Our Pastor

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On January 10, 2016, the First Baptist Church of New Bethlehem elected Ronald J. Kunselman as pastor.

Rev. Kunselman has family roots deep in the Redbank Valley area.  A native and current resident of Hawthorn, he is a 1997 graduate of Redbank Valley High School and a 2001 graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration, majoring in real estate and finance.

In 2010, he earned a master of divinity degree from the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, and three years later earned a master of theology degree of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, with a concentration in church history and historical theology.

He has served the First Baptist Church as a part-time bi-vocational associate pastor for the past two years while continuing secular work  with Falcon Research and Settlement of Hawthorn. He was been involved with the latter position from 2010-2012 and again from 2013 through 2015. In secular work he has served as an operations analyst in the secondary mortgage market industry in Denver, Colorado, and in all facets of the title insurance industry in both Colorado and his native state.

In church-affiliated service, Rev. Kunselman had served from February to August 2012 as interim pastor of the Sloan Hill Church of Templeton, and in the summers of 2008 and 2009 he was an intern at the Evangelical Baptist Church of Newton, Massachusetts.  He had also served as a deacon at the Tri-City Baptist Church of Westminster, Colorado.  While living in the latter state he had held positions with two companies serving the real  estate and finance industries.

“I am extremely grateful for the providence of God which has led me here, and the confidence and calling to which the folks of First Baptist have entrusted me.  It is a congregation with a solid legacy and an exciting future.  By the blessing of the Holy Spirit and through a commitment to Christ’s word, I look forward to pastoring the flock here and have the pulpit of this church be a light unto the lost, a fountain of truth for the faithful, and a bulwark of hope to the broken-hearted.”