A Congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America

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Who We Are

In the Hebrew language Bethany can mean "house of the poor." Our community seeks to be one in which we recognize that we are poor, we are but beggars. We come to God with an empty cup and have nothing to offer but can only receive. We are a community of broken people who have been redeemed by our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. And in response to the grace that he has lavished upon us, we seek to declare his marvelous acts done on our behalf in worship and demonstrate the love he has shown us to others. We know that we have the greatest news on earth, the gospel of Jesus Christ. And having experienced the transforming grace of God, we desire to share that news with those in our community and with the world.


Our theological identity is within the Reformed tradition. Being Reformed means foremost that we believe in the infallibility of Scripture and that the Bible is God’s Word and alone is our absolute authority. All of our ministers, elders, and deacons subscribe to the historic Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms as an accurate expression of what the Bible teaches. That is, we believe that the Scriptures emphasize the doctrines of grace; that man is completely helpless in his separation from God and in need of salvation, a salvation that is the work of God alone, realized by faith alone, in Christ alone, as revealed in Scripture alone, to the glory of God alone. We trace our historical roots to the theology of Christ, the apostle Paul, Augustine, and the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, particularly, the Swiss Reformer, John Calvin.


Our identity as Presbyterians in general relates to our form of church government. The leadership or officers of the church are presbyters, or elders, who are elected from among the congregation. Together with the Senior Pastor, or Teaching Elder, the Ruling Elders comprise what is known as the Session and they collectively have oversight of the church. The particular or local churches are joined together under the government and authority of regional assemblies known as presbyteries, which are comprised of Presbyterian ministers and elders from the member churches. Once a year, commissioners from each presbytery nationwide meet together in what is called the General Assembly. Denominationally we are a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America in the Susquehanna Valley Presbytery.