Faithful, Diverse & Open-Minded

Faith & Diversity

The Plattsburgh - Adirondack Coast area is amazingly diverse, thanks to:

  • SITE OF THE FORMER PLATTSBURGH AIR FORCE BASE. The Air Force hosted thousands of Air Force personnel and their families from all over the country, keeping the community connected to all facets of America. Plattsburgh's friendliness and quality of life made it a permanent home of choice for a great many, keeping the area diverse, open, and very welcoming to newcomers.
  • HOME TO PLATTSBURGH STATE UNIVERSITY. Plattsburgh State University draws students, faculty and staff from all over the country and from all backgrounds, as well as from around the world. And as with former Air Force personnel who loved Plattsburgh and stayed, the area has also become the home of choice for thousands of Plattsburgh State Alumni.
  • OUR INTERNATIONAL CONNECTION. Plattsburgh is "Montreal’s U.S. Suburb" and Montreal is one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities in North America, offering access to almost every conceivable faith just one hour up the road. 
  • OUR OLYMPIC SPIRIT. Lake Placid, home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, still embodies the Olympic Spirit as it routinely hosts international athletic competitions and visitors from around the world.

BLACK Americans, People of color, and Canadians

Plattsburgh is amazingly diverse and open; more than four decades of past association with the U.S. Air Force which brought thousands of diverse Americans to Plattsburgh, many of whom have stayed as permanent residents; and being home to the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Plattsburgh is also adjacent to Montreal which hosts a diverse mix of people from all over the world - especially from French speaking Africa and the Caribbean. For more information:

As you quickly become a part of the general community, you will have access as well to virtually every religious denomination and to specialized groups and services for almost every ethnic background - if not right in Plattsburgh then next door in Montreal.

The following is just a sampling of the available places of worship and ethnic connections.  If you are interested in other services or faiths, please contact us and we will be happy to help find connections as near as possible.


Immediately in and around Plattsburgh are a variety of churches, including one or in many cases several churches of the following denominations:

  • Assembly of God
  • Baptist
  • Catholic, Roman
  • Christian & Missionary Alliance
  • Church of Christ
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  • Congregational
  • Episcopal
  • Jehovah's Witnesses
  • Lutheran
  • Methodist
  • Nazarene
  • Pilgrim Holiness
  • Presbyterian
  • Salvation Army
  • Seventh Day Adventist
  • Unitarian-Universalist
  • United Church of Christ
  • United Pentecostal
  • Wesleyan

We would be happy to provide contact information.

Jewish Synagogues and Organizations

The Plattsburgh - Adirondack Coast region has a strong and active Jewish community, including the Temple Beth Israel.  For more information:

In addition, there is a large and diverse Jewish community in nearby Montreal. For more information:

Mosques and Islamic Organizations

Nearby Montreal hosts a large Islamic community with a number of organizations and mosques.  For more information:

Orthodox Churches

Nearby Montreal features a large and diverse Orthodox community, with a variety of Orthodox churches.  A sampling of the available churches can be found at the following:

Hindu Faith

There is a large Hindu community in nearby Montreal with Hindu temples and organizations.  For more information:

Sikh Faith

There is a large Sikh community in nearby Montreal, including a Sikh gurdwara and Sikh Community Center.  For more information:

Gurdwara Sahib Quebec
2183 Wellington
Montreal, Quebec H3K 1X1
Telephone:  (514) 624-5696

Sikh Community Center of Montreal
P.O. Box 104
Pierrefonds, Quebec H9H 4K8
Telephone:  (514) 624-5696

Sikh Temple Association
1091 St. Joseph Boulevard
Lachine,  Quebec H8N 2G1
Telephone:  (514) 634-3301

Baha’i Faith 

For more information on the Baha'i community in nearby Montreal:


There are many options for the practicing Buddhist:

Chinese & Asian Community

Nearby Montreal has a large and vibrant Chinese community, including many specialty stores and services in Montreal's Chinatown. This includes Chinese Pentecostal and Catholic Churches, Buddhist Temples, a Chinese school, and the availability of specialists in various fields. Because of its French culture, Montreal also has a large Vietnamese and Cambodian community. For more information:

Native Americans

The Plattsburgh - Adirondack Coast region is the home of a large community of Native Americans, including the Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne and the nearby Kahnawake Mohawk Nation. For more information:

Other Ethnic/diverse Organizations

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