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MINISTRIESUMMIT

PENNDEL

MAY 1-3 • 2017

I would like to invite you to this year’s PennDel MinistrieSummit at Monroeville Assembly of God,

Monroeville, PA where Lance Lecocq is the lead pastor. We are looking forward to reconnecting as

a Network to experience the community of ministers and delegates, conduct the business of our

fellowship, and be enriched by the presence of the Lord.

Our theme brings focus to our Network tagline, “Better Together,” which grew out of the recognition

of the importance of our mutual dependence and support to accomplish God’s design in the body

of Christ. As we gather for prayer, worship, exhortation, direction, fellowship and challenge, we are

expecting God to do even greater things in the future. Our unity provides the context where the Lord

will “bestow His blessing, even life forevermore” (Psalm 133:3).

2017 PENNDEL

DISTRICT COUNCIL

MinistrieSummit provides opportunity for spiritual renewal, connection and vision as we anticipate

what God has for the future of our District/Network as well as for each individual and congregation.

Monday evening will be a great time of fellowship enjoying a Louisiana style Cajun Fest prepared

by Pastor Lance’s wife, Lorie, and her amazing team (preregistration is required). Tuesday highlights

the Sacred Assembly, lunches, business session and our missions project, Europe’s Heart, with

PennDel missionaries, Jim and Sherry Sabella. Wednesday morning, I will be sharing the Word

around the theme, “Belonging,” along with our Home Missions emphasis. There will be workshops

in the afternoon and a great Ordination Celebration that evening where Omar Beiler will challenge

us with the mission given to us by our Lord and Savior.

I pray you will plan to be with us as we partner together to reach the world, the 13+ million

individuals within our geographical boundaries and our local community. None of us can do it alone,

but together we can because “We are Better Together.”

See you in Monroeville!

Stephen R. Tourville, D. Min.

CAJUN FEST

(Preregistration Required)

This Louisiana-style Connection Event will be

hosted by Pastor Lance and Lorie Lecocq and

will feature Cajun gumbo, Cajun shrimp boil,

and barbecue pulled pork sandwiches.

Monday evening kicks off at 6:00 p.m. and

finishes by 8:00 p.m.

This is a special ticketed event.

Be sure to register online by Monday,

April 24th at penndel.org.

COST: $8.00

PER PERSON

(Children 6-12 are $4; 5 and under are free)

Space is limited, so don’t delay!


GUEST SPEAKERS

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

MONDAY, MAY 1

3:00 p.m. REGISTRATION OPENS

6:00 p.m. CAJUN FEST (Preregistration is required)

CONNECTION EVENT

EUROPE’S HEART MISSIONS SERVICE

TUESDAY, MAY 2

JIM & SHERRY SABELLA

Area Director for Southeastern Europe

Jim and Sherry are PennDel missionaries who serve

Assemblies of God World Missions in the countries of

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary,

Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

The Sabellas launched and continue to direct Europe’s

Heart, a ministry with a focus on those who live on the

margins of society. For the last six years, Europe’s Heart has

been reaching out to and caring for the needs of the Roma

people from the eastern part of Slovakia. PennDel is excited

to partner with them in building a regional center for the

Roma in Slovakia.

TUESDAY, MAY 2

7:00 a.m. EXHIBIT HALL OPENS FOR VENDORS

8:30 a.m. REGISTRATION

9:30 a.m. SACRED ASSEMBLY

PRAYER, MEMORIAL & COMMUNION SERVICE

Rev. Bryan Koch

12:00 p.m. SENIORS (65+) LUNCH

CHILDREN’S PASTORS LUNCH

YOUTH LEADERS LUNCH

WORSHIP LEADERS LUNCH

FUTURE CHURCH PLANTERS LUNCH

1:45 p.m. BUSINESS SESSION

7:00 p.m. EUROPE’S HEART MISSIONS SERVICE

Rev. Jim Sabella

9:30 p.m. UNDER 40 GATHERING

ORDINATION CELEBRATION

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3

OMAR & PAT BEILER

Eurasia Regional Director

As Regional Director, Omar established Our Big Dream, a

vision for the future of Eurasia with a dream to see a church

planting movement among every people group in India,

Southern Asia, Arab Gulf/Middle East/North Africa, Central

Eurasia, Northwest Eurasia, and Russia/Belarus. This area

has more than 4,400 unreached people groups and only 1.5

percent of Eurasia’s 2.4 billion inhabitants are Evangelical

Christians. His passion is to see God raise up new workers,

both missionaries and national believers, to go to the hard

places of this region with the message of God’s love and

redemption.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3

9:30 a.m. KEYNOTE / CHURCH PLANTING

Dr. Stephen R. Tourville

12:00 p.m. LADIES LUNCH

MULTI-SITE LUNCH

2:00 p.m. WORKSHOPS

7:00 p.m. ORDINATION CELEBRATION

Rev. Omar Beiler

Register at: penndel.org

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STEPHEN R. TOURVILLE

PENNDEL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT

For several years our District/Network tagline “Better Together” has provided focus and identification for us as we

move forward in unity to fulfill our purpose as a fellowship in reproduction, relationship and resources. No individual

or congregation can accomplish as much as when all of us move together to serve God in reaching our mission field

and ministering to the people in our sphere of influence. The graphic expression on the front cover of this edition

effectively depicts our movement corporately toward a direction guided by the Spirit as others continue to join this

endeavor. You will find in the pages of this publication many of the efforts we are planning to achieve throughout

the various ministries of our network.

