Bill Helzel, new pastor of Bethlehem Church

Bethlehem Church is pleased to announce the appointment of Pastor William O. Helzel. Pastor Bill leads the worship service at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday morning, at the church on east Mo. 32 in Stockton. All denominations are welcome.

Bill was born in 1935 in Crabtree, Pennsylvania, and grew up on a farm a few miles north of Jeannette, Pennsylvania. At age 14 he was invited to a small church and accepted Christ into his life at that time.

In 1954 Bill enlisted in the National Guard, then to the Army Reserve, helping soldiers by spreading the word of God. He served 12 years as a volunteer firefighter, including 10 years as an EMS chaplain before retiring in 2013.

At a sunrise service in 1958, at the age of 22, Bill received a call to preach God’s word. He graduated from Free Gospel Bible Institute and received a teaching certificate from the Evangelical Teacher Training Association. He went on to get his master’s degree of ministry from Covington Theological Seminary. Bill is ordained as a Southern Baptist minister but has licenses and worked in different denominations.

Bill prides himself in ministry to new, small and struggling churches. His earnest desire is to welcome new people into our church and help them develop a closer relationship with Jesus Christ and a deeper understanding of the Lord’s will for their life, as revealed in the study of scripture.

Bethlehem Church is excited to have Bill join the congregation as its new pastor and looks forward to Bill sharing his knowledge and experiences with the church and the surrounding community. Bill has a deep-seated love for the church of Jesus Christ and feels called to help shepherd Bethlehem Church.

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