Making God's Love Real, One Person At A Time

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We Are Family

 

We Believe that through christ, we have become the children of god and that makes us family, and because of that We want people to feel welcomed at bridge to life church.  In fact, one of the most common statements we hear about our church from people checking it out is that it feels very warm and welcoming - "like home" - and so, if you're looking for a place to learn more about God without the "stuffyness" or maybe even a "family" (sure its a little dysfunctional at times, lol, but still family) then come and join us anytime, and check it out, we will try our best to make you feel right at home!  :)

 
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Chris & Becky Valente - Senior Pastor   Pastor Chris and Becky Valente have been leading the church since 2010 when God called Pastor Chris & Becky to succeed the Founding Pastor and his wife, Jim & Judy Laughrey when they moved to Florida. Before coming to BTLC, Chris was a youth pastor at Oakland UMC and Emmanuel Baptist Church. Pastor Chris is passionate about helping people find hope and healing through a relationship with Jesus Christ, because that's what happened in his life. Pastor Chris & Becky have 4 boys - Ian, Nate, Landen, and Lincoln.

Chris & Becky Valente - Senior Pastor

Pastor Chris and Becky Valente have been leading the church since 2010 when God called Pastor Chris & Becky to succeed the Founding Pastor and his wife, Jim & Judy Laughrey when they moved to Florida. Before coming to BTLC, Chris was a youth pastor at Oakland UMC and Emmanuel Baptist Church. Pastor Chris is passionate about helping people find hope and healing through a relationship with Jesus Christ, because that's what happened in his life. Pastor Chris & Becky have 4 boys - Ian, Nate, Landen, and Lincoln.

J.Lynn Helsel, Finance   J. Lynn Helsel is the Church Treasurer, who also helps with other administrative duties. She and her husband Doug Helsel, who is a member of the Elder team, have been at the church since the beginning. They are great leaders and such a blessing to the church in many ways, including leading the ministry of Cleansing Stream, which is one of our "DNA Ministries" of BTLC. You can learn more about CSM on their website at https://www.cleansingstream.org

J.Lynn Helsel, Finance

J. Lynn Helsel is the Church Treasurer, who also helps with other administrative duties. She and her husband Doug Helsel, who is a member of the Elder team, have been at the church since the beginning. They are great leaders and such a blessing to the church in many ways, including leading the ministry of Cleansing Stream, which is one of our "DNA Ministries" of BTLC. You can learn more about CSM on their website at https://www.cleansingstream.org

Gary McClelland, Worship Leader   Gary McClelland and his wife Rosie are an "instrumental" part of our music ministry (Pun intended). Gary is the 9am Worship Leader and a member of the Elder Team. The McClelland's have been at BTLC since the beginning and are such a blessing to the church. They held the first gathering of Bridge to Life Church at their home on Easter morning over 10 years ago with Pastor Jim Laughrey as the founding pastor. The McClelland's also help to lead the Life Groups Ministry at BTLC, which is our small group ministry.

Gary McClelland, Worship Leader

Gary McClelland and his wife Rosie are an "instrumental" part of our music ministry (Pun intended). Gary is the 9am Worship Leader and a member of the Elder Team. The McClelland's have been at BTLC since the beginning and are such a blessing to the church. They held the first gathering of Bridge to Life Church at their home on Easter morning over 10 years ago with Pastor Jim Laughrey as the founding pastor. The McClelland's also help to lead the Life Groups Ministry at BTLC, which is our small group ministry.

 
Nicholas Grumbling & Kyrstin Jeffreys, Worship Leader & Creative Arts/Social Media   Nick is the 11am Worship Leader and the Social Media / Creative Arts director. Nick has been on staff since early 2018. He and his fiancé Kyrstin will be getting married in the summer of 2019. She is an education major at UPJ and Nick is also a pharmacy tech at CVS. We are blessed to have them as the newest edition to our growing staff.

Nicholas Grumbling & Kyrstin Jeffreys, Worship Leader & Creative Arts/Social Media

Nick is the 11am Worship Leader and the Social Media / Creative Arts director. Nick has been on staff since early 2018. He and his fiancé Kyrstin will be getting married in the summer of 2019. She is an education major at UPJ and Nick is also a pharmacy tech at CVS. We are blessed to have them as the newest edition to our growing staff.

Frank & Janille Hensel, Children & Youth Ministry   Frank & Janille Hensel are the Next Generation Leaders at BTLC. They give oversight and lead in the Children's Ministry. They are passionate about kids, which is good because they have 2 of their own, :) Gage & Andrea Hensel are great kids and the church is grateful that they share their parents with the rest of the kids in the church because The Hensel's are doing a great job at sharing God's love with the Next Generation of BTLC and the community of Johnstown.

Frank & Janille Hensel, Children & Youth Ministry

Frank & Janille Hensel are the Next Generation Leaders at BTLC. They give oversight and lead in the Children's Ministry. They are passionate about kids, which is good because they have 2 of their own, :) Gage & Andrea Hensel are great kids and the church is grateful that they share their parents with the rest of the kids in the church because The Hensel's are doing a great job at sharing God's love with the Next Generation of BTLC and the community of Johnstown.

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