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Liberty Baptist Church:  Installation


It was a wonderful time of worship and celebration at Liberty Baptist Church (Centre Association) on May 17. The congregation welcomed and installed Rev. Chris Davis as its new pastor.  Pastor Chris, his wife Greta and daughter Ashlee were wonderful to get to know. Chris also had friends and family from West Virginia present. 





by Bud Russell Categories: Region Life ~ Date: 5/21/2015

Memorial Baptist Church: Installation

What a great joy to be present for Rev. Wayne Ayer's installation service at the Memorial Baptist Church of Johnstown. It was a wonderful celebration that included our own Rev. Dr. Cory Hartman (FBC Hollidaysburg) and retired pastor Rev. Dr. Chip Norton (now a member of Olive Branch Baptist Church of Bell Vernon).









by Bud Russell Categories: Region Life ~ Date: 5/21/2015

Parkerford Baptist Church: Installation


On May 17, Parkerford Baptist Church (Central Union Association) gathered for a great celebration as they welcomed Bob Davalt and installed him as their new pastor. A few notables were there --- ABCOPAD Regional Pastors: Jeffrey Johnson and Eric Kraihanzel. Welcome Pastor Bob!!!







by Bud Russell Categories: Region Life ~ Date: 5/21/2015

Restoration and Resurrection


Mark writes: This afternoon I had a chance to visit Pastor Brad and Peggy Lacey at FBC Conshohocken. It was great hearing their life story as well as to see how God has been restoring the church follow a devastating fire a number of years ago. These are such great partners in ministry and wonderful friends.

Check out these remarkable pictures...

AFTER the fire ---



During the rebuild --- 



AFTER completion ---





by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 5/13/2015

FBC Factoryville -- Pastoral Installation


Welcome to the ABCOPAD family! 

On Sunday, May 3, First Baptist Church of Factoryville held an installation service for its new pastor, Rev William Zearfaus. Also participating in the service were Rev. Earl Cassel, United Baptist Scranton and Abington Association Moderator, and FBC Factoryville member Ronald Stock. 

What a great day, as the congregation welcomed Pastor Bill's family, wife Dale and daughter Stephanie Elisa. There was a great party following the installation service at FBC Factoryville. What a celebration.\







by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 5/7/2015

Where's Jeff??



Jeff Johnson, our ABCOPAD Regional Pastor with Congregations as well as our ABCUSA National Director of Evangelism and New Church Planting, spent the end of last week and this weekend with one of our sister regions, the ABC Churches of Nebraska, at their annual convention hosted by the First Baptist Church of Kearney, Nebraska.

The gathering began with a day-long pastor training event sponsored by their Ministers' Council. The information shared was based on an article Jeff wrote for the Spring 2014 issue of Christian Citizen, discipleSHIFT: 1st century practices applicable to our 21st century reality. You can download a copy from the ABHMS website, under Publications in the archive section.

The focus of the two day convention was Acts 1:8, being a witness to the whole world. Jeff spoke at both the opening and closing plenaries, as well as at the ABMen luncheon. 

On Sunday, Jeff spoke at the host church at both their morning services which are streamed live over the internet and broadcast over local radio. There was a tremendous outpouring of the Holy Spirit during an invitation at both services. The front of the church packed praying for their own needs or the needs of others.

You can find more on the Nebraska region's facebook page HERE 




by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries ~ Date: 5/3/2015

2015 Spring Region Board Meeting



The ABCOPAD Regional Board convened in Breezewood, PA. The group heard reports and worked on various projects. This is a really dynamic group who are actively involved in ministry throughout ABCOPAD. 





And then.... there was the cake



by Bud Russell Categories: Region Life ~ Date: 5/3/2015