Five years ago your churches joined forces to impact one region of India, the

state of Rajasthan. It was a great privilege for Marjie and me to return this

past year to view the results of your financial contributions and sacrifices.

The development of the school has progressed to the point now that about

300 children are getting an education, a healthy meal every day and a school

uniform. Most of these children would not have this opportunity had we

not partnered to see this accomplished. In addition, the church continues to

grow and flourish with the development of the church facilities and the Bible

College that trains ministers to pastor and plant churches. A significant part

of our project was focused on the Freedom House which houses and provides

training in micro business endeavors to rescue those trapped in the trafficking

of young girls in that community.

Freedom House

4 KEYS TO A HEALTHY

I have often been asked about our Network and why we have

enjoyed such blessing. Of course, it is all about God’s favor and

blessing on our lives and ministry. “Unless the Lord builds the

house, its builders labor in vain.” (Psalm 127:1) At times we

work hard on our structures, organizations, constitution and

bylaws and various other issues that are important considerations

for effective ministry. Peter Drucker is credited with the quote,

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” There is a lot of truth in that.

Whatever your structure, as important as that is, your culture will

either support or undermine your plans.

When I think about

developing a healthy ministry

culture, as I write in our book,

“Better Together,”

there are four keys

of critical importance.

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Amazing results in missions happen because we are

“Better Together.” The seeds you sowed five years

ago have grown to produce an amazing harvest for Christ.

Sometimes we may wonder where our dollars go and the result

of our giving. Your heart would be warmed by the children

singing songs about Jesus and the individuals who have been

saved by Christ and now are going out to plant more churches

that bring life and hope to the lost. The light of Jesus is being

proclaimed and your giving made this possible.

Last year our efforts were directed toward a community in

Romania assisting Ana and Mike Dascalescu in constructing

Baneasa Community Center. Once again, your response to the

opportunity of investing in this nation to bring the good news of

Jesus’ love has established a foothold that is producing a harvest

of souls for the kingdom of God. We demonstrate God’s care for

those without the hope of Christ by sending, giving and going to

the unreached people of our world.

Ana and Mike Dascalescu ministering to kids.

Baneasa Community Center

MINISTRY CULTURE

PRAYER

Prayer is essential. God can

do with little more than we

humans can do with much.

If we don’t have a healthy

sense of dependence on

God, then pack your bags

and do something else.

God answers prayer.

PREPARE

Prepare yourself — heart,

mind, soul and strength.

As you are preparing yourself,

don’t forget to prepare

others around you. Ministry

is a joint endeavor not an

individual effort.

PLAN

Plan what are the critical

factors that will lead to

a successful outcome.

Someone has said to plan

your work and work your

plan. That is pretty simple,

but it is good advice.

POSITION

Position yourself and your ministry in a

way that will open the door for God’s favor.

Do your best to be prepared for what may

come. Culture incorporates both what we

believe (doctrine) and what we do (practice).

Right doctrine is not sufficient. We must

also develop a culture of right action, and

when we do, we discover that we are

“Better Together!”

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ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT

Bryan Koch

610.678.0266 ext. 224

bryankoch@gtaog.org

A Picture of

LEADERSHIP

The sixth president of the United States, John Quincy Adams,

had this to say about leaders: “If your actions inspire others

to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you

are a leader.” That’s a powerful definition! At GT Church we’ve

struggled at times with how to raise up these kinds of leaders.

We want to build a strong leadership culture, and we have

worked towards that goal by developing a discussion model

of training we call Lead U. We invite current and potential

leaders, both staff and volunteer, to go through this training

so that we share a unified vision of what a leader does.

When they’ve completed the training, our leaders should

walk away understanding and applying five core practices/

values of leadership which were taken and adapted from The

Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner.

You’ve heard the phrase “a picture’s worth a thousand words,” and it’s true.

Sometimes an image can speak volumes. We have chosen to tie each core

practice to an image in order to create a picture of leadership:

Model the Way

David was chosen by God

to lead the Israelites, and

Psalm 78:72 says that, “He

cared for them with a true

heart and led them with

skillful hands.” Lead with

character and competency.

Set the example. Model the

steps and actions you want

people to take. Things need

to get done, but if you’re

lacking character, then

you’re missing the most

vital piece of the puzzle.

Inspire a Shared Vision

Moses was a leader with a

clear vision from the Lord,

and he needed to get the

Israelites on board. Leaders

should be like a pair of

glasses, helping others to

have a clear vision of where

they are going. Leaders

should not only cast vision,

but inspire those who are

following them and move

them toward action.

