A LETTER FROM PASTOR MATT • I am a family man through and through. My wife and I have three children, Rainy Jewell, River Josephine, and Ross Jax. We moved to the Baltimore area in 2009 after graduating from Bible College and have been here ever since. We live in the Dundalk Area, and when it became clear that it was God's timing to start a church, the plan was to start in our home. A house church around our dining room table sounded refreshing and organic, but God had other plans. Within one week of the decision to plant a church in Dundalk, my path crossed with Dr. Ron Wright, pastor of Merritt Park Baptist Church. Dr. Wright has been faithfully serving the Lord in the Dundalk community for 40 years. We had one conversation and I could sense the Spirit's involvement. After several meetings with the church leadership at Merritt Park, they graciously offered the use of their facilities and Bethlehem Church was born. What inevitably would have begun in our home, quickly gained traction in a local church, offering more space and expanding our outreach instantly. We are grateful for the kindness that Merritt Park has shown us, and we are eagerly anticipating what God will do through this Partnership.
Some have asked me, "Why Bethlehem for the name?" My response has been that it is a place of beginnings. When I moved to Dundalk in 2009, I was immediately met with backboned, blue collar, hard working American people. I learned that Dundalk in particular is a place of great heritage. One thing in Dundalk's past that always seemed to surface was Bethlehem Steel. It was the beginning for so many in this community years ago because the steel plant provided jobs and a source of support. Considering this history and heritage, Bethlehem Church seemed fitting. From the birthplace of our Savior, to the source of industry that built a community- our name is Bethlehem Church. Our motto is Simply Jesus.