Our Mission

here at the Atonement Lutheran Church is to touch and enrich people’s lives through

Growth in Faith

by offering diverse worship opportunities, small group experiences (such as Bible study, prayer, and retreats) and other traditional activities such as Christian Education and by fostering Stewardship.


by bringing people together and offering opportunities for positive and diverse social interactions in a variety of settings.

The Arts

by exposing people to enriching experiences not usually available or affordable; so they feel better for having seen, heard, or participated in an experience that provides education, inspiration, and provides a connection to the wider community.

Social Services

by assisting people with life concerns so they are encouraged and enabled to live independently by providing education, fellowship and counseling and supportive services.

Our Programs

Atonement Child Care Center

Serving the Community

Call now to enroll, 315-492-7407

Our goal is to provide a safe, warm, nurturing environment where every child has the opportunity to grow to their full potential – physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. We are fully licensed and registered by the New York State Department of Social Services. We accept children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age into our program.



The Appleseed Community

Performing Arts & Community Nutrition

Established in 1993, is a volunteer-based, non-profit community theater program under The Atonement Ministries, our mission began to further the cause of the arts, offer quality family entertainment at reasonable prices, and grow to provide resources and education for the community.

In 2016, our mission grew to include providing community meals and an emergency food pantry too our immediate, Southside of Syracuse neighborhood, and foster a presence and opportunity to participate in the performing arts.

Atonement Housing Corporation

Building a Better Community

The Atonement Housing Corporation operates quality, low cost housing opportunities on the south side of Syracuse, including the Joslyn Court apartments and three houses on West Florence Ave., that provide housing for over 100 families.


Our Staff

Reverend Dana Smith

The Reverend Dana Smith
Senior Pastor
(315) 492-9065

Joshua Benedict

Josiah Benedict
Chief Operations Manager for Community Programs
(315) 492-9065

Fred Watts

Fred Watts
Director of Atonement Childcare Center
(315) 492-7407

Laura Light

Laura Light
Office Manager
(315) 492-9065

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