Challenge the Process

In Daniel 1:8 we see Daniel

challenge the process when

he requests permission not

to eat unacceptable foods

given to him by the king.

Be willing to ask and be

asked questions, even when

it causes friction. Just like

friction helps gears to turn

and create forward motion,

challenging the process can

help to bring about positive

change in your ministry.

Enable Others to Act

In Judges 4:14, Deborah

enables Barak to act when

she tells him, “Get ready!

This is the day the Lord will

give you victory over Sisera,

for the Lord is marching

ahead of you.” Make it

practical and possible

for someone else to do

something. The ripple effect

that could create will go far

beyond what you could do

alone.

Encourage the Heart

1 Samuel 6:7 tells us,

“people judge by outward

appearance, but the Lord

looks at the heart.” Leaders

need to recognize the work

of individuals and create a

spirit of community within

their teams. Don’t forget

to encourage your own

heart as well - it’s hard to

encourage others when your

tank is empty!

I love having the opportunity to provide leadership coaching not only to leaders at GT, but to other

churches as well. For more information, please visit www.bryankoch.net. We lead Better Together!

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About People:

Ministers Transferring In:

Alexander, Paul (Licensed)

Brown, Berry L (Ordained)

Dudiak, (Jonathan) Cole (Licensed)

Hart, Austin J (Licensed)

Milcarek, Matthew (Licensed)

Murphy, Taylor R (Licensed)

Snyder, Amy (Ordained)

Spurlock, Ryan (Licensed)

Strickland, Michael (Certified)

Ministers Transferring Out:

Acevedo, Nicholas W (Licensed)

Baker, Robert M (Ordained)

Beadle, Joseph T (Ordained)

Marcano Jr, William (Ordained)

Panek, Mitchell (Licensed)

Wilson, Wayde (Ordained)

With The Lord:

Francis Parmenteri, 90, of Clarks Summit,

passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. He was

born in Peckville and served in the U.S.

Navy in World War II as a pharmacist’s

mate second class. After his service to our

country, he was a graduate of Northeastern

Bible College, Minnesota. Francis and

his late wife, Ruth, served as lead pastor

of the 1st AG, Plymouth for 43 years.

Paul J Kyllonen, 72, of Savannah, GA

was promoted to his Eternal Reward on

Tuesday, January 24, 2017. He was born

in Monesson, PA on November 30, 1944.

Paul responded to the Lord’s call into

full-time ministry during a C.A. (Christ Ambassador’s)

Youth Convention. Paul was

the lead pastor of the following PennDel

churches: Bessemer AG; Faith AG, Emaus;

Northeast AG, Philadelphia and Christian

AG, Bentleyville. Paul is survived by his

wife, Betty.

Larry Helsel, 74, passed away on February

4, 2017. Larry was the lead pastor of

New Life AG in Mercer, PA. He transferred

from New York

from Southern Missouri

from Potomac

from PenFlorida

from Potomac

from PenFlorida

from New Jersey

from Montana

from North Texas

to Ohio

to Kentucky

to New York

to Spanish Eastern

to Minnesota

to Potomac

from another denomination just a few

years ago to make himself available to

the congregation in Mercer. Larry is survived

by his wife, Shirley.

Robert T Eastlake, 93, went to his Eternal

Reward peacefully on February 21, 2017

in Wilmington, DE. Bob was preceded

in death by his wife of 67 years, Alice.

Together, they pastored the following

PennDel churches: Nanticoke, Shippensburg,

1st AG, Erie and Wilmington, DE.

Hazel M Williams, 100, of Quakertown,

went to be with the Lord Thursday,

February 23, 2017. Hazel was the wife

of the late Russell Williams, who died in

1990. Hazel served faithfully alongside

her husband, Russel, as the lead pastor’s

wife at Pleasant Valley AG, Altoona. She

served her role as ‘First-Lady’ of the

Eastern (PennDel) District with distinction,

serving alongside her husband during his

19 years as Superintendent. While in this

position, she also served as the District

Women’s Ministries Director.

SECRETARY/TREASURER

Donald J. Immel

717.795.5921

don@penndel.org

New and Upgraded Credentials:

New

Upgraded

Allen, Stefanie

Andrews, Eileen

Barner, Sandy

Balban, Isaac

Greenockle, David Culbertson, David

Scott, William

George, Stacie

Varughese, Jacob Giles, Janet

Wyns, Jonathan

Gruber, Justin

Wyns, Tracey

Hall, Stephen

Hyman, Lee

Jordan, Andrew

Reinstated

Seymour, Jeffrey L

Jordan, Megan

Keever, Debra

Knoll, Nathaniel

Knorr, Deborah

Krebs, Jannette

Lanza, Jared

McNaney, Christopher

Ritenour, Jonathan

Rodriguez, Lisa

Vagle, Kyle

Waldecker, Paul

About Churches:

