Our Mission & Vision
The mission of Galilean Baptist Church is seeking to glorify God by winning people to Jesus Christ and equipping them to be more faithful disciples.What We Believe
Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
Pastor Jon, Senior Pastor
As the primary teaching pastor, Pastor Jon has a passion for carefully unpacking the truths of Scripture. Pastor Jon’s ministry started at the age of 13 when God called him to become a pastor. Upon graduation from high school, Pastor Jon attended Baptist Bible College & Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA where he commenced his formal training of pastoral studies. Pastor Jon graduated with a Bachelor’s of Religious Education degree in Pastoral studies.
While at BBC, he met his future wife, Brenda. They have been married for over 35 years. Brenda also graduated from BBC, and obtained a BS degree in elementary education.
Their first ministry began at Grace Baptist Church in Hazelton, PA. Their ministry while at Grace was in Christian education. Jon served as the principal and as a teacher, while Brenda also serve as a teacher. The Stitzels were at Grace Baptist for six years.
It was while they served at Grace Baptist that Jon and Brenda felt God’s calling into the church planting area. With this new burden for church planting, God called them to Huttonsville, WV where their first church plant began. There they had the privilege of planting Valley Independent Baptist Church.
After 14 years of ministry in Huttonsville, WV, God once again called upon the Stitzels to relocate and plant a new church, this time in Hamlin, NY. Emmanuel Baptist Church was planted.
After 10 years in Hamlin, God moved them from the church planting are to a full-time ministry at Galilean Baptist Church. Pastor Jon’s first official Sunday in the pulpit was January 11, 2009.
Pastor Jon greatly desires to build godly families. With godly families as the goal, Galilean and Pastor Jon’s focus is on clear and practical instruction from the Word of God on how to build a godly marriage and how to be godly parents. This instruction comes from the pulpit, classes, seminars, and free Biblical counseling. None of this is possible without first knowing how to love God. This must be our highest priority in life. This priority begins when we admit to God that we are sinners and ask God to save us from sin through the shed of blood of Jesus Christ. Once we have done this, we are then capable of learning how to love God first, then our spouse and children, and finally our neighbors and community.
He has served at Galilean Baptist Church for four years. He and his wife have three grown children, the youngest completing her final year at BBC as of May 2010. Their oldest two sons, both sons, are married. Also, both sons attended and graduated from Christian colleges. Pastor Jon and Brenda have five wonderful grandchildren.
Mike Bobic, Educational Director & DEACON
I was born in Binghamton, NY but we moved to TN when I was 4. My grandfather– my mother’s father– was there directing the Bancroft Gospel Ministry, which included a summer Bible Camp. i learned about the Gospel from his life and his ministry. I was saved at age 13 after a week at camp and the following year began to study the Bible. After high school, I went to the Appalachian Bible College for a 1-year certificate in Bible. It was there I met Jennifer. After ABC, I transferred to Berea College, graduating in 1985. I had planned to go on the mission field, but kidney failure changed my plans. Jennifer and I got married and I attended the University of Tennessee to get my PhD in political science. I have been involved with church work most of my adult life, teaching Sunday School, children’s’ church and children programs. We came to Galilean when I took a position at WVWC because this is the church Jennifer grew up in and we were led to participate in various ministries. We are happy to find a home and friends here.
Glen Reitz, DEACON
Pat Berry, DEACON
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