • That the building would not distract us from our mission to spread the gospel.
  • Share this church plant with people you know
  • Visit our beautiful city in small teams while being intentional about living the gospel.
  • Send teams to help prayerwalk and do mission work.
  • Give to the Co-operative program and the Annie Armstrong offering.
  • Consider making a financial gift directly to the church plant.

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