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Chuck Reed arrived at FBCAtwon in February of 2011 as the Senior Pastor. Chuck is spending his time preparing for Sunday mornings, learning about FBCAtown, and engaging people in the community of the church and Allentown. Chuck was born in Binghamton, New York, but moved to Tampa FL at the age of seven. His desire is to see FBCAtown make an impact for Christ in the Lehigh Valley and around the world. He is committed to the idea that there are "No Perfect People Allowed" at FBCAtown, because there are none! Chuck is a Love. Go. Serve. pastor and emphasizes the Great Commission(Matthew 28:19-20), Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40), and the Great Commitment (Ephesians 4:11-17) as the scriptural motivations for every aspect of ministry.
Chuck has diverse experience in ministry. He has filled roles in ministry as a music minister, youth pastor, and senior pastor. Chuck earned a B.S. in Business at Bryan College then after a few years of recruiting for his alma mater he attended Dallas Theological Seminary and earned a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. God called him to serve in Nashville for thirteen years as youth pastor and then as senior pastor. During that season of ministry Chuck earned an M.Div in Pastoral Ministry at Trinity Seminary and began working on a PhD. in Administration.
Chuck and Amy met at Bryan College and have been married for 17 years and have three children: Robbie (15), Rebecca (13), and Will (8). Amy is currently spending her time getting to know the ladies of the church and getting involved seeking opportunities to serve in various ministries in the Lehigh Valley.
As Associate Pastor of Family Ministries, David Zimmerman is responsible for coordinating discipleship ministries from birth through college. Though he is relatively new to First Baptist Church (July 2006), he is not new to the Lehigh Valley. In fact, he grew up only about twenty minutes away from the church. He is passionate about the importance of discipleship in the church as he recognizes the impact godly leaders have had in his own life. His desire is to provide the same kind of modeling, care and teaching that he received as a child and young person. This passion also drives him to challenge others to build into the lives of the children and young people around them.
Pastor Dave brings a variety of experience to First Baptist, having served as a secondary school Bible and Social Studies teacher in the Lehigh Valley and later for six years as a missionary with BCM International in Glasgow, Scotland.He holds a B.S. in Bible and a B.S. in Secondary Education from Philadelphia Biblical University. David has also earned an M.A in Christian Thought from Biblical Theological Seminary.
David met his wife, Esther, while studying at Philadelphia College of Bible and they married in 1992. Esther is currently International Director of Children's Ministry for BCM International (www.bcmintl.org). Esther graduated from PBU with B.S. degrees in Bible and Secondary Education (English). She has since earned an M.Ed. in Training Design and Development from Penn State University.
David and Esther enjoy the three children with whom God has entrusted them: Rebekah, Daniel, and Abigail.
David Guenin was born in Decatur, Indiana and his family moved to Elko, Nevada when he was just 6 months old. David lived in the same house until he went off to college in California. David received his B.A. in Bible and Theology from Shasta Bible College and Graduate School. After graduation, David lived in California working as a Children's Ministry Intern for a local Baptist church.
Later, David went to Missouri to attend Children's Ministry Institute where he met his lovely wife, Naomi. He moved to Pennsylvania in the summer of 2004 after getting engaged and then married Naomi in July 2005. Naomi is a CEF State Fieldworker (Teacher Trainer and Children's Worker). David is currently seeking his Master's Degree in Christian Family Life Education from Shasta.
David and Naomi have two children, Gabriel and Julia.
Both David and Naomi's desire is to see children reached for God and then to help them deepen their relationship with Him.
C.J. Callery was born right here in Allentown, PA, and has spent his entire life at FBCAtown. C.J. received his B.S. in Biblical Studies at Philadelphia Biblical University in December of 2010. C.J. did an internship and worked part time with the youth ministry at FBCAtown in 2010. After a great year C.J. was called as the youth ministry associate in November of 2010.
C.J. is married to Joy Melhorn. In 2012, Joy received her B.A. in Church Music and a B.S. in Bible from Philadelphia Biblical University.
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