The History of Faith Bible Chapel
Faith Bible Chapel of Cold Spring is an independent Bible Church, theologically conservative and evangelical in persuasion. The fellowship was originated by several families in 1978 who felt led of God to pursue a more serious level of Christian commitment in their lives.
An organizational meeting was held at the home of Danton and Diana Godfrey on May 29th, 1979, with twenty-five adults attending. The purpose of the meeting was the adoption of a constitution and by-laws and the selection of officers. Twenty-three persons signed a covenant agreement becoming the charter members of Faith Bible Chapel of Cold Spring. Most of those members were friends and neighbors who resided in or near Steamburg, N.Y.
The original officers included: Charles Archer, Robert Grosser, Thomas Bohall and Daniel Bohall as Elders. Naomi Newton as Clerk; Cathy Newton as Sunday School Superintendent; and Doug and Sally Bliss as Treasurer and assistant Treasurer.
- (Claude) Allen Myers was called as the first pastor-teacher of Faith Bible Chapel on June 10th, 1979. Pastor Myers was a native of North Carolina and a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. Pastor Myers and his wife Janice served until the fall of 1980 when he accepted the position of pastor-teacher in his home church, “Apples Chapel” in McLeansville, North Carolina. The Myers have two children, Daniel and Emily.
Worship services and other functions were held in the homes of the members for the first six months. In September of 1979 arrangements were made to rent the Seventh Day Adventist’s facilities on South Washington St. in Randolph. This arrangement was continued for nearly four years.
Raymond M. Huber accepted the call as pastor-teacher in June of 1981. Pastor Huber was a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He and his wife Peggy are the parents of two children,
Amy and Benjamin. The Hubers ministered at Faith Bible Chapel for nearly nine years. They left to join Wycliffe Bible Translators serving in Quito, Ecuador with
the Church’s blessing and support. Until his retirement, Ray served as the Director of Immerse International, a residential facility for foreign students from around the world who are enrolled in American colleges and businesses. Immerse is located in Millersville, Pa. During the Huber’s tenure the Church purchased the property at 117 Jamestown St. from Robert Matson in December of 1982. Occupancy began in August of 1983 after extensive renovation to the interior of the former bowling alley which also functioned as both a tool and die shop and warehouse. Pastor Ray’s Dad was a building contractor so Ray’s construction related experience was an invaluable asset.
During 1986-87 while the Hubers were serving as short term missionaries in Quito, Ecuador, Joel Spencer accepted the role of pastor-teacher. Joel and his wife Linda were from Russell, Pa. and still reside there. The Spencers and their three children Katie, Emily and Sarah lived in the Huber’s home in Randolph while serving at Faith Bible Chapel.
Ed Quinn served as pastor-teacher for one year after the Hubers departure. Ed was a native of England but became a naturalized U.S. citizen having served in the American military. Pastor Quinn and his wife Liz left in 1990.
In February of 1991 we welcomed Robert Flack as pastor-teacher. Bob and his wife Lynn, along with their three children, Elizabeth, Robby and Nathan ministered at FBC for nearly four years. During this time their fourth child, Kaley was born. Bob, who is a graduate of Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana, accepted another position in December of 1994. They also had a fifth child named Jennifer.
Allan Jones was called in April of 1995 and served faithfully for over sixteen years leaving in October of 2011. Allen and his wife Linda are the parents of two children, Christopher and Elisabeth. Prior to their service in Randolph the Jones had ministered for eleven years at Faith Bible Church in Russell, Pa. Later, Allan spent a year with Church Dynamics International. Allan is a graduate of the Evangelical Institute of Greenville, South Carolina. Allan is currently pastor of Cable Hollow Church in Russell, Pa.
Ricky Beck came on board as pastor-teacher in March of 2012. Ricky and his wife Laurie are natives of Florida. Ricky is a graduate of South Eastern Bible College in North Carolina. He is also an alumni of the Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, California. The Becks have three daughters, Bailee, Annika and Julia. The
Becks were called by the Lord to a church planting venture with Harvest Ministries of Elgin, Illinois. Ricky and Laurie are invested in the founding of Harvest Chapel of Buffalo. The Becks left Faith Bible Chapel with our blessing in February of 2015.
David Golden accepted the call as an Elder in March of 2015. Dave and Julie had moved to the Randolph area initially because they were close friends of Ricky and Laurie and because of our Lord’s providential calling. Dave, who is a native of Connecticut, met Ricky while they were both attending the Master’s Seminary. Julie’s Dad is a pastor and their family has been involved in church planting for many years. The Golden’s have four daughters, Alaetheia, Hannah, Michaela and Moriah. Their latest addition is a boy named Isaiah who was born in December of 2016. Dave resigned his position as pastor-teacher in May 2020.