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Pastor Darrell Edgar, at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Smithfield, is a proud pappa! 


Standing with his family, Tim Robson serves as interim pastor at East Smithfield Federated Church. 


Rev. Clarence Davis lives in the Pittsburgh area where he works as a drug and addiction counselor for a hospital system. 


Donna Dunn recently retired from 33 years of service as the Director of Music for Exton Community Baptist Church. 


Cassandra Porter Scott works in the field of communications at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Harrisburg. 

Rev Craig Thompson has been serving as pastor at the East Side Baptist Church of Sharon since 2013.

by Bud Russell Categories: Region Life ~ Date: 3/25/2017

Grilled Cheeses and Jesus


[written by Tom Parkins]

Calvary, Newark, successfully launched a new mission outreach this past Friday.  "Grilled Cheeses and Jesus".   

St. Patrick's Day is a huge party day on the University of Delware campus. This year, on a Friday, it was even bigger. Literally on the pathway to and from party time, we hoped to offer a bit of sanity and a touch of God's love. We decided to set up next to the sidewalk and offer free grilled cheese sandwiches, BBQ, hot dogs, snacks, sodas, coffee, and hot hot chocolate from 11PM - 2AM. (Bars close at 1 AM). We would also offer free prayers. As it turned out, one of our members actually had a grilled cheese sandwich maker that imprints the face of Jesus! How cool was that!

We had about 75 students and friends stop by. Only one was terribly tipsy. The students were very appreciative, and many stayed to chat and a few asked for a prayer. We did not preach or push any tracts. We did have church brochures available and made up a little "fun facts" of St. Patrick. One student, after eating a few hot dogs, said, "This is the most awesome thing that ever happened to me." His life must have been somewhat depressing, but I think that this was probably the first time that anybody had randomly done something nice for him.

A small add-on. A young couple came by "early" in the evening (like midnight is early). It turns out that they were not students, but homeless. They had been evicted from the apartment that day and were on the street that night. They were hoping to connect with friends to find a place to stay. We said a prayer, and they departed. About "closing time," after 2 AM, they returned. No luck. What would they do? To shorten the story, I invited them to stay in the church, gave them some blankets to sleep on the narthex floor. I stayed with them. The next morning, I found a few backpacks, gave them a few bucks, took them to McDonalds, and showed them where the bus stop was. They were most appreciative. When you say that prayer, "Dear God help these people," it is a dangerous prayer. God will use you to help them. I had to lead a bunch of elementary school students in science projects all day Saturday. God gave me the best student helpers ever. I cruised through the day.

A few pictures. The forecast called for mixed rain and snow, but it never did anything. The wind was very light which made it much more pleasant.



by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 3/20/2017

Eric Kraihanzel Installation Lansdale


Rev Eric Kraihanzel was surrounded by his family at the installation service at FBC Lansdale. His wife Heather was by his side along with their sons. Eric's mom was present and Eric's brother Kris prayed a beautiful installation prayer. The Kraihanzel family have been and continue to be great partners in ministry and significant disciples in Jesus' Kingdom.

A full photo album is available HERE 





by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 3/6/2017

Happenings at Bethlehem Baptist Church


Jeff Johnson spent time at Bethlehem Baptist Church outside of Waynesburg, where the pastor, David Earnest and his family, hosted a 50TH wedding anniversary party for his parents, Don and Anna Lee. There were many people there from the North Ten Mile Baptist Church as well as a good dozen plus other Baptist Churches throughout the area were represented. Anna Lee has been active in region life for many years; serving on the Camp Carmel Board, associational positions, and also an officer in our ABWomen here in ABCOPAD. Don was the chair of the search committee at North Ten Mile that called Jeff to the church back in 1987.




by Bud Russell Categories: Region Life ~ Date: 3/6/2017

Happenings at Jefferson Baptist Church


Jeff Johnson spent the morning and into the early afternoon at the Jefferson Baptist Church where John Rich-Dorean is the pastor. Jeff was there to dedicate the newly formed search committee as well as preach the morning message. Jeff emphasized that it is not about seeking for that one right person to be pastor, but rather seeking the face of God who will provide that one right pastor. Pastor John has announced that he will retire next year after 36 years of continuous ministry at this one church. After worship, throughout the Sunday  School hour and beyond, Jeff met with the search committee to lay out the process but to emphasize again the necessity of prayer; individually and congregationally. A daughter of the church, Rhetta King Byham was present in the service to present her urban missionary work in the city of Pittsburgh. Jeff played off her presentation by thanking the church for their generous mission support regionally and nationally, supporting the work he as well as the rest of our staff does as home missionaries right here in ABCOPAD and across the ABC.




by Bud Russell Categories: Region Life ~ Date: 3/6/2017

Ten Mile Men's Breakfast

A wonderful Saturday morning at the Ten Mile Association Men's Breakfast. The event was hosted by Pastor Nick Bardo at Calvary Baptist in Lippincott, PA. A wonderful lesson also on the genealogy of Jesus. What a great group! An awesome way to start the day!!





by Bud Russell Categories: Region Life ~ Date: 3/4/2017