State Baptist leader to speak at First Baptist
LOCK HAVEN — Rev. Paul Joseph Connor, Sr., the state representative for the Pennsylvania Association of Regular Baptist Churches, a fellowship of just under 90 churches across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will be speaking twice at First Baptist Church, 210 N. Vesper St., Lock Haven on Sunday, June 30 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
His regular association duties include coordinating statewide activities, as well as counseling churches, pulpit committees, pastors, deacons, and preaching for pulpit supply, missionary conferences, and special meetings, and working with interested churches outside the association, and helping in the establishing of mission churches in Pennsylvania.
He is editor of the Keystone Baptist, a quarterly newspaper for the association and manages the association’s internet website, www.parbc.org.
Brother Connor was pastor of Marsh Creek Fellowship Baptist Church in Wellsboro for almost 20 years before beginning his ministry as state representative in 1997. He has been preaching and ministering the Word of God since 1965.
His education was received at Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C. Before his conversion – accepting Christ as his personal Savior – he studied for two years at Mt. Angel Seminary, Mt. Angel, Oregon (a Benedictine Monastery training men for the Catholic priesthood).
He claims to be an all-American boy, having been born on the Naval base in San Diego, Cal., during World War II, spending his “Mark Twain days” along the Illinois River in Morris, Ill., and then his family relocated to the Willamette Valley/Salem Oregon in the beautiful Northwest.
From there he went to South Carolina for his Christian education at Bob Jones University and to serve as youth pastor at Hampton Park Baptist Church; and then to Michigan and Pennsylvania to pastor.
He is a member of the American Council of Christian Churches and the Independent Baptist Fellowship of North America. Brother Connor founded Tioga County Christian Academy and was on the Executive Board of Keystone Christian Education Association (KCEA). Because of his burden for Christian education he works closely with the KCEA in Harrisburg for the well being of state churches and schools.
Paul and Judy, his wife of 52 years, reside in York, Pa. and are members of Hope Baptist Church of Hanover.
They have three children, all married, and are blessed with nine grandchildren.
For more information call Pastor Doug Packard at First Baptist Church 570-748-3744. The public is invited.