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Jeff Barrows

Jeff Barrows

Trustee Chairman

Jeff is thankful to serve the Lord and His Church in whatever way He leads. His family is from the Finger Lakes area of upstate NY, where he was born.  He grew up in central New Jersey then moved to Frenchtown where he graduated from Delaware Valley Regional High School. He enjoys music (performance and technical support), gardening and family. Jeff enjoys being a member of Grace Notes Gospel Big Band. Jeff is a seasoned 35+ year veteran of the Outdoor Power Equipment industry. As a territory manager, his passion is helping small businesses grow. Jeff grew up knowing about Jesus and attended Church frequently. He also had Godly influence from his Grandparents. Ultimately, he was a worldly churchgoer. The Lord opened his eyes and was saved in the early 80’s through the radio ministry of Family Radio after years of worldly heartache. Jeff was first discipled, and got a great start in his Christian walk, at First Baptist Church in Fairfield Ct. He came to attend Bethel in 1990 after moving home from a failed family business attempt and to support his mom (and dad) who had a brain tumor. A couple of years later he married his wife Karen, and raised 4 children, Jaclyn, John, Jacob & Jared, who were active in our children’s ministries.

 

Jeff has been serving on the Trustee Board since the late 1990’s, most recently as Trustee Chairman. As Trustee’s, we help keep the operation of the Lord’s Church, ensuring the safety, attractiveness, well being and comfort of our facilities. We also ensure that our ministries have the necessary elements to function. Trustees are also responsible for the financial accounting, financial reputation and financial well-being.

 

Ministry is his passion.  In his early years at Bethel, he served on the Youth Group, then as leader.  He also serves the AV staff helping support our worship services and tape ministry. He also taught Children’s Church, participated in music activities like choir, adult Sunday School and helped with Awana. Currently, in addition to his Trustee duties, he enjoys assisting Teen Sunday School, our coffeehouse board, singing in Victory Voices and technical support. (A/V, Technology, IT, Social, etc.)

Roger Christian

Roger Christian

Trustee

Born to humble beginnings in East Stroudsburg, PA. Roger attended and graduated from East Stroudsburg High School where he also wrestled.  He went on to attend Bloomsburg University.  He then attended and graduated from PInebrook Jr. College.  Then attended and graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.

 

In 1980 Roger married his wife Holly.  They subsequently produced two daughters Nova Beth and Ginger Leigh.  During this transition in his life, Roger has worked at various jobs, the most prominent being Hunterdon Developmental Center in New Jersey.  He is currently retired.

 

Roger’s interests are mostly in the realm of science and collecting various objects of interest.  He enjoys bird watching and gardening and any subject relating to edible wild plants.

 

A member of the Board of Trustees at Bethel for many years, Roger currently holds the position of Secretary.  During his many years at Bethel, Roger has been a member of several mission trips.  These include maintenance and building projects at Eluethra Island in the Bahamas, Mississippi after Katrina, JAARS in North Carolina, Ramabai Mukti Mission in India, and participated in an English camp at North Valley Bible Camp in Brazil.

 

Roger enjoys the fellowship here at Bethel and has learned many spiritual truths under the guidance of the spiritual leaders, the foremost being how to humbly serve the Lord in all things.

Oscar Duarte

Oscar Duarte

Trustee

Oscar was born and raised in Honduras. When he finished High School, he had the opportunity to go to Brazil for 2 years as an international student. Then a few years later, Oscar came to the U.S. and has been here for more than 30 years now.

 

His favorite hobby is soccer, or as he calls it, “The real football”.

 

Oscar has been a landscaper for life, and currently works for a contracting company doing surveys, using the experience acquired in the industry throughout the years.

 

He came to Bethel Memorial because Ada, his wife then, brought him to the church. He grew to enjoy it, and is still here. He has a son, a daughter, a stepdaughter, and 2 grandkids.

 

At Bethel Memorial, he serves on the Trustee board, a member of the Praise Team, and has had the privilege of being part of a few mission trips to Brazil.

 

It is definitely an honor to serve Our Lord with a loving congregation.
Rod Harrison

Rod Harrison

Trustee

Born in Warren Hospital, Rod was raised on a dairy farm in Bangor Pa. It was while living there that Rod accepted Jesus as his savior at the ripe ole age of 6. While living on a farm was busy he also enjoyed several different shooting sports, and training horses and even a few wild mustangs.

