Get to Know LWBC

Who we are

Living Water Baptist Church (LWBC) is a Church in Owego, NY that proclaims God's love through Jesus Christ so we may all serve Him fully with our lives. With an understanding that are all fallen sinners in need of a Savior, our church exists to "Exalt the Savior. Equip the Saints. Evangelize the Sinner."

As a Southern Baptist church, we are affiliated with the Baptist Convention of New York and the Central New York Baptist Association.

Our desire is to serve the Owego community, the Southern Tier, New York, the United States, and the entire World with the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We want to be outward focused in our efforts to reach our world. If you'd like more insight, check out LWBC Mission.

Our Beliefs

LWBC is a Bible-believing church that studies God's Word together to learn how He would have us live this life. In love, God gave us His Son, Jesus, to live a perfect life for us as an example of holiness, and sacrificially died to pay the penalty for our sins. He offers us forgiveness and grace to all who will come to Him. For more details about what we believe, check out our Faith & Beliefs

Our Values


We want to speak the truth in love, by saying what we mean and meaning what we say.


We will extend grace to people where they are in order to encourage them to become what God wants them to be.


We shall strive to find where God is working and join Him in His work so that we seize the opportunities that He gives us.


We will sell out our will to serve Jesus Christ, by serving each other.


We will submit ourselves to the good of the body, and follow the leadership, which God has placed over us.

Our History

Living Water Baptist Church was founded in April 1978 as Owego Southern Baptist Chapel under the leadership of the Director of Missions, A. Wilson Parker. The first pastor, Harold Lefler, was called in February 1979 and arrived on the field in April of that year and served until April 1981. In its early days, the church met in the Owego Treadway Inn. In the following years, the church purchased the property at 1405 Taylor Rd and built an initial building. Later, the church built a building addition, which is our current sanctuary, then later build the baptistry addition on the front of the sanctuary. On December 31, 1997, Wayne Sibrava came to serve as senior pastor and has served in this capacity ever since.

Our Church Constitution

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