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Free Spring Church of the Brethren

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

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Pastor Terry Smith

Terry G. Smith has been the pastor at Free Spring since August of 1995 and 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 eight years ago. 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.

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.

Thoughts for Today

Remember that nothing on this earth or beyond this earth can separate us from the love of GOD. Your Free Spring leadership is dedicated to making sure that food and pharmacy needs are met during this pandemic. I pray that we stay apart physically, but together emotionally and spiritually. Remember that there are those who have volunteered to help meet emergency deliveries. This is a good time to use some things in the pantry or freezer that should be used before emptying the store shelves and overburdening the supply system.

Take some time to listen to inspirational music-- two of my favorites are It is Well and Ten Thousand Reasons.

Listen to our Sermons

2021

DATE SCRIPTURE TITLE SPEAKER
17 Jan 21 Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 Lord, You Know Me Terry Smith
10 Jan 21 Genesis 1:1-5 Order Out of Chaos Terry Smith
03 Jan 21 Matthew 2:1-12 Overwhelmed with Sorrow or Joy Terry Smith

2020

DATE SCRIPTURE TITLE SPEAKER
27 Dec 20 Luke 2:22-40 Rejoice in the Lord Terry Smith
20 Dec 20 Luke 1:47-55 Sing of Your Love Terry Smith
13 Dec 20 John 1:6-8; 19-28 Who Are You? Terry Smith
06 Dec 20 Mark 1:1-8 The Beginning of the Good News Terry Smith
29 Nov 20 Mark 13:24-37 Only the Father Knows Terry Smith
22 Nov 20 Matthew 25:31-46 When Have We Seen? Terry Smith
15 Nov 20 Matthew 25:14-30 Master, I Know ... Terry Smith

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

Psalm 34:3

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