American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

Christian Sympathy - David Earnest


Pastor David Earnest, of Marianna, peacefully transitioned to his new home in Glory Saturday night, January 6, 2024 at the age of 54. He was home with his wife of 25 years, Amy and sons, Elijah David and Josiah David. David loved being outdoors, farming, and spending time with his family. He said he always felt closest to the Lord when he spent time walking through the woods. He also was an avid reader of theology & local history.

David, son of Don & the late Anna Lee Earnest, served the Lord all throughout his life. He first served as a history teacher at South Hills Christian School, as executive director of Camp Carmel, and served as a youth minister before answering the call to become a Pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church. He also ministered at Kingwood Baptist Church & Mount Vernon Baptist Church before returning to Bethlehem Baptist. Pastor David loved his church family and was a humble servant bringing God’s truth to his congregations.

In addition to his immediate family, David was blessed with his sister Dee Ann (Travis) Ammann, brother Daniel (Heather) Earnest, father & mother-in-law Randy & Betty Anderson, sisters-in-law Angie Iams & Anita (Paul) Vitolo, and several nieces & nephews - Grayson & Landon Carothers, Kayleigh & Abigail Earnest, Ethan & Emily Iams. In the midst of this, David now joins his infant son, Isaiah David in their heavenly home.

Family & friends are invited to honor David’s Life with a Celebration Service, Saturday January 13th, 2:00 - 3:30 pm at Bethlehem Baptist Church of Ruff Creek, followed by a light reception.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests supporting the ministries Pastor David personally loved and supported. To do this, please send donations to Bethlehem Baptist Church, 685 Washington Road, Prosperity Pa, 15329. Please designate which ministry you would like to support in David’s Memory: Bethlehem Baptist Church, Washington City Mission, Camp Carmel or the Crisis Pregnancy Center.