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Free Spring Church of the Brethren

670 Free Spring Church Road, Mifflintown (Van Wert), PA 17059

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” Matthew 28:19


Terry & Wanda Smith

Terry Smith has been the pastor at Free Spring since August of 1995, along with Wanda his actively supporting wife. He has served the Juniata County School District as a teacher or assistant principal for the last 31 years. He received his undergraduate and Master of Educational Administration degrees from The Pennsylvania State University and his Master of Divinity degree from Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana (May 2002).

Pastor Terry and his wife Wanda reside in Bunkertown where they have lived for almost thirty years and where he was licensed into the ministry of the Church of the Brethren. They have three adult children, Jeremy, Amy, and Randy, who are Penn State Nittany Lions, also.

Terry regards the opportunity to minister as both teacher and pastor a real blessing and responsibility. While his schedule is demanding, it does offer a wealth of experiences that help him to relate to people of all ages on a personal basis. Meeting and greeting people before Sunday School or church services are more than mere routine for him. Wanda is involved with children ministries such as Sunday School, Junior Church, and Vacation Bible School.

He emphasizes, "I am really interested in what is happening in people's lives and look forward to talking with them. It amazes me how much people grow over the years as you minister with them on Sundays, at the hospital, in their homes, or during special service projects. When you know how much trust they place in your leadership, it is a humbling feeling. There have been so many formative events, baptisms, child dedications, weddings, funerals, and communions, which have drawn us closer together as a faith family."

Pastor Terry is a firm believer that ministry is something that is done with you and not to you. The number of people involved in the planning and directing of activities at Free Spring is evidence of that belief. It is also apparent that the welcoming nature of the congregation has offered a home to people from several denominational backgrounds. Free Spring may just be the church home you have been looking for.

Listen to our Sermons



26 Mar 23 John 11:1-45 “DO YOU BELIEVE THIS” Terry Smith
19 Mar 23 John 9:1-41 “AMAZING GRACE FOR YOU” Terry Smith
12 Mar 23 Romans 5:1-11 “Hope Does Not Disappoint Us” Terry Smith
05 Mar 23 John 3:1-17 “HOW CAN THESE THINGS BE” Terry Smith
26 Feb 23 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 “TRULY I TELL YOU” Terry Smith
19 Feb 23 2 Peter 1:16-21 “BE ATTENTIVE TO THIS” Terry Smith
12 Feb 23 Matthew 5:21-37 “YOU HAVE HEARD, BUT I SAY” Terry Smith
05 Feb 23 Matthew 5:13-20 “ARE YOU THE SALT OF THE EARTH” Rodney Pry
29 Jan 23 Matthew 5:1-12 “WHAT DOES THE LORD REQUIRE” Terry Smith
22 Jan 23 Matthew 4:12-23 “LEAVING THE BOAT” Terry Smith
15 Jan 23 John 1:29-42 “THIS IS THE SON OF GOD” Terry Smith
08 Jan 23 Matthew 3:13-17 “LET IT BE NOW” Terry Smith
01 Jan 23 Matthew 2:1-12 “OVERWHELMED WITH JOY” Terry Smith



25 Dec 22 Luke 2:1-20 “GLORY TO GOD” Terry Smith
24 Dec 22 Isaiah 9:2-7 “CHRISTMAS EVE CELEBRATION”
18 Dec 22 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “HE WILL SAVE HIS PEOPLE” Terry Smith
11 Dec 22 Matthew 11:2-11 “STUCK IN THE WAITING ROOM” Terry Smith
04 Dec 22 Malachi 3:1-7a “WHO WILL PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD” Traci Rabenstein

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“Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”

Psalm 34:3