Calls keep coming in from churches wanting to get information and/or to join the Covenant Brethren Church family. It is truly an exciting time as five new congregations and seven new ministers have joined CBC with many other inquiring. The congregations that have recently joined include the following.
Bermudian Church is near East Berlin, Pennsylvania. This congregation, organized in 1758, as a result of missionary work by the Ephrata Cloister, is now the oldest congregation in CBC, and is one of the oldest Brethren churches west of the Susquehanna River.
Next is Calvary Church in Winchester, Virginia. Its late pastor, Brother Chuck Davis, attended the Chambersburg 2019 meeting that led to the creation of CBC. Now led by Brother Jonathan Martino, this congregation is looking to continued growth of a ministry which is faithful to Christ and the Word.
St. Luke Brethren Church is located in Woodstock, Virginia. This congregation was formerly affiliated with The Brethren Church of Ashland, Ohio, not the Church of the Brethren. It isn’t far from the Antioch Covenant Brethren Church, the CBC flagship of the Shenandoah Valley. Brother Shawn Graber is the pastor at St. Luke.
New Life Church is located in Mt. Solon, Virginia. This newly established congregation is just over a year old, yet it has many Brethren of long standing from the western side of the Shenandoah Valley.
Also added was New Beginnings Covenant Brethren Church. This southern Virginia group is the most recent CBC church plant, organized just this year. It meets at 880 Swenfield Road, Callaway, Virginia. Brother Jeff Wray is the pastor.
We praise God for the new CBC congregations! It is exciting to see the rapid growth of CBC. The most recent tally shows CBC with 113 ministers, 67 congregations, and 5,714 members. That is more than double the size of just a year ago, and with the number of churches that continue to seek information we expect that growth to continue.
One other bit of exciting news is that so far, Covenant Brethren Churches have sent $23,588 to Samaritan’s Purse for Ukraine Refugee relief! That is phenomenal given the youth and size of our denomination. All this is a lot of exciting news to give thanks and praise to God for. Let’s not fail to do that.