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!
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.
Pastor Matthew Morris was born in Crozet, VA, in 1999. In 2013, Matthew moved to Puyallup WA with his family. Matthew gave his life to Christ in 2016 at New Hope Youth after going through bullying as well as medical issues. In November of 2016, Matthew and his family moved to Bakersfield CA where he eventually graduated from Frontier High School in 2018. Matthew was accepted into Liberty University and attended with a focus in physical therapy until he received his calling for Youth Ministry. During his first semester at Liberty, he strived after the Lord and during that time, the Lord began to change his heart to have a passion for the youth, a desire to disciple the youth, and to share the Gospel to a generation of students that have never heard the name of Jesus before. Matthew changed his degree to Youth Ministry in late 2018. Matthew worked at various camp ministries and internships during the time at Liberty University. Some of these opportunities include; SummerShine Ministries, Truett Conference Center and Camp, and even a children’s ministry intern at Second Baptist Church of Houston Texas. In December of 2021, Matthew received his Bachelor’s degree from Liberty University specializing in Youth Ministry. During his time at Liberty, he met Alethea Brown. They started dating in August of 2019 and got married on February 12th, 2022. Alethea specializes in Forensic Science which she obtained at Liberty University. On March 1st, 2022, Matthew began working at Bethel Memorial Baptist Church as the new Assistant Pastor of Youth and Christian Education. As for Hobbies, Matthew enjoys working out at the gym, eating food, and even going bowling on occasion. Matthew is even a huge movie/TV person.
Michelle was raised in Wilson Boro, PA in the house her parents still live in today. Her parents Mike and Flo Flory have attended Bethel for many years. She has one brother who lives with his family in Forth Worth, Texas. Michelle gave her life to Christ on a camping trip down south during a youth church service when she was 8 years old. Then she rededicated herself when she was 13 at a Christian camp in Harrisburg.
Bill Weaver was born at Wagner Farms in Palmer Township and spent his early years living on various farms where his father worked. Bill moved with his family to Wilson Boro after the war and later graduated from Wilson Area School District. At 16 years of age he started working at Trans-0-Gram and for the next 20 years, he held his position as custodian. He went on to work for local companies which included Baker Chemical, Laneco, and finally Met-Ed until retirement. His whole working career Bill was a professional custodian.
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.
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 the 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.
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 on 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.
Hector (Tommy) grew up and lived in Kingston, Jamacia, West Indies, and later moved to the United States. 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.
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 have been blessed with two wonderful children, Brent and Tricia, and two beautiful granddaughters.