ACTS began in 1973 as two Christian business men, Hugh Douglass and Don Rockwell, meeting for breakfast at a downtown Elmira, NY, restaurant. In addition to their breakfast fare, the pair shared Scripture reading and prayer. Soon they were joined by a handful of like-minded men and began to meet every other Friday morning.
The first name of the group was “Christian Men’s Fellowship of Elmira.” In 1991, both men and women were welcomed to attend the meetings. The name of the group changed to “Area Christians Together in Service” and the first ACTS constitution was adopted.
Romans 15:5&6 was selected as a summary scripture.
The ACTS logo was developed.