General Council Affiliated:

International Christian Fellowship, Darby

Lead Pastor – Samuel M Konteh

District Affiliated:

New Life Indian Church, Gibsonia/Pittsburgh

Lead Pastor – Saji Varghese

CHANGE Community Church, Philadelphia

Lead Pastor – Elijah Hollis

Valley Community Church, Drums

Lead Pastor – Al DiSalvatore

Harvest International Church, Philadelphia

Lead Pastor – Mathew James

Pastoral Transitions:

Leroy Bunker to Lighthouse Community

Church, Galeton

Berry L Brown to Fair Ridge AG, Shade Gap

Ronald Dugan to Christian Life Assembly, Melcroft

Del Smith to Faith AG, Roaring Spring

Daniel LeVeck to Bethel AG, Pittsburgh

Robert Morgan to Pitcairn AG

Joshua Baldwin to St Thomas AG

Nichole Schreiber to 1 st AG, Erie

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BIG

DREAMERS

GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

OMAR BEILER

Eurasia Regional Director

After living and working overseas for 15

years, Pat and I have spent the last 9 years

living in a mid-western American city. When

we are not traveling overseas, we spend

many weekends speaking in churches all

across America. Spending time with pastors

who lead churches representing a wide

variety and size has been an enriching

experience for me. Here are a few things I

have observed.

Many of our younger pastors and newer

churches are highly apostolic in their

approach and are effectively reaching

people in an increasingly secular society. By

apostolic I mean they are outward focused.

Much of the growth in these apostolic

churches represents “new growth” rather

than transfer growth. In these settings, it is

important to speak with the realization that

most people present have little religious or

biblical background. Familiar Sunday School

software has not been downloaded on their

hard drive.

The call to make disciples is more important

than ever. Building the church and gathering

a crowd are two different things. Jesus calls

us to make disciples.

I am in awe of what Jesus is doing in America

and around the world. I am thankful that

the Lord has allowed me to participate in His

work of redemption.

The men and women who formed the Assemblies of

God more than a Century ago were “big dreamers.”

They embraced this BIG DREAM: “We commit

ourselves and the movement to Him for the

greatest evangelism the world has ever seen.”

This is a bold statement, and by almost any measure we have

succeeded in our endeavors on a scale unimaginable to our founders.

Today the Assemblies of God has more than 66 million adherents in

255 countries, territories, and provinces.

While we celebrate our victories, I am reminded of what Loren Triplett

once said; “We don’t measure ourselves by our success, but by the

unfinished task.” Revelation 7:9-12 paints a beautiful picture of a great

multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and tongue standing before

the throne of God giving Jesus the glory due his name. If we see this

as the end toward which we are working, the task before us can be

overwhelming.

One of my BIG DREAMS is to raise up men and women who will go to

Eurasia, an area with 44 nations and territories encompassing much of

the Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu world. Within the borders of Eurasia,

there are more than 4,400 unreached people groups – ethnolinguistic

people groups without an adequate witness of the Gospel of Jesus.

There are entire countries in Eurasia with fewer followers of Jesus

among the local population than you have fingers on one hand.

God has called us to make disciples among every people group, and

we believe the best way to do that is to plant churches. These aren’t

brick and mortar churches. These are communities of faith that are

made up of “living stones.” They are house churches that have in their

DNA the idea of multiplication. We want to plant churches that will

plant churches that will plant churches.

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WORLD MISSIONS

Donald J. Immel

717.795.5921

don@penndel.org

Our Goal: $150,000

The Roma people are experiencing a dynamic move of God. Many are

coming to faith in Christ. The transformational work of the Holy Spirit

has gained the attention of local community leaders. Marian Kaleja,

lead pastor of The Pentecostal Church in Sabinov, has mentored pastoral

leadership for the church in Kendice. Land has been purchased,

and construction plans are under way. 150 believers in Kendice are

now in need of a worship facility to extend the work that God is doing.

However, due to extreme poverty, they do not have the resources

to move forward with the project. Will you join us in partnering with

the Roma people to see this project forward? We will receive an offering

and pledges at the Tuesday evening missions service during

Please partner

with us in 2017 for

THE ROMA PROJECT

MinistrieSummt. You can also send your offering/pledge to 4651

Westport Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, or give online at penndel.org.

Thank you for your participation!

Roma Project Resources

• Online video at penndel.org

• Promotional “communication” pieces are available in hard copy

(upon request) and online at penndel.org

• Don Immel, PennDel Missions Director, is available to do a

missions window for the Roma Project or to present missions

at missions conventions.

Fares For Missions

In 1982 Harold Crosby introduced a significant helps program for

PennDel missionaries. The program was designed to reduce the

growing itineration demands placed on our missionaries due to

increased budget demands. Fares For Missions targeted two areas

to assist missionaries preparing to depart for their field of calling:

• Infuse $5000 into a missionaries “00” account to avoid drawing

that living expenses account into the red while obtaining financial

support. Once a missionary reached certain benchmarks of support,

the $5K would be released into their living expenses account.

