The Rev. David F. Wood will be installed as pastor of Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, 308 Main Street Leesport, on Sunday October 21, 2007 at 4:00pm.The Rev. B. Bruce Wagner, Conference Minister of the Delaware Region of the EC Church will assist with the installation. Members of the community and congregation will also participate. The celebration will continue with a covered dish social, provided by the congregation, which will be served at 5:30pm.
Wood, who began his pastorate on July 1, was the pastor of Bethany Christian Fellowship in Cressona and the former Christ EC Church in Pottsville for the past fifteen years. He has been involved with Twin Pines Camp, located near Stroudsburg, in various roles. He was Junior/Adventure Camp Director and a Board member for many years. He currently co-directs the Family Camp at Twin Pines. He has directed the EC Bible Conference for many years and has served as District Facilitator for the Schuylkill District of the EC Church.
A 1980 graduate of Ursinus College, he received a bachelor's degree in Chemistry. Before entering the ministry, Wood worked as a research chemist. He served as youth director at the Grace EC Church, in Trappe, Montgomery County for several years.
He entered the ministry in 1984 and attended the Myerstown Evangelical School of Theology where he received a Masters of Divinity and was ordained in 1988. His first charge was at Herndon/Mandata, in Northumberland County, in 1986.
Wood hopes to reach out to the community by working with all age groups and has a heart for the youth ministry. Pastor Wood, is also a musician who desires to incorporate more contemporary music into his ministry.
He and his wife, Sandy, have three sons. Joel, a high school student, and Daniel, who attends Bucknell University, live at home and his oldest son Stephen lives in Lancaster.
The congregation's last pastor was Rev. Marlin Lafferty, who retired in June 2007, after 16 years as Bethany EC's full time pastor. Their mission statement is "To know Christ and to make him known."