Family Life's Building Project
Amount Raised: $2,212,610
Total Building
Total Purchase

You can be part of God’s blessing! 

One of my favorite passages in Scripture is Psalm 37.  There is such wonderful instruction in this chapter.  We’re encouraged to “Trust in the Lord,” to “Take delight in the Lord,” to “Commit your way to the Lord,” and even to “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.”  Following those admonitions will bring God’s blessing through tremendous rewards. 

There is something else unique and wonderful about Psalm 37, something that is perfectly applicable to the Lord’s ministry at Family Life.  Seven times in this chapter, the phrase, “inherit the land” or “dwell in the land” is penned.  The ninth verse says, “But those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land”.  Part of God’s blessing to His children was to provide them with land to dwell in.  God’s provision of land is exactly the need that Family Life has today. 

Purchasing an existing building was the first step in Family Life’s future! 

At the end of 2016, Family Life was blessed to be able to purchase an existing building in the Corning, New York, area that will ultimately become the ministry’s headquarters.  Since that time, plans have been developed to retrofit this facility to accommodate all of Family Life’s current needs.  But as we look to the future, there is a major expansion goal that will allow for large-scale ministry outreach opportunities to take place.  This vision includes the construction of a new performing arts theater/auditorium that will open the door for a considerable variety of events presently not possible.  However, before this dream can become reality, an intermediate step has to take place. 

The recently purchased building does not have adequate land for the construction of the new theater/auditorium or the necessary parking area for such a facility.  The ministry has been offered a wonderful opportunity to purchase 21 acres of vacant, commercial property adjoining Family Life’s new building.  The owners of this acreage are excited about the organization coming to the area and have reduced their asking price by over 50%!

We’re excited to see how the Lord will miraculously provide for this second step! 

The cost for this prime real estate is $850,000.  Family Life was blessed with our one-day fund drive in July to see listeners contribute over $460,000 toward that project.  Another $250,000 matching gift on that day was added to our total which has left us shy of the amount needed for the purchase to be completed.  Our prayer is that the Lord will do more than what we can ask or imagine and provide the remaining funds. 

Almost every day, one of our staff members is asked the question, “When is Family Life moving to Corning?”  We know that there is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for this project as people are becoming more aware of the incredible ministry opportunities that such a facility will present.  The overwhelming support of town officials verifies, to a greater degree, the interest and eagerness for this vision to come to fruition.  But before it happens, Family Life needs to “Inherit the Land”! 

Your contribution will help Family Life finalize this phase of the ministry’s future! 

Your generous gift will go a long way in helping Family Life finish this phase of the project.  You can mail your gift to PO Box 506; Bath, NY 14810, or you can make an online contribution

Imagine with us for a moment – Family Life having the capability of reaching many more with a myriad of additional outreaches, all for the glory of God.  That’s a vision that will become a reality with your help.  We want you to know how blessed and grateful we are for your friendship and your investment in what the Lord is doing at Family Life as He allows us to “Inherit the Land”! 

Yours in Christ,
Rick Snavely

Existing Building

Planned Renovation/Construction


Auditorium Interior Concept


Outline of the Project

History of Family Life's current facility
Why the need for a new facility?
What other possibilities has Family Life pursued?
Why the Corning, NY area?
God is opening doors to move to the Corning area!
How will this dream come to fruition?


New Building FAQs

I thought Family Life purchased some property in Kanona years ago for your new headquarters.  Why did you change your mind about building there?

We have spent the last number of years trying to get state/local help to bring public utilities to Kanona to no avail.  Our architects have told us that the cost of getting these utilities to our site along with the excavation costs would amount to $7,000,000.  This would have to be spent before one block was laid for a new facility.

What do those who contributed toward the purchase of that property think about not using it for the purpose the monies were raised for?  And what will you now do with this property?

Family Life sent out a letter to about 750 donors who had contributed toward the Kanona property's purchase and the buying out of the lease that was held on the property.  We heard back from over 200 of them and 100% of the responses were favorable to selling the property and using the funds from the sale for Family Life's new headquarters.  The value of the property is greater than the price the ministry paid for it in 2005.

Why are you looking to move Family Life's headquarters to the Corning area?

There are a number of reasons why such a move not only makes sense but also can be viewed as the Lord opening this door.  First of all, we discovered that the principal owner of the existing building is a strong supporter of Family Life and has drastically reduced his price for us to purchase it.  The cost of purchasing this building is about 10% of what it would cost to construct it new.  Even with the cost of retrofitting it for our use, it is much less than building it from scratch.  Secondly, the owners of an adjoining property have also drastically reduced their price to Family Life as they appreciate what the ministry does for people.  The overall price of this project is less than half of what it would have cost to build at the Kanona site.

How will being in the Corning area enhance Family Life's programming?

There are a number of other advantages to moving to the Corning area.  Corning is a destination place with hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting each year.  We hope to tap into that tourism traffic with year-round performing arts dinner events where we can share the Good News of Jesus.  Plus, with a greater local population to choose from, other events potentially will be better attended.  Family Life will also have more local volunteers to assist in its outreach.

How soon will this project become a reality?

The current plan is to raise the necessary funds to purchase the existing building by the end of 2016 and the adjoining property in the first quarter of 2017, if not before.  Once that has been accomplished, a major capital campaign will begin to raise the necessary funds to retrofit the building and construct the new theater/auditorium.  Our prayer is that the Lord will supply this within a three-year period.

What will become of Family Life's current facility?

Ultimately we would anticipate selling the present headquarters and use the proceeds to help cover costs of the new facility.

How will this affect the size of the staff at Family Life?

With increased opportunities for more ministry events, and with a larger facility, the need for additional staff will increase significantly.

How can I (we) contribute, outside of a general gift to this exciting project?

There are a number of opportunities to help Family Life reach its goals.  You can donate appreciated assets such as stocks, funds, real estate, etc. and receive very favorable tax benefits.  If you are an employee of a company that matches your donations, you can literally double your contribution by simply filling out a matching gift form.  Family Life can assist you in this endeavor.  If you are 70½ years or older, you can contribute directly from your IRA up to $100,000 annually for each spouse.  This contribution saves on taxes normally paid on your minimum required distribution.

Everyone Can Get Involved!

After hearing her parents discuss the Building Our Future Together campaign, 12-year-old Grace Propert decided she wanted to help.  So, she set out to raise $200 by sewing and selling her very own purses and handbags!  Just before the New Year's deadline, Grace stopped by Family Life to hand-deliver her contribution to Rick Snavely.  A big thank you to Grace and her parents, Nate and Marriah Propert, for this very special blessing!  

Hear Sonny's interview with Grace.