• Purchase missionaries departure airfare when they were cleared

by AGWM to go!

For the past several years, there has been greater demand than

income on the Fares For Mission fund. We will receive an offering

and pledges for Fares For Missions at the Missions Service at

MinistrieSummit. Thank you in advance for your participation in

this offering!

Missionaries Itinerating

The following PennDel Missionaries are currently itinerating for

their first-term & would appreciate an opportunity to share their

vision and heart for their World Missions assignment:

• Ben & Jessica Bock (Europe)

benjabock@gmail.com, mikendjessb@gmail.com

• Mike & Jess Brown (Latin America)

mikendjessb@gmail.com

• Tom & Brooke Harshberger (Europe)

tomharshberger@gmail.com

*Quick Reference: www.penndel.org (Ministries/World Missions/Itineration List)

Take advantage of this resource available for you! Look ahead to

the remainder of 2017 and all of 2018 and see which of our

PennDel Missionaries are scheduled to come home on furlough.

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HOME MISSIONS PROJECT OFFERING 2017

Why R-1? We have two pastors

who have planted churches in

PennDel, but without an R-1

visa and our support they will

not be able to stay.

Pastor Saji completed his education in theological

studies and became an evangelist. Later he

finished his Master’s Degree in Social Analysis from

Serampore University and became a Bible seminary

teacher in India. It was in India that he first served

as a pastor and church planter.

In 2009, he came to the United States in pursuit

of his doctorate degree. Four years later, he

successfully completed his Doctorate in Christian

Ministry from International Theological Seminary,

California.

Pastor Saji is fluent in Malayalam and Hindi. Pastor

Saji has ministered throughout 23 of the states of

India, and his ministry goes beyond his Malayalam

speaking people to reaching out to help Indians as a

whole. In Pittsburgh there are people from all parts

of India, and he has people in his congregation that

speak both languages. Pastor Varghese is married to

Girija Chandravathy and they have three wonderful

children named Alby, Aida, and Anugraha. If

approved for R-1 status, Pastor Saji would like to

remain in the United States serving as a pastor/

church planter with PennDel.

PRAISE REPORT!

We are so happy to report that Saji’s R-1 has

just been approved! We are now raising monthly

support to help him for the two-year commitment

required.

WE NEED Y

Please pray

for favor.

There are interviews

that need to happen and

paperwork that needs to

be reviewed. The process

can take many months in a

system that is facing many

challenges.

Let’s join

together

and

make this

happen!

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U.S. MISSIONS

Tom Rees

717.795.5921

tom@penndel.org

Pastor Saji Varghese has sacrificed to plant

a church in Pittsburgh. Because he is here

on a student visa, he is unable to be paid

for his ministry. He is living on faith!

Pastor Mathew James has an incredible

testimony of salvation and healing

from radioactive exposure. As he plants

his church in Philly, he also shared the

challenge of having to go back to India and

leave his church if he does not get his R-1.

After meeting them, I was baffled as to how to help them, but then our friends in the New

York District introduced us to leaders that are helping pastors in New York City walk through

this. We now have a plan to help Pastor Saji, Pastor Mathew and future R-1 pastors.

OUR HELP!

Please give to the

PennDel R-1 Fund.

With this fund we will be able

to help pay the application and

attorney fees for the R-1 visas for

each pastor and his family. With

this fund, we will be able to help

with short gaps that the congregations

may have in paying their

pastor for the two year commitment

required by law.

Imagine what would happen if

our churches would stand with

Pastor Saji and Pastor Mathew

and the many pastors and

churches that will be empowered

by the R-1 Fund. Imagine the

stories that would be told for

generations to come!

Pastor Mathew had a life changing

experience while working in Bahrain at a refinery;

a radioactive accident occurred that took the life

of three of his co-workers and left him barely

alive. Pentecostal sisters came to his room and

told him that even though he was exposed to

radiation that was thousands of times more

powerful than the radiation used in medical

therapy, God could save him. It was there in that

hospital that Mathew called out to God and was

both saved and healed!

Pastor Mathew has since earned a Master of

Divinity from Bethel Bible College in South India

and was conferred a Doctor of Divinity by the

International Christian University in Chesapeake,

Virgina. He is currently continuing his education at

Faith Theological Seminary in Baltimore.

Today, Pastor Mathew is the pastor of Harvest

International Church, a community of believers

that were in need of a pastor who understands

their culture and communicates in their language.

He is serving in the Philadelphia area due to the

presence of a large number of Indians in the city.

Pastor Mathew married his wife, Blessy, and they

were told that because of the radiation exposure,

they could not have a child, but God gave

them another miracle... they have a wonderful

daughter, Keren!

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ENCORE

Retirement Seminar

WHO?

WHAT?

WHEN?

WHERE?

COST?

