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Other Religious Groups in the

Town of Collins

Village of Gowanda / Town of Collins Side

While the Village of Gowanda is an entity of its own, it is also separated into two townships, Persia and Collins, and two counties; Cattaraugus and Erie. We shall briefly look at those religious establishments which are, or have been, located in the Town of Collins portion of the Village of Gowanda.

The Presbyterians

The first Presbyterian Church was organized in 1827 with twelve charter members. It was organized as a unit of the Buffalo Presbytery. It was called "The Presbyterian Society of Lodi." The first Church structure was built in 1835, but was destroyed by fire seven years later.

The Evengelica Lutheran Church

Later named: Trinity Evangelica & Reformed Church

The church was formed by a group of German descendants reared in Lutheran methodology in 1887. A church building was constructed the following year. In 1961 the members merged with the Congregational-Christian Church, and designated the new group as The United Church of Christ in America.

The Assembly of God

This group organized during the mid 1900's. They first conducted services in the Grange building (the former Catholic Church) on Erie Avenue. Later, the group purchased a house on the Cattaragus side of the village in which to hold their meetings. More recently, the group has built a large assembly hall and school located at the end of Allen Street.

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