This Week in the BRN Family shares quick highlights of BRN churches and ministries throughout Pennsylvania and South Jersey loving their neighbors. Check out the latest happenings, baptisms, and accelerating Kingdom movement stories below:

Longest standing SBC church in Pennsylvania celebrates 90 years of ministry 

On Sunday, May 7, Wrightsdale Baptist Church in Peach Bottom, Pa., celebrated its 90th anniversary! Wrightsdale Senior Pastor Ryan Day attributed the church’s longstanding history to God’s goodness and four influential factors: (1) A strong commitment to the core values of evangelism, discipleship, and multiplication; (2) committed congregations; (3) bold pastors who were willing to attempt new things; (4) church leadership that had a mindset to “believe beyond.”

“As I reflect on Wrightsdale’s 90 years of ministry, it is clear that God deserves all the glory and praise for His faithfulness to His church. Jesus promised that His church would go forward in victory, and we have experienced that promise in full effect,” said Day.

Congratulations, Wrightsdale, on 90 years of ministry! Your BRN Family is grateful for your dedication to the gospel and accelerating Kingdom movement!

St. John Memorial Baptist Church hosts first ever Empowerment Tea Party

On Saturday, May 7, St. John Memorial Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pa., hosted its first ever annual Empowerment Tea Party. This event gave women of St. John’s and of the Philly community a chance to gather together and build each other up in Christ’s love.

Walnut Creek Baptist Church members gather to care for church property 

Members of Walnut Creek Baptist Church in Erie, Pa., gathered earlier this week for their annual church yard clean up day. Those who attended served their church by doing necessary yard work and cleaning projects.

First Baptist Church of Clarion aids local learning workshop after fire

First Baptist Church of Clarion in Clarion, Pa., opened its doors to the Clarion Learning Workshop, after a devastating fire destroyed the organization’s building on Easter Sunday. The Clarion Learning Workshop is a free volunteer/student run resource center run by Clarion University. Since the fire, the resource center has been utilizing First Baptist’s fellowship hall to offer tutoring services and other aid to students.

BRN EVANGELISM GRANT: Easter event energizes community and congregation at Fredericksburg Baptist

Fredericksburg Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Pa., hosted an Easter Fun Day to bless the families in its community and engage its members with their neighbors. Read More


Cross Creek Community Church in Trucksville, Pa., celebrates baptisms after several put their hope in Christ 

On Sunday, April 16, Cross Creek Community Church in Trucksville, Pa., celebrated the baptism of several individuals who previously made the decision to follow Jesus on Easter Sunday. Please join us in celebrating with these brothers and sisters in Christ!

In Memoriam

Dr. Philip J. Ginyard

Dr. Philip J. Ginyard, retired BRN pastor and member of First Baptist Church of Swedesboro in New Jersey, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 5. Ginyard passed away from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was 62-years-old. A homegoing celebration for Pastor Phil will be held on Saturday, May 13, at 11 a.m. with a viewing preceding the service from 9-11 a.m. at Sharon Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pa.

Please join us in praying for Dr. Ginyard’s family and loved ones during this season of grieving.

Be a part of This Week in the BRN Family

Have exciting things happening in your church!? Let us know so we can celebrate with you and share the good news with our BRN Family. Submit stories of your church accelerating Kingdom movement, loving their neighbors or celebrating baptisms on our News Tips page. We can’t wait to hear from you!