Hi, this is brother Yeghian, and although I am originally from the woods of California, I have also been to Long Island. I am one of those Christians who walks his life with Jesus using the Gospels as my first stepping stone. This whole thing that we need a big Kahuna Christian as a center core to our fellowship is essentially Byzantine smoke and mirrors. I am not much for tatoos, but if I had one, I would put Matthew 18:20 somewhere, "οὗ γάρ εἰσιν δύο ἢ τρεῖς συνηγμένοι εἰς τὸ ἐμὸν ὄνομα, ἐκεῖ εἰμι ἐν μέσῳ αὐτῶν."
Now, that "οὗ γάρ εἰσιν ...," or oo gar eisin ..., " really does mean "Where there are ... " If you wished to, you could also translate that as "wherever."
Yet I get this sense among my American Christian brothers and sisters that they feel as if someone (earthly) has to wave a magic stick over their heads. What I hear the most is "Oh, I haven't been to this school, or that school, or every time I walk on water I only get as far as a first SCUBA lesson."
Being a Christian in are own faith has never been about our schools, but it has always been about our faith and I walk.
Maybe you are an electrician, or police officer, or a doctor, or out there on Long Island, maybe a boat dealer? One person is a start, and two is a church, and if there is a real brother or sister within 20 miles, they will want to meet with you and hear about your walk with Jesus, and even, how you do it! Yes, I have been to all the big mukky muk schools, but I want to learn how to be a Christian electrician, or a Christian boat dealer, or even a Christian lawyer. Yes, a lot of lawyers live out there, and I would bet one of them is a Christian.
The moment you thought about starting a fellowship you started one!
Brother Yeghian, Alaska