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Pastor finds true happiness serving God


Want to see and hear a truly inspiring testimony?Check out a brief video story about the Rev. Joe Martin of Fallsington UMC. You can also find it on the church’s Facebook page. ME TV reporter Dawn Stensland-Mendte visited friendly Fallsington UMC on Sunday, Feb. 5, to feature their “Pastor Joe.” The former New Jersey television engineer for 40 years, who saw most Christians as hypocrites, shares his story about first fleeing but then finding God in his late 50s and soon becoming a pastor–something he describes as “pretty amazing.”

He and his wife Penny both candidly testify to the dramatic turnaround in his life and character, which Joe attributes to God grace. “Just give God a chance,” he says. “With all the stuff I had before God, I thought I was the happiest guy in the world, until I found God. And now, serving God, I’m happier now than I’ve ever been in my entire life.”


The Rev. Quentin Wallace has enjoyed a warm welcome in his first year at Covenant United Methodist Church

Rev. Quentin Wallace

The Rev. Quentin Wallace, just 13 months ago, became the first African-American pastor of Lancaster Covenant UMC, home to a mostly older, mostly white congregation. Read Lancaster Online writer Earle Cornelius’ uplifting August 12 article on how this pastor and his active congregation got to know and like each other, including his impassioned preaching style. See how they’re facing challenges that are all too familiar to struggling churches today.  Learn more…

Scottsville UMC celebrates 150th anniversary

Scottsville UMC celebrates 150th anniversary

Scottsville UMC in Langhorne celebrated its 150th anniversary in May, a much-anticipated milestone featured in local newspapers like the Bucks County Courier Times but also in the Washington Times. Reporter Peg Quann writes about church historian Alma Willits, 94, a member of Scottsville since 1949, who fondly describes her church as “a wonderful place… There are people who care.”

ScottsvilleUMCAnnivCrowdThe Rev. Don Keller, pastor, grew up and was married at Scottsville UMC, as was his parents and his sister. His daughter will be married there in December. He welcomed eight former pastors to the May 22 celebration where a full house of members and guests enjoyed worship and a fellowship luncheon served by volunteers from nearby Langhorne UMC.

Many former members also returned for the special day to share cherished memories, pose for photos, and view artifacts and souvenirs. A 210-page anniversary booklet, published in three sectional colors, recounts many personal and programmatic aspects of the church’s venerable history, with the church’s slogan adorning its cover: “Shaping Hearts, Changing Lives.”  Learn more…

Main Photo: The Rev. Don Keller welcomed eight former pastors back to Scottsville UMC, Langhorne, for its 150th anniversary May 22, 2016. (Rick Kintzel/The Intelligencer via AP)