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What my pastor and church mean to me

In the pulpit

POSTED: October 2, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Sabrina Klassen

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Every Sunday morning people come together to worship and fellowship in their local churches. For most people, the church is part of their extended family. The church is not just a place to come, but a place where they can feel a sense of love and kinship.
Sabrina Klassen, who has been a member of Bethesda Church in Hinesville since 2004, said her church is a place of love and healing. “My family and I relocated here in 2004 and the first thing I noticed was the anointing and love. The people were very accepting of us. I had a feeling we were supposed to be there,” Klassen said.
“Pastor Tim (BylerO is a very alive and full of love. He is very patient, kind and supportive. You have to love him because he is so outgoing,” Klassen said. “Through his teaching and being a friend, he has helped me to grow spiritually. Pastor Tim is very encouraging and his words are always on track. He is a man of integrity and someone I see as very honorable.”
Klassen, her husband, Abraham, and their two children, Halayma and Isaac, feel right at home at Bethesda. Klassen serves as a secretary at Bethesda and is currently taking classes toward a master’s in pastoral counseling. She also is the registration team director.
Elizabeth Smith Torres is another member of Bethesda who has nothing but positive things to say about her church and pastor. Torres has been a member since 1985. “Bethesda has really become a family for me. The people really gel together. It does not matter if they have been there a long time or a short time,” she said.
“I really love the church and have grown under the leadership of the different pastors. At Bethesda, we watch out for one another; we care for one another and make one another smile,” Torres said. “The church also reaches out into the community. One of the outreach programs is the puppet ministry for children.” 
“Being able to grow inspires me to expect the best God can do in my life. My pastor has a unique way of teaching so the Bible comes alive. During the course of the day, I can reflect on things he has said,” Torres said.
Bethesda has a dynamic choir and Torres is a longtime member. She is also a part of the singles’ ministry at the church.
Pastor Tim Byler (Pastor Tim, as he is called) is a seventh-generation preacher. Bethesda is multicultural with a membership of approximately 50 percent military. The church’s vision is “to reach people, mend, train and send.” Bethesda is about “touching hearts and changing lives,” Byler said.
He is married to Dr. Cindy Byler, who serves as a counselor at the church. They are the parents of four children.
Bethesda Church is at 116 Patriot’s Trail in Flemington.

 

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