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FBC Bethlehem Says Farewell To David Klock



Photobucket Album Of This Event 

On June 29th the First Baptist Church of Bethlehem held a farewell celebration for their Associate Pastor, David Klock.  Rev. Dr. Dale Miller (Senior Pastor) along with the congregation celebrated Pastor Dave's leadership as he served for almost 10 years at the church.  During the service, leaders from the congregation along with ABCOPAD Executive Pastor, Rev. Dr. Frank Frischkorn and ABCOPAD Regional Pastor for Student Ministries Rev. Eric Kraihanzel expressed their gratitude for Pastor Dave's ministry.  Pastor Dave's wife Danae sang Oceans during the worship service and Pastor Dave preached his final sermon entitled, "Living A Questionable Life."  The sermon challenged everyone to live a life causing people to ask questions about the hope and faith they witness in you.  

Following the service, a luncheon was held and gifts of appreciation were presented to Pastor Dave, Danae and their daughter Aubrey.  

Pastor Dave has been called to do a New Church Plant in the Harrisburg Area.  To learn more about this new church plant email questions to 


by Mark Mahserjian-Smith Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 7/11/2014

2014 AB Women's Conference



The AB Women of ABCOPAD and the Philadelphia Baptist Association gathered together at Shippensburg University for their annual conference.  Over 200 ladies attended the event that included great speakers, praise and worship, workshops, singing and dance performances and more.  Pictures taken during the event are available on our Photobucket Web Page.

 Photobucket ABWM Conference Album

by Mark Mahserjian-Smith Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 7/11/2014

Springfield Baptist Youth Support the Under Privileged in Kansas City


16 youth and leaders from Springfield Baptist departed June 28th on summer mission to Kansas City, KS. The Mission Team went to minister to the needy and underprivileged in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Over the past year the youth of Springfield Baptist Church raised well over $7,000 to pay for their 8-day ministry trip. Each teen was responsible to raise their own financial support through fund-raising events, gifts, and hard work. Teens worked to help one another raise all the monies required to participate in this YOUTH WORKS© summer mission event for service and witness. The group applied and received a grant from the American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware which covered about a third of their expense.

While in Kansas City, the team learned about the challenges facing immigrants coming to the USA. They worked closely with state and local representatives within the Hispanic community. The students visited a local consulate where they were educated on the difficulties and requirements that immigrants face each year. While working with local community leaders, the team had numerous opportunities to serve meals in homeless shelters, design and run a kids club-day-camp, do minor home repairs and personally minister to those needing help in today’s difficult economy.

Youth Pastor, Rev. Robert Desalt, began groundwork for this trip in October 2013. The Youth had significant choice and design for the week-long mission and helped to create their own personal missions experience. Commuting to KC took the group two days to drive the 1800+ miles. They stayed overnight at a sister ABC church in Indianapolis along the way. In KC, the SBC students joined with other youth groups from all over the country for a week of ministry to others. At the end of their Mission, the team traveled to Chicago for a day of celebration and relaxation along Lake Michigan’s Shore Line Drive. The team returned late on Sunday, July 6th. They know the effort will be remembered with stories of personal growth and memories of strangers now become friends.

The goal is for students to gain appreciation for others who live radically different from their own cultural norms. Participating teens move from being passive observers to direct participants in the life of disadvantaged communities. Several of the Springfield Baptist youth will use this important personal experience and training to fulfill graduation requirements for their high school’s Senior Class Project.

Springfield Baptist Church has annually sponsored, supported and created these mission opportunities for students for more than 17 years. Springfield Baptist Church works to build young leaders with deep faith, strong Biblical convictions and humble servants hearts. The key is discipling and mentoring students through the year culminating in a strong Mission trip. The church intentionally desires to challenge today’s teenagers to mature through significant spiritually-motivated mission experiences. Each fall, a youth mission is conceived and planned by Youth Pastor, Rev. Davalt, and approved by Senior Pastor Wylie Johnson and the SBC church leadership boards. Rev. Davalt then recruits adult volunteer-leaders willing to devote a week or more of their summer to mentor students. Students prepare themselves through study, prayer, and yearly service projects leading up to each Mission. The event is supported by the entire congregation by encouragement, finances and in corporate prayer.

For more information contact Youth Pastor, Rev. Robert “P. Bob” Davalt at, 610.543.8879, or on FACEBOOK© at SBC Youth Connections.

by Mark Mahserjian-Smith Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 7/11/2014