Pastors/Ministry Leaders and their spouses

who are age 55 and older

Led by Stan Williams, this day is designed to

help you process and plan how to transition

with purpose and prepare to launch your

ENCORE. The focus will be on preparing for

retirement spiritually, physically, financially,

socially and with meaningful ministry.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from

8:30 am until 4:00 pm

Bongiorno Conference Center

Carlisle, PA

Overnight housing is available at

BCC for an additional charge.

Registration for this event is

$39.00 per person

Includes the book,

“Launch Your Encore: Finding

Adventure and Purpose Later in Life”

by Hans Finzel and Rick Hicks

Spouses are encouraged to attend

for an additional $10.00.

HIS Fund is sponsoring the lunch

THREE WAYS TO REGISTER:

• Online at www.penndel.org

• Call Penny at 717.795.5921

• Email Penny@penndel.org

CONNECTING Around the Network

Pastoral Commissioning

Pastor LeRoy & Wanda Bunker

Lighthouse Community Church

Galeton, PA

Pastoral Commissioning

Pastor Del & Marvina Smith

Faith AG

Roaring Spring, PA

Pastoral Commissioning

Pastor Robert & Tamara Morgan

Pitcairn AG

Pitcairn, PA

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How to Get a Men’s Ministry Going…

the Fun Way

MEN’S MINISTRIES

Tom Rees

717.795.5921

tom@penndel.org

GIVE SUNDAYS

A MASCULINE TUNE-UP

Make Sundays a man-friendly environment. Offer a sermon

series that connects with guys. Power tools work great as

sermon props — once I used a chainsaw (with the chain

removed). When we started it, I had everyone’s attention!

Deck out your platform with stuff guys like. Churches have

used Mini-Coopers, boxing rings, goal posts and fishing boats.

You might even want to shake things up like when Pastor Curt

Seaburg rode his Harley to the platform for a Sunday message

or when Pastor Greg Ford stepped into a boxing ring with a

boxer for a fundraiser for Emerge Ministries.

Start with Father’s Day. “Go for the Guys Sunday Action Plan”

is a free resource to help you plan an awesome day from

churchformen.com. Use this day to create momentum that

you can capture with a small group or your next men’s trip

or event.

JUMP START YOUR

MEN’S MINISTRY WITH A TRIP

Skeet shooting, fishing and hunting trips, ball games, and

Nascar events are good ways to build energy and relationships

that can get a guy’s faith started.

An event that makes this super easy is AdventureFest.

This weekend in June happens near Raystown Lake with

guys camping (tailgate style), good food, big campfires,

awesome music, challenging speakers, and lots of fun and

adrenaline (AdventureMen.com).

The energy is in overdrive at the fall men’s conference. This

year’s GO! Men’s Conference will take place in Camp Hill with

1,500+ men. This is a great way to get guys in gear with their

faith. Check out a sample of Chaplain Black’s message from

last year at vimeo.com/190275788.

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YOUTH MINISTRIES

Doug Sayers

717.795.5921

dyd@penndel.org

#GOALS are something we strive for, perfection, the very best of the topic at hand.

You’ve seen it on Social Media, #goals … #lifegoals …#relationshipgoals …#squadgoals

… the list goes on and on.

This summer, we have #GOALS at PennDel Youth Camp! This is a week of impact for

students in grades 7-12 who come with the goal of a good time, but leave with their

lives impacted by Jesus! #GOALS

Take a look at these #GOALS moments from students at Camp last year:

“This week was the best week of my life. Not only did God speak to me, but

He saved my best friend for the first time. The experiences I’ve had here will

influence the rest of my life.” #GOALS ~ Savannah, Sunbury

“I have always stressed about my future, but God revealed to me that in

these last days my call is to share the gospel, which is the most important call

for my generation.” #GOALS ~ Tori, Mt. Clare

”At Camp, I felt the presence of God and I feel like I got so much closer to Him.

I spoke in tongues for the first time too!” #GOALS ~ Destiny, Monroeville

Philippians 3:14 says,

“I press on toward the goal

for the prize of the upward

call of God in Jesus Christ.”

How are you encouraging your

students to press on toward

the goals God has for them?

Join us this summer as we

press on toward the #GOALS

of seeing students saved and

transformed by the very best

of what God has in store at

#GOALS Youth Camp!

To register for camp, visit penndelyouthcamp.com

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YOUTH ALIVE MISSIONARY

Lee Rogers

717.795.9780

lee@reachtheschool.com

REACHTHESCHOOL.COM • TWITTER.COM/REACHTHESCHOOL • FACEBOOK.COM/REACHTHESCHOOL

Three Christian students in a high school held a regular “video game night” for the gamers in their school.

Over a dozen of those gamers came to church and met Jesus.

A faithful high school student focused a social studies project on the evils of human trafficking, igniting several

conversations about God’s compassion and the work of the church.

A middle school believer started a friendship with an atheist and had several conversations about Jesus. The

atheist has turned her life over to Christ after the Holy Spirit spoke to her in a dream.

