Bruce Mannon was born in Somerville, NJ. He was the youngest of 6 children, and raised in Flemington, NJ. by a loving and caring mom. His father passed when Bruce was just 8 years old. Graduating college with a BA. In fine arts in 1973, he found work in the arts hard to come by, and therefore devoted himself instead to the sales & service industry. As he built his sales career and business, Bruce realized the value and importance of delivering impeccable service. Through evangelism explosion, Bruce realized his need for a savior, having lived his life to that point, thinking he was “good enough (Eph. 2:8-9). Married to his wife, Hollie in 1977, together they raised 3 beautiful children, and are the proud grandparents of 5. Having been a member of Bethel Memorial Baptist Church since 2009, Bruce joyfully serves on Bethel’s music ministry, whether it be a mixed chorus, men’s chorus (Victory Voices), or Bethel’s praise team.
Hollie was born in Somerville, New Jersey. She is the oldest of three girls. She graduated from high school and after a short time in Nursing school went on the become a dental assistant. She met her husband Bruce and they were married in 1977. They both came to the Lord in March of 1987. They have three grown and married children and 5 grandchildren. Hollie has been serving as a Sunday school teacher for many years!
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.
Helen was born to missionary parents in southern Colombia, South America. She realized her need for 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.