A Word from Our Pastor
I am very thankful for the opportunity to serve at ODBC. Sarah and I are excited to see the grace of God in action as He saves people from sin’s destruction but also changes their entire life and future through the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Titus 2:11-14). We have seen His truth and grace change our lives and we truly have a heart and burden to see that same truth and grace change your life.
For ministry training and education, I attended Northland Baptist Bible College (B.A., Evangelism, 2004; M.A., Biblical Studies, 2006) and Virginia Beach Theological Seminary (M.Div, 2010). I was blessed with the opportunity to serve as an assistant pastor at Harvest Bible Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania before coming to serve at ODBC in May of 2016. Sarah and I met in college and we were married in 2007. Sarah grew up on the mission field in Brazil and I am thankful for her love for God and for others. She especially loves getting to teach God’s Word to children and to see His grace evident in their young hearts. God has blessed us with Caleb and William and they are a constant reminder to us of God’s goodness.
I often tell people at ODBC that we are not a perfect church—but we have a perfect Savior. We are a group of Christians who are growing in our love for God and for one another.
I would love to hear how God is working in your life, or help answer any questions that you might have about God’s plan for your life, or let you know what drives us here at ODBC. Please feel free to email me at SamuelB@odbcpa.org or I would love to meet you at one of our worship services. Thank you for visiting our church’s website and I hope to get to meet you soon!
Sam was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and was adopted by his parents when he was 6 months old. His family moved throughout the United States as his father served in the United States Air Force. He received God’s gift of salvation at an early age. He married Sarah in 2007 and God has blessed them with two sons (Caleb and William). Sam enjoys reading good books, hunting and fishing, and baseball and football. One of his favorite Bible passages is Colossians 3:16-17:
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Ben was born and raised in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and received God’s gift of salvation at an early age. He married Megan in 2009 and God has blessed them with their son Asher. Ben enjoys working on various projects, biking and spending time with his family. One of his favorite Bible passages is Micah 6:6-8:
“With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Nathan was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and received God’s gift of salvation at an early age. He married Katie in 2016, and so far God has blessed them with one daughter, Aria. Nathan enjoys playing several sports, lifting weights, and spending time with his family. One of his favorite Bible passages is Psalm 139: 23-24:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”
Josh was raised in Frederick, Maryland, and received God’s gift of salvation at an early age. He married Evie in 2009 and God has blessed them with their sons Marcus and Myles. Josh enjoys studying through his library and growing with his family. One of his favorite Bible passages is John 4:23-26:
“‘But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.’ The woman said to Him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ). When He comes, He will tell us all things.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am He.’”