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2016 Riverside Association
Spring Meeting


The Riverside Association met at the New Hope Christian Church in Broomall for their yearly gathering. Pastor Marcos Almonte, Moderator of the Association, led the meeting. Following a fellowship dinner we all gathered with Pastor Jeff Evans and the church family from the congregation for an inspiring concert by Bluegrass Gospel group, The Rockdale Boys.





by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 5/23/2016

ABWM Spring Board Meeting

What a great day with the ABWM team of PA/DE. As Pastor Jeff Johnson said "everyone on the regional team is giving praise reports!" Great stuff is happening in ABWM so 'stay tuned.' Pastor Jeff gave each of us a "million dollar bill". He said it's because we are each worth a million dollars to him and the ministry in ABCOPAD. We were THRIVING today. God was good to us in many ways!






by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 5/22/2016

FBC York Dedication


The First Baptist Church of York celebrated the Dedication of Phase II of their building plan. Fifteen years ago they completed the first phase of construction on Druck Valley Road and today they dedicated the newly-built gymnasium. 


Pastor Tim Munson preached on Romans 12:1-2, and our need to be dedicated "living sacrifices" unto the LORD.


Following worship, the congregation , numbering over 140, shared a fellowship meal in their sanctuary/ multi-purpose room.


A number of wonderful friends were present for the celebration, including:


Chaplain Rick and Louise Hill who have been worshiping with the FBC, York congregation...


Former Pastor Paul Steel and his wife, Ann  (a former ABCOPAD Staff!)...


Pastor Ralph Eib and his wife, Lynn, were present [he, representing Hanover Building Systems].

Pastor Blake Edwards and his wife, Anne also shared the day and participated in the Dedication Service.

Additional photos can be viewed HERE


by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 5/22/2016

"Eat Your Bread With Joy..." are the words of Ecclesiastes 9:7. Have you ever noticed how often ABCOPAD staff are helping to support the restaurant industry? Wow! Here are just a few shots from the past 2 months.

[Seriously, we're thankful for our dedicated Regional Pastors who encourage and nurture local pastors and church leaders as they sit at tables of food and fellowship. Thanks, guys!]


...with Pastor Abreu (Spanish Emmanuel Church, Allentown) 


...with David Carr (Harrisburg Association)


...with Kadin Williams (Exton Community Baptist Church)


...with Tim Robson (East Smithfield Federated Church)


with Carl Harris (FBC, Gettysburg)


...with Brian and Lynette Smith (FBC, Cambridge Springs)


...with Caryl Casey (ABCOPAD Treasurer) and Sue MacDonald (ABCOPAD Foundation)


...with Paul Levan (Greenfield Baptist Church)


...with Mike Poindexter (Pleasant Community Church, Warren)


...with David and Colleen Ludeker 


...with Funteller Jackson (Logan's Valley Baptist Church, Bellwood)


...with Steve Brotzman (FBC, Beaver Falls)


...with Gary Gilpin (Aldenville Baptist Church)


by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 5/13/2016
by Mark Mahserjian-Smith Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 5/11/2016

Spring '16 Region Board Meeting 

The ABCOPAD Regional Board met for their yearly face-to-face meeting in Breezewood. It was a full day of hearing how God is moving in our midst.... A great time together with these partners in ministry from the associations around the region as well as our auxiliary organizations.






by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 5/7/2016

Travels With Jeff



Last week, Jeff preached twice at the annual session of the ABC churches of the South in Charlotte NC. Jeff was there for the installation of their new executive minister, Dr Harrison, representing both the Home Mission Societies and ABCOPAD.


Jeff presented Dr Harrison a set of cuff links Jeff made for him from lapel pins on which is their region logo.


At the ABCOTS annual session, Jeff crossed paths with Dr Pat Hernandez who is the national director of both women in ministry and transitional ministries. Dr Pat was there to conduct a seminar on interim ministry; a training she just did in our region last week for both present and future interim ministers.


While at ABCOTS' annual session, Jeff also crossed paths with Susan Gillies, Interim General Secretary (middle) and Kristina Moeller (Colonel - Retired), our national endorsing agent for ABC military and institutional chaplains (right).

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, General ~ Date: 5/5/2016

2016 Centre Association Meeting


Jeff Johnson, ABCOPAD Regional Pastor with Congregations, spent the day at the Mill Creek Baptist Church outside of Huntingdon, PA. Rev Ray Crownover is the pastor. He has served the church for 35 years. Besides preaching in the morning service, Jeff attended Sunday School. He also stayed into the afternoon and evening for the Centre Association. Mill Creek is also the home church of Apryl Crownover-Glunt, President of our region's ABWomen.





by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 5/1/2016