Faith Bible Chapel grew out of a series of home Bible studies dating back to the mid 1970’s. Most of the charter members were long-standing friends and neighbors who felt led of the Lord to seek a deeper level of spiritual growth and personal commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in our daily walk.
FBC was officially born on May 29, 1979 when 23 people met at the home of Danton and Diana Godfrey on Lebanon Rd. in the town of Coldspring. That day, we officially adopted our FBC Constitution & Bylaws. We also signed a church Covenant pledging to support the assembly of Faith Bible Chapel with our prayers, time, and finances.
We met in members' homes for the first six months. Then began renting the Randolph Seventh Day Adventist building (on Sundays). This lasted for nearly four years. We purchased the property at 117 Jamestown St. from Robert Matson in December of 1982. Prior to this, the Chapel building had initially functioned as a bowling alley. It was converted to the old Lynn Tool & Die Shop. Afterward, Bob Matson used it as a fertilizer warehouse. After purchasing the building and doing extensive renovations, we began worshiping here in August of 1983.
The original Elders who served this local assembly were: Charles Archer,
Daniel Bohall, Thomas Bohall and Robert Grosser. The other original officers included Doug and Sally Bliss (Co-treasurers); Naomi Newton (Clerk); and Cathy Newton Vogan (Sunday School Superintendent).
Since our inception eight different men have served as vocational pastor/elder:
1) C. Allen Myers - Allen was a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his
wife Jan served from June 10, 1979 until the fall of 1980. They then returned to
Pastor Myer’s home church in North Carolina to shepherd the flock there.
2) Ray Huber - Ray was from Lancaster, Pa. and a graduate of Moody Bible
Institute. He and his wife Peggy ministered here for nearly 9 years. They took a 1
year sabbatical to work as missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Quito,
Ecuador. He recently retired as the Executive Director Of Millersville International House in Lancaster, Pa. FBC was a long-time supporter of the Huber’s global outreach ministry.
3) Joel Spencer - Joel and his wife Linda were originally from Russell, PA. He served here as an interim pastor between 1986-1987, while the Hubers were in Ecuador.
4) Ed Quinn - Ed served as pastor of FBC for 1 year, from 1989-1990. Ed was a
naturalized U.S. citizen, born in England.
5) Robert Flack - Bob and his wife Lynn served for nearly 4 years at FBC, beginning in February of 1991. Bob was a graduate of Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, IN.
(6) Allan Jones - Allan faithfully ministered to this body of believers for over 16 years.
Allan was a graduate of the Evangelical Institute of Greenville, S. Carolina. He and his wife Linda were from Russell, PA.
7) Ricky Beck - Ricky joined the FBC leadership as pastor in March of 2012. Ricky and his wife Laurie are both natives of Florida. Ricky is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological College in Wakeforest, NC and the Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, CA. He and Laurie have 3 daughters and are currently serving at Harvest Chapel in Buffalo, NY.
8) Dave Golden - Dave has served as our pastor since May of 2015 to present. He is a native of Danbury, Connecticut and is a close friend of former pastor Ricky Beck. He is also a graduate of The Master's Seminary in Sun Valley, CA. Dave and his wife, Julie, have five wonderful children.