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Sam Bodder

Sam Bodder


Sam Bodder was born and raised in Freemansburg, PA.  Sam graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY. Upon graduation, he received a commission as Ensign United States Naval Reserve and was licensed by the United States Coast Guard as an Engineering Officer.  Sam sailed for five years to the Far East on the United States Line Ships.   Upon leaving the Sea, he was employed by Ingersoll Rand Company in Phillipsburg, NJ for 35 years as Superintendent of the Powerhouse and the Plant’s Environmental Coordinator.  Sam was married to Jeanne, his first wife for 47 years.  She died in January 2004 after being in a nursing home because of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Sam met his current wife, Ann, at St. Mark’s UCC Church in Easton.  They married in 2005.  In 2007, they began to attend Bethel Memorial Baptist Church and in 2008 they became members of Bethel.  Ann passed away June 2021.

Along with his wife, Sam has been a coordinator of the JOY Club since 2013.  Together they both also helped with AWANA Club. Sam served as a Deacon for one term (prior to Elder designation) and now Sam serves as Deacon.

Helen Tielmann

Helen Tielmann


Helen was born to missionary parents in southern Colombia, South America.  She realized her need of a Savior while very young and made a decision to follow and serve Him all of her life.


Helen was homeschooled, then came to the US for high school, graduated from the Latin American Institute, NYC and a three-year evening Bible School program.


She married her husband, James Tielmann in 1958 and both went to serve in Colombia as missionaries under Christian Missions in Many Lands for 20 years.  They were directors and teachers in their mission school, served in the local church, organized camps, traveled into the mountain and jungle areas to visit small congregations and to evangelize until 1974.  


Helen has three children:  Margaret Chornay (lives in Maryland), Philip Tielmann, member and active at Bethel Memorial Baptist Church, and Miriam who lives in Queens, NY.  She has 10 grandchildren.


She served with Wycliffe Bible Translators in their Base in Loma Linda, Colombia for two years in order for her children to attend their English speaking school.


Helen and James settled in Doylestown, Pa in 1976.


Because of her husband’s illness and the need to be near their son Philip and family, we moved to Tatamy, PA in 2004, and God led them to Bethel Memorial Baptist Church and has been ever since. Helen serves on the Missions Committee, Assistant Missions Treasurer, Awana and anywhere needed.  Her husband Jim went on to Glory in 2011 after a long illness.