Meet the Staff
In 1975, Al became a youth pastor at Skokie Valley Baptist Church in Wilmette, Illinois. In 1978, he became Senior Pastor of Grace Church in Erie, PA, where he spent 32 years in that post followed by three years on Staff there as an associate.
In 2013, Al went into interim pastoral ministry serving Old North Church in Canfield, OH, First Baptist Church in New Castle, PA, and Christ Community Church in Fredonia, NY. It is his pleasure to currently be serving Bethel Baptist Church. His three greatest pastoral joys are being experienced here – preaching the Word, leading the church, and helping people grow in their faith in Christ.
Marie and Al were married 51 years in August. They reside in Erie, PA. They have four children and eight grand-children. He’s a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and Marie host annual trips to the Holy Land.
One of his hobbies is collecting and reading old books. The earliest book in his collection is a Bible printed in 1599. He also enjoys taking his 1969 Camaro to car shows.
Arlene serves in a variety of ways at Bethel--as office manager, administrative assistant, graphic designer, publicist, media tech, and all-around "go-fer!" No matter which hat she is wearing at any given moment, though,
she loves working at Bethel.
Arlene and John met at Clarks Summit University and have been married 38 years. Besides serving at Bethel, they enjoy riding John's motorcycle, visiting tower sites (John is a broadcast radio engineer), and spending time with family. They have four children and four grandchildren.
Ask me about...
My latest writing project.
Three must-haves on a desert island...
Tools (especially a knife and matches),
unlimited internet access on a solar-charged laptop,
and an unending supply of chocolate.
Favorite Bible Character...
The Shunamite woman, because she was a caring yet strong woman who experienced life-changing miracles from God. Read about her in 2 Kings 4:8-37.