What do these students have in common? They are Gospel-centered, Spirit-empowered, and have taken personal

responsibility for the mission of God in their school and in their community. They are making a difference for the

Gospel. They are fearless in sharing Jesus with their friends, and they where inspired, equipped, and empowered

to make a difference by Youth Alive.

Let’s make a difference without fear. Let’s step out to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ

with everyone around us. Let’s serve others supernaturally through the Holy Spirit. Let’s

make it our mission to make a difference in our world. Cap your summer with a one-day

conference that will equip you to make a difference in eternity, and will help you live

fearless for the sake of Christ. Join us for Fearless: One Day to Make a Difference

To learn about Fearless, visit fearlessoneday.com

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GIRLS MINISTRIES

Sharon Poole

penndeldmc@yahoo.com

penndel.org/girls

ROYAL RANGERS

Greg Scott

302.697.2313

gscott@pdrangers.org

www.pdrangers.org

An Underutilized Asset

Have you ever wondered how the young people in your church can be developed into the Christlike

servant leaders of tomorrow’s church? Look no further than your Royal Rangers outpost.

The major purpose of Royal Rangers is to develop boys and young men into Christ-like servant

leaders. What better source for finding helpers for Christian Education classes, youth group leaders,

worship team members, and more!

Junior Leadership training begins in the local outpost with Leadership Merits and the Leadership Foundation

course available through the TracClub Leaders’ track. Boys also receive leadership training by

attending district run camps within the Junior Leadership Development Academy (JLDA). These camps

run three to four days each beginning with the Ranger Training Camp (RTC) for Discovery Ranger boys

who have completed the 4 th grade. This camp teaches a boy about his role within his patrol in the

outpost. The Junior Training Camp (JTC), for boys who completed the 6 th grade, teach boys their role

within their outposts. The JTC is followed by the Advanced Junior Training Camp (AJTC) that teaches

boys about their role within their church and community. High school aged boys and their leaders can

complete skill based action camps designed to teach boys specific skills such as canoeing, computers,

or basic auto mechanics.

Collectively, these camps teach basic and advanced leadership skills such as interacting with others,

event planning, responsibility, and developing integrity using the Bible and its principals as the foundation.

When these boys come back from these camps they are ready to be put to work. Try it! Send

your Ranger boys to a JLDA camp and then use them upon their return. They’ll be a great resource

for helping in other ministries in your church. Go to pdrangers.org/pdjlda-camps for applications and

more information.

COMING EVENTS

IN 2017:

Junior Leader Development

Academy Security

Color Guard Camp

PDRR Camp Berry,

Honey Grove, PA

May 5 - 7

Junior Leader Development

Academy Shooting Action Camp

PDRR Camp Berry,

Honey Grove, PA

June 16 - 18

PennDel District Powwow

PDRR Camp Berry,

Honey Grove, PA

June 23 - 25

Junior Leader Development

Academy Canoeing

Action Camp

Delaware

July 14 -16

Junior Leader

Development Academy

PDRR Camp Berry,

Honey Grove, PA

Jul. 31 - Aug. 5

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We are always better together!

WOMEN OF PURPOSE

Ruth Puleo

717.795.5921

ruth@penndelwomenofpurpose.org

penndelwomenofpurpose.org

Kay Burnett is our newly appointed National Women’s Ministries Director for the Assemblies of God.

After more than 20 years of pastoral and District ministry to women, she wrote this helpful book,

A Quick Guide for Ministry to Women. This guide will give your Women of Purpose a fresh look at

ministry to women. Kay writes..

Women step through the doors

of our churches with a wide array

of backgrounds and personal

stories. Some often struggle

with past experiences, unhealthy

relationships, confusion, and

heartbreak. Along with that

baggage, women also bring with

them unique abilities, spiritual

gifts, and a call to serve. Ministry

within the church is God’s design

for providing healing, truth and

freedom. Those best qualified to

minister to and disciple women

are . . . women.

Women are designed for

relationship. We are always

better together! The church is the

very best place to establish godly,

healthy relationships, A Quick

Guide to Ministering to Women

was developed to aid in that effort.

It offers practical, effective training

for building and strengthening

ministry to women. Several topics

covered are:

• What are the needs of women?

• What is the role of the church in

ministering to women?

• Am I qualified to lead women?

• Where do I start?

• What do I do?

• How do I do it?

A Quick Guide is designed to

come alongside the leader, with

easy-to-understand instructions

and guidelines. Included are

extra downloadable resources,

templates, and guides. These

practical tools were intentionally

designed to help leaders establish

a strategic plan and build a strong

team.

Our prayer is that A Quick Guide

to Ministering to Women will

inspire you with new ideas. Use

it to train leaders. Use it as a

small group study. No matter

how you implement this guide,

we are confident the information

will encourage and expand the

connection and mobilization of the

women of your church. When you

gather women, teach them biblical

truth and enable them to journey

together in passionate pursuit of a

stronger walk with Christ . . . great

things are guaranteed to happen!

