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Christians for Syracuse is a group of pastors, parachurch ministries and interested Christians who work together for a greater Syracuse.  

You are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot  be hidden.
Matthew 5:14

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​Community luncheons/meetings are at 12:00 PM every second Wednesday of the month at the Empire Buffet in Dewitt.*  Cost: $13 per person. 

All are welcome!

*unless otherwise noted

Wednesday, June 8th at 12N

Christians for Syracuse welcomes guest speaker Chief Joseph Cecile at the Empire Buffet for our CFS Community Luncheon. 

Chief Joseph Cecile

Joseph Cecile, Syracuse resident for 28 years, who has worked for the Syracuse Police Department for 37 years, was named the city’s new police chief on April 22, 2022. 

“Joe is an innovative, collaborative and forward-thinking leader,” Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said. “He motivates others to work towards his vison. He is respected by both members of the force and of the community. He is a person of honor and strong character, and he loves this city.”

Cecile joined Syracuse Police Department in 1985, and worked several units and divisions throughout his career, always gravitated toward Problem-Solving Policing, where he believes the most sustainable positive change can be achieved by working directly with the residents and stakeholders.  


  • Graduate of Thomas J. Corcoran High School.  


  • Graduate of Syracuse University (B.A. in English Literature).


  • Promoted to Sergeant in 1995, Lieutenant 2001; Deputy Chief in 2010 and ultimately 1ST Deputy Chief in 2015.  


  • Board of Directors for both Salvation Army and Huntington Family Center.  


  • Committee member on several task forces, including NYS Criminal Justice Reform and Reinvention and Surveillance Technology Committee.  


  • Longtime member of International Chiefs of Police (IACP), Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), Central New York Association of Chiefs of Police (CNYACOP), and Onondaga County Association of Chief of Police (OCACOP).  

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“Joe is an innovative, collaborative and forward-thinking leader. He motivates others to work towards his vison. He is respected by both members of the force and of the community. He is a person of honor and strong character, and he loves this city.”

-Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh


2022 MAY


Syracuse, N.Y.



In 2017, after much prayer, Christians for Syracuse was led to apply for a booth at the Wescott Street Cultural Fair to bring Christ and His message into this well-publicized, well-attended event. Our application was accepted, and CFS has had a booth every year since then.


Several thousand people from the greater Syracuse community attend this event each year, which presents a diversity of booths and activities. The booths and stages showcase artisans and their crafts, community resources, musical talents, and a variety of foods and beverages. Christians for Syracuse marched in the parade and had a lively booth (including street “stage” in front of our booth) at this years' event, where 10,000 were in attendance!  

We spread the GOOD NEWS through dance accompanied by anointed music, free dance lessons for children, face painting, rope tricks, Gospel magic cubes, Goliath sling-shot challenge, free scripture tea bags, Bibles, gospel bracelets, “Smile Jesus Loves You” balloons, praying with people, giving our testimonies, and engaging in many weighty conversations...all sharing the love of Jesus!


Many thanks to our many volunteer participants:  Light of the World Ballet, Anointed Grace Worship Dance Team, youth volunteers from Prolife Training Center, Teddy Caputo from WMHR, Jim Livi (the Bubble Man), CFS Board Members and their spouses; and the others who helped make this day a great success!