Service Schedule


Traditional Service 8:00 am

Sunday School 9:15 am (adult and children's options available)

Contemporary Blend 10:30 am (child care available)

Junior Church (K-4th Grade) 10:30 am

Bethesda Youth Ministries (5th thru 12th grade) - 6:00 pm
     (Seasonal - See BYM Calendar)



Prayer Meeting 7:00 pm

Kidz Klub (age 4 thru 4th grade) - 6:30 pm
       (Seasonal - See Calendar)

Men's and Ladies' Bible Studies - 6:30 pm
       (Seasonal - See Calendar)


We are located at 155 Reedsville Road, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972. **Please note that our offices are located across the street and our mailing address is: 23 Meadowbrook Drive, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.

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If you need to contact us, please call our office at (570) 739-2241. For office hours, click here.

Pastor Jeff ByerlyPastor Jeff Byerly was born and raised on a small farm in Eastern Lancaster County, Pastor Jeff feels at home within the community and rural setting of Bethesda Church in Southern Schuylkill County. He is married to Tasha and has two children, Ashley and Erin.

After graduating from high school in 1979, Jeff pursued an education in engineering and computer technology. He was employed by Ford Electronics Corporation in Lansdale, PA and Digital Equipment Corporation in Burlington, VT.

Jeff was licensed to preach in the Evangelical Congregational Church in 1986, where he now serves as an ordained elder, having graduated from Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2000 with a Master of Divinity degree. He has served as a pastor since 1991, and began ministry at Bethesda in January 2000. Jeff’s passions are fixed on the elements of congregational health and church multiplication. It is the combination of these passions that has helped to navigate the course for God’s expansive mission at Bethesda.

Jeff currently serves the EC Church as a member of its credentialing agency, and has been trained as a church health facilitator, having served five years on the Church Health Commission of the denomination. Likewise, he has taught the Congregational Health course through Leadership Contact at the seminary.

Jeff loves traveling, fishing, kayaking, writing, listening to music, and vacationing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.


Pastor MarkPastor Mark Brooks has been an associate pastor at Bethesda EC Church since 2002.  Living his first twenty years in the small community of Rawlinsville, Southern Lancaster County, Mark currently resides outside the borough of Cressona with his wife, Cindy, an elementary teacher in the Blue Mountain School District, and their two children, Sarah and Ryan.

Directing the children’s and youth ministries of Bethesda has been a wonderful experience because of the spectacular volunteer leaders who are willing to share their gifts, passion and talents with students.  To be part of a church that focuses on representing Christ to the world around them is both challenging and exciting.  As we grow together in Christ, our goal is to be ministers where God has placed us to the people he sends in and out of our lives.

Community involvement is important to Mark.  He has the privilege of being a chaplain for the Pennsylvania State Police, a member of the Schuylkill County Suicide Prevention Task Force, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), and Local Housing Options Team (LHOT), focusing at housing and homelessness issues on the county level.


Pastor Stewart MacDonaldPastor Stewart MacDonald grew up in Salibury, MD where he received a call to ministry during his teenage years, while participating in various youth groups. He went on to receive a BA degree (June 2005) in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Valley Forge and is a recent graduate (May 2015) of Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown, where he earned a MAR degree in Spiritual Formation. Pastor Stewart brings a substantial level of maturity and experience into this position, having worked at two different campuses (Buffalo and Rehrersburg) for Teen Challenge, and most recently with Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdorf. These experiences have helped him to come to understand some of the darkest struggles and loudest influences that teenagers have in their lives.

Pastor Stewart and his wife, Joelle, met in Buffalo on a blind date “for coffee.” That cup of coffee eventually led to romance and marriage. Currently, they do not have any children, but look forward to starting a family in the near future. Stewart's passions are focused on assisting others in developing a deeper intimacy with God and developing a healthy identity in Christ.