Kay Burnett

Guest Contributor


CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

BONGIORNO CONFERENCE CENTER

George Krebs

717.795.5921

george@penndel.org

Better Together

I

am a “Do It Yourself” kind of guy. After high school I spent time in the

military and then a few years at several entry level jobs. At age 22, I

started a career in the metal fabrication industry, again mostly working

solo. I started college at age 32 and began ministry as an associate pastor

at age 36.

It was then I realized one is too small of a number to really make an

impact. It was a large church, and I was in charge of children’s ministry,

Christian education and discipleship, adult Sunday school, small groups,

outreach and drama ministry, as well as baby dedication, water baptism

and membership. Being overwhelmed, I was suddenly thrust into

developing teams.

I had to recruit, develop, train, release and then supervise people to

help me accomplish the task God gave me; most of all I had to pray for

guidance and direction. God usually did not send me leaders ready to go,

instead He sent me ordinary people; it was my job to equip them to do

extraordinary ministry.

How does “Better Together” happen?

• I earnestly pray that God leads me to the

right person, and He does.

• I share my heart and vision with passion;

it’s always about making a difference.

• I always give team members what they

need to be successful.

• I make them look good; if all goes well

they get the credit; if they fail, I take

the blame.

• I release them to do it their way,

knowing what end result is needed.

If things fail, I am not a punisher; everything is a learning experience,

what can we do better as a team. It seems few teams last forever; my

greatest joy in being “Better Together” is watching God move people on

to greater ministry and bringing new team members to share the journey

with me. Try it, it’s worth it.

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DISTRICT CALENDAR

Pennsylvania-Delaware

Ministry Network

4651 Westport Drive

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Read online: penndel.org/connexions

Editor: . . . . . . . . . . . Stephen R. Tourville

Managing Editor: . . . . . Carole Bongiorno

Executive Presbytery

Superintendent . . . . . . . Stephen R. Tourville

Assistant Superintendent . . Bryan Koch

Secretary/Treasurer. . . . . Donald J. Immel

Timothy Bunney Southwest Suburban - SWS

Christopher Clark North Central West - NCW

Roland Coon Delaware - DEL

Steven DeFrain East Central - EC

Jeffrey Kettering South Central - SC

Jeff Marshall Southwest Metro - SWM

Robert Novak Greater Philadelphia Area - GPA

James Pentz North Central - NC

Randall Rhoads South Central East - SCE

Walter Smith South Central West - SCW

Allan Thorpe Northwest - NW

David Twiss Northeast - NE

General Presbyters

Stephen R. Tourville

Donald J. Immel

Bryan Koch

Honorary General Presbyter

Philip Bongiorno

PennDel Superintendent Emeritus

Volume 63 Number 2 - (USPS 165-700) is the official periodical

published quarterly by the Pennsylvaina-Delaware District Council of

the Assemblies of God. Periodical postage paid at Mechanicsburg,

Pennsylvania. Circulation Stands at Approximately 7,500

POSTMASTER:

Send address changes to:

Pennsylvania-Delaware District Council

4651 Westport Drive

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-4887

JUNE

1..................Credential App’s due for September

3..................PDRR Camp Workday

4..................Pentecost Sunday

5..................Presbytery Meeting - District Ministries Center

9-11.............Men’s AdventureFest

12................Kennywood Park Day

15................Dorney Park/Wildwater Day

15-17...........Stars, Friends & Girls Only Retreats – BCC

18................Father’s Day

19-23...........Youth Camp Week #1 – BCC

23-25...........District RR PowWow

26-30..........Youth Camp Week #2 – BCC

JULY

1-7...............National Teen Bible Quiz Finals

4..................Independence Day – Ministries Center Closed

10-14...........Kids’ Camp Week #1 – BCC

10-18...........AIM Trip

17-21...........Kids’ Camp Week #2 – BCC

22................District RR BB Gun Competition

24-28...........Kids’ Camp Week #3 – BCC

24-29...........RR Jr. Leader Training Academy

31-Aug 4.....Kids’ Camp Week #4 – BCC

AUGUST

7-11.............57 th General Council of the AG – Anaheim, CA

7-11.............National Fine Arts Festival – Anaheim, CA

11-13...........District RR Family Camp

18-20...........Teen Bible Quiz Camp – BCC

25-26...........District RR Leaders Conference

26................Fearless: One Day to Make a Difference (Youth)

SEPTEMBER

4..................Labor Day – Ministries Center Closed

8-9...............RR West Division Fall Camporee

9..................Fearless: One Day to Make a Difference (Youth)

10................Campus Awareness Day

11................Presbytery Meeting – BCC

12................Credential Interviews – BCC

15................Credential App’s due for January 2018

16................Fearless: One Day to Make a Difference (Youth)

16............ World Missions Training Event – NL/Lancaster

16-18...........Cluster Church Planting

22-24...........Women In Ministry Retreat – BCC

22-24...........RR East Division Fall Camporee

27................See You at the Pole

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