 

Besides farming Rod spent 2 years as a logger in Washington State where he also attended Northwest Bible College. Upon returning to the east coast Rod had a successful career as a professional Truck Driver and recently retired from Penndot.

 

Rod is the father of 4 children and 3 step children and has 13 grandchildren. Rod married his wife Susan in 1994.

 

Rod and Susan’s first contact with Bethel was a bus trip to Sight and sound which led to an invitation to attend “ Salt Shakers” a monthly gathering in members homes which eventually led to Rod and Susan to join the church.

 

After being elected to the Trustee Board this year Rod’s  main areas of responsibility are, but not limited to, “Church Safety and Security and Church usage.”

Edward Lear

Edward Lear

Trustee

Ed grew up in Palmer Township.  He began attending Sunday School at Bethel Memorial Baptist Church as a toddler with several neighborhood friends and came to know the Lord as a teenager.

 

He graduated from Easton High School where he met Carol, his wife of 36 years, during his senior year.  Throughout high school, Ed participated in track and cross country.  During high school, he worked for several local cabinet shops and framing contractors.  In 1982, Ed began his own remodeling business which he currently continues to operate.  Ed and Carol been blessed with two wonderful children, Brent and Tricia, and two beautiful granddaughters.

 

Ed loves all sports but is particularly a big New York Yankee and Dallas Cowboy fan.  He loves attending the Yankees Spring Training each year in Florida.

 

Several years back, he and his family participated in a youth group mission trip to Montana of which he has many great memories.

 

Ed has served on the Board of Trustees at Bethel over 30 years and is thankful for the opportunity to be able to utilize his ability and talent by being a faithful servant in maintaining the Lord’s house.

 

 

Tom Malcolm

Tom Malcolm

Trustee

Hector (Tommy) grew up and lived in Kingston, Jamacia, West Indies, and later moved to the United Sates.  In his youth, he played soccer, cricket, and was also involved in track & field.  He worked as a machine assembler for 25 years at Bell & Howell, then Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission for 16 years in the Maintenance Department.  His wife, Elaine, needed a ride to church, which a friend, Elaine Dinan usually provided but wasn’t able to go on Sunday, and Elaine asked Tommy to take her, and he stayed for the service.  He liked what he heard from the pulpit and after 6 or 7 months attending with Elaine he then became friends with EB Blake at church.  EB talked, often about the Lord, and one day she grabbed him by the arm and asked him, “if you were to die today, what do you think would happen to you?”  She then told him that Jesus died for him and shared God’s plan of salvation.  He thought being good was enough.  At the end of the service Pastor Bergstrom gave an altar call and Tommy was led of the Lord to go forward with his friend walking alongside and surrendered his life to the Lord.

 

Tommy is married to Elaine and has one daughter Cleopatra.  He has been on the Trustee board for 15 plus years serving as one of the members responsible for Buildings.

Ken Sun

Ken Sun

Trustee

Ken was raised in a Christian family and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at a young age.  He received his education in New York.  After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Columbia College, he took time off and worked in research before deciding to go on to medical school.  He attended State University of New York School of Medicine at Buffalo where he received his medical degree.  He returned to NYC for residency training in Surgery and Anesthesia, and then completed a fellowship in Pain Management.

 

He and his wife Jean formally relocated to Pennsylvania in 1995 and now proudly call the Lehigh Valley their home.  Ken and Jean joined Bethel Memorial Baptist Church (BMBC) in 1997.  He is presently retired from his medical practice. The Lord has provided different opportunities to serve God and help enrich the lives of others.

 

He has seen and experienced God’s guidance in his life. He is looking forward to further opportunities to minister to others through participation in Bethel’s ministries and utilize his other talents and hobbies to facilitate continued programs at Bethel and in the community.

 

He is currently on Bethel’s Board of Trustees with main areas of responsibility in Technology and Insurance. He is active in AWANA, A/V support for Bethel’s ongoing online ministries, and Safety and Security.  He is also a member of Gideons International Northampton Camp.  Ken and Jean are always willing to help people who are in need.