Pastor Dennis McBride
My Salvation Testimony
I love the Lord and am deeply grateful for His love and grace in my life. Although my spiritual upbringing was inconsistent and somewhat shallow, the Lord never left me without Christian influence.
My paternal grandparents were Assembly of God missionaries to South America, but Grandpa eventually denied the faith and spent the remainder of his life criticizing Christianity. But Grandma remained faithful and outspoken about her love for the Lord. When I was just a child she taught me how to pray, confess my sins, and trust in Christ.
Due to that early training, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t believe in Jesus, but my commitment to holy living was erratic until I was almost 30 years old. I knew what it meant to repent and trust Christ for forgiveness, but I knew very little of spiritual growth, victory, and assurance.
Bro Stan Broder
I was born and raised in a Jewish home where the name Jesus Christ was never mentioned. It wasn’t until 1975 at a gathering of the Motown Records staff (where I worked as studio manager at the time), that a fellow employee very bluntly informed me that “I was going to hell if I didn’t receive Christ as my Savior”; now that’s the direct approach to evangelism. My response was understandable. “You believe what you want to believe and I’ll believe what I want to believe. Just because I wasn’t raised the way you were doesn’t give you the right to tell me that I am going to hell.”
That was the beginning of a long soul-searching experience that took me across the United States in six weeks, through the UK and Europe in three and a half months, and then on to Israel for an additional four and a half months. I was a Jew. I was one of God’s chosen people. Sadly, however, I had no idea at the time what I was chosen for.
Bro Jim King
My name is James Arnold King, and I am a husband, father, teacher, Church Treasurer, and Chairman of Bethany Bible Church’s Elder/Deacon Board. I praise the Lord for my wonderful wife Renee and our adult son Jimmy and his family, who are my life’s greatest treasures.
Over the years I have had the privilege of serving with the Methodist Church and the Alliance Mission Church in Ohio, and teaching for ten years at Tallmadge Christian Academy in Ohio.
Bro Eric Stephan
For most of my life I’ve been involved in various church ministries and activities. But it wasn’t until 1990, after a Pastor and his family moved in next door and befriended my wife and me, that I responded to the gospel, received Christ, and learned to appreciate the whole truth of God’s Word.
My family and I started attending Bethany Bible Church in 1993. Subsequently, my late wife developed cancer and went to be with the Lord in 2002. That was a difficult time and without faith in Christ I don’t know how I would have gotten through it.
Since joining the church, I’ve been active in its music ministry, sharing the musical abilities the Lord has blessed me with, including leading the music during the services. Usually I play the guitar and sing, but I also enjoy picking the mandolin whenever I have the opportunity.