Born in Williamsport, PA, in 1962. His family attended a small Protestant church, but it was through a neighborhood Bible Club at the age of five that he was challenged to personally trust in Christ as Savior. During his Junior High years, he wanted to know for certain that Jesus was his Savior. His church did not emphasize the need for a personal response to Christ, but the Bible Club camp he attended was clear: each person must admit their sin, believe Christ died and rose again for their sin, and then pray to receive Christ as personal Savior. He sat alone in his living room that summer afternoon with his Bible and prayed, “Lord, help me to be sure right now through Your Word that I am going to heaven. If I can’t be sure, I will call the 700 club number from the TV and get some help.” He did not want to call that number, so he opened his Bible and came to Ephesians 2:8,9. He recognized once again that the gracious gift of salvation was received by faith; his works had nothing do to with it. He knew he believed it, and from that point on he would not doubt that he had received this precious gift.
Their journey to Easton (Palmer township), PA, started in Nigeria where Dayo was born into a Christian and loving family. His parents brought him up with an understanding of who God is and the importance of having a relationship with Him. This has developed into a personal and growing faith in God. Dayo and his wife moved to the US over 30 years ago and after residing in several other places and regions in the US, they moved to Western NJ in 2003. After visiting several churches in NJ and neighboring PA, they settled down in Bethel Memorial Baptist Church (BMBC) which has been their church home since then. Dayo lives in Lopatcong, NJ, with his wife and daughter.
BMBC family has been their family away from home (still sounds strange to call a place you have not lived in for more than 30 years “home”, but we all cherish our heritage and background).It has been a joy and privilege to have opportunities, not just to worship as part of BMBC family, but to serve the Lord through BMBC in various ministries, capacities and positions, including in leadership. We thank God that He has found us worthy to be work men and women in His vineyard here at Easton and to be part of a congregation supporting the wider work of spreading the gospel and developing disciplemakers around the world. May He find us faithful to our calling.
Born in Easton, Pa Jerry is the oldest of three boys. He met his wife, Kathy, on a blind date in 1974. Not long after their first meeting, she shared the Gospel and invited him to church. In early 1975 he surrendered his life to the Lord and later that year they were married. Jerry became a meatcutter and remained in that profession for 25 years. He then became a business owner and later drove school bus for 7 years until becoming the Transportation Supervisor for Wilson Area School District for three years until retirement. Jerry is currently employed as the Facilities Coordinator for Easton Arts Academy.
Jerry’s involvement at Bethel encompasses many capacities over his 30 plus years of membership, such as softball player/coach, youth leader, AWANA secretary, men’s choir, Trustee, Treasurer, and currently as Elder assigned to Outreach. He has also served on short-term missions trips in Ecuador, Brazil, and India.
Jerry and Kathy were blessed with two girls, Kyla and JeriJo, and gives all thanks and praise to HIS Lord and Savior for forgiving him of his sins and allowing him to serve.
Joe was born in Somerville New Jersey and lived most of his elementary-school years in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey. At age 12 he and his family moved to Lopatcong Township, New Jersey. Joe is a graduate of Phillipsburg High School. Joe attended Moravian College where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He later attended The Chubb Institute where he received a diploma in computer programming.
Joe is married to the former Kathleen Lambert formerly of Williams Township, a graduate of Wilson Area High School. Joe and Kathy have two children, Laura Stauffer and Jenny DeMaio. Joe, Kathy and Jenny currently live in Bethlehem Township.
Joe works as a database report developer for Dräger Medical in Telford, PA in their customer service department.
Joe enjoys playing the bass guitar and the saxophone. He enjoys vegetable gardening and cooking.
Joe, Kathy and Jenny came to Bethel in 2015 through their daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Matt Stauffer.
Joe accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at age 20. He accepted Christ through reading a Gospel tract that someone had left in the Burger King on Stefko Boulevard in Bethlehem.
Joe is currently an Elder at Bethel. He also plays bass guitar in the praise team and has served as substitute Sunday School teacher.
Scott grew up in a small farm community in central Pennsylvania. Church, family and work were a central part of his life. He came to the realization in elementary school that his relationship with God was influenced by his family, but it was a personal decision he had to make and his parent’s faith would not be enough to ensure him eternal life. He remembered making his decision publicly at a church service. Jesus Christ gave him eternal life then and since then he has never doubted the decision he made. That decision has resulted in the basis and guide for the rest of his life. He went to college later at Lehigh University and settled here in the Lehigh Valley working at Bethlehem Steel as a metallurgist. During his time in the Lehigh Valley, he attended Faith Evangelical Free Church, Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church and Bethel Memorial Baptist Church for the last 30 years. He married Jan Sullivan in 1978 and they have raised 3 children.
Their relationship with Jesus Christ has been central to their lives and continues to this day. Scott has been involved in teaching Sunday School, church leadership and Missions. He looks forward to God’s leading in his life during his remaining years.
Sean and his family became a part of the Bethel Memorial Baptist church family in late 2017. Being a member of our elder board Sean brings more than 25 years of general ministry, and more than 15 years of pastoral oversight, preaching and teaching, to the BMBC Family.
Raised on the island of Grand Bahama in the Bahamas, by a godly single mom, Sean was exposed to the gospel very early. He moved to New York City at 17 to attend college and live with his dad. For the next four years Sean pursed a career in the entertainment industry and rebelled against much of what he had learned as a child. But at 22 years old, his oldest brother died, setting Sean on a path to return to the faith he knew as a child.
Sean is the father of five children and happily married to Deborah Isaacs. In addition to Sean’s passion for the Word of God, and ministry to God’s people, he is passionate about building successful businesses, and teaching God’s people to glorify Him through industry and enterprise.
Jim was born in Betts Hospital, Easton PA and lived his first 2 years in his grandparent’s home in Bangor, PA before the family moved to Easton, PA.
Chris and Jim met in 8th grade and dated until their wedding in 1967. They had two children; Heather and Seth. Jim made a profession of faith in Jesus in October 1975.
They started attending Bethel in 1977 and became members April 23, 1978. Over the years he has worn many hats including, but not limited to, Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, serving 28 years formerly as a Deacon, and now as an Elder. He and another man started a program for boys, which has developed over the years into AWANA.
Jim also had several occupations over the years including retail salesman, general contractor, Met-Ed employee, and business owner (Financial Advisor). Having retired from Met-Ed and sold his financial business, retirement has been challenging to say the least.
After 51 years of marriage, Chris passed into the presence of the Lord and Savior.
Jim has recently remarried to Shirley, a girl he and Chris had graduated with. Shirley’s husband passed into glory with Jesus 2 months to the day after Chris. The Lord is blessing this new union beyond what either one ever expected. Praise Him!!!