Tom Hauser and Sam Hannah met in speech class at Thomas Road Bible Institute.They began street preaching and singing together. Sam would sing on the street corner with his “down home” style and Tom would preach to the gathered crowd.
While in college, Tom and his wife, Char; and Sam and his wife, Pam, prayed and talked about ministering together. After graduation, they agreed to meet in Rochester, NY. While they were here, they met with pastors from this area to determine the necessity of a new church. At this point, they still felt unsure of God’s calling to plant a church here, so they departed and agreed to meet again in Rochester on January 17, 1977.