Bethel Chapel Church’s Elders
Rev. David Scudder
David Scudder grew up in Southern California. At the age of 12, he attended a local youth rally where he heard about his need for Christ’s forgiveness. During this week-long youth rally, he surrendered his life to Christ. After high school, he traveled to South Carolina where he attended Bob Jones University. Here, he met his wife Diane. David and Diane were married in 1977. After finishing his schooling, David spent then years in the business world and then he went on to pastor a small southern church for seven years.
In 1992, David moved his family to Philadelphia to become the Pastor of Bethel Chapel Church. David has four children (Daniel, Derick, Doug, and Darla) and seven grandchildren. David is the Senior Pastor, works as a chaplain at The Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and in addition to leading one of the shepherd groups, he also counsels, disciples, provides oversight for different aspects of the ministry, and writes a weekly column for the Juniata News, a community newspaper.
Rev. Derick Scudder
Derick Scudder grew up in North Carolina and moved to Philadelphia in 1992 when he was fourteen. He attended Bodine High School for International Affairs and grew up in the youth group here at Bethel Chapel. Derick graduated from Bob Jones University in 2004 and a year later from seminary with a Masters Degree in Bible. Derick and his wife Sarah have three children (Sophia, Naomi, and Mercy). He enjoys cooking, history and the perpetual disappointment of being a Philadelphia sports fan.
Derick came to know Christ as a child when he prayed with his Mom after family devotions. As he grew up, God continued to graciously work in his life to teach him his need of Savior. One of Derick’s main responsibilities at Bethel is leading the youth group each Friday night. He also leads the worship at Bethel, manages the church office and oversees our long term planning. Growing up in Juniata, Derick has always loved this community. He is currently president of the Juniata Action Committee (www.JuniataAction.com) and helps organize Juniata Fest, a business fair in the neighborhood each year. Derick blogs at costlymercy.com.
José Serrano Sr
Jose Serrano grew up in San Juan,Puerto Rico. He attended high school in Puerto Rico and college in California. In the 60’s, he was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. While in the military at fort Jackson, SC, Jose attended a church meeting. When the invitation came, he went forward and officially became a Christian. Although the war ended prior to his deployment, God had a greater purpose for his draft. He returned to Puerto Rico where he met his wife, Irma Soto, and were married in 1980. In 1991 Jose came to Massachusets to visit family that had moved outside of Puerto Rico. Due to an illness, and the eminent bankruptcy of his employer at the time, Jose looked for a job in the states. Although his search for a job began in Massachusets, it led him here to Philadelphia. Jose moved to Philadelphia in 1992 along with his wife, Irma, and two children, Jose Jr. and Brenda. Both of his children are married. He has three grandchildren (Rebekah, Hannah, and Isabel), and one cat. Jose is Semi-retired, enjoys playing Sudoku, taking trips, and reading. He’s been attending Bethel since 1995. He leads a Shepherding group, and helps with church maintenance.
Mike Infanti grew up in Philadelphia. He attended Cardinal Dougherty High School and went to college at Temple University. He moved to Juniata on October 15, 1990. Mike started attending Bethel on January 2000. In May 2000, Mike realized he was separated from God because of his sin and he could do nothing to change that fact. He knew Jesus was the only one who could save him from his sin, so Mike asked Jesus to forgive him and apply His sacrifice to his life. He has two cats (but wishes they were dogs or ferrets.) He enjoys watching sports, movies, reading, home improvement, working out, walking, and volunteering. He is currently employed by the city of Philadelphia at the Office of Innovation and Technology. Teaching and counseling are Mike’s favorite aspect of ministering at Bethel. Currently, he is involved with the Kensington neighborhood house and visitations. He is also co-chair of one of the four shepherding groups.
Bethel Chapel Church’s Deacons
Roy Kelton grew up in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. He has lived inPhiladelphia since 1943, attended Frankford High School and graduated from Temple University. Roy has attended Bethel since birth. At the age of ten (or eleven), Roy’s Sunday school teacher, Mr. Esuchanko, led him to the Lord. The Lord drew Roy to a deeper faith and stronger commitment when he was a teenager. As a teen, he worked in the youth group ministry. In 1968, Roy married his high school sweetheart, Lynne. They have two children and five grandchildren. He is interested in sports, home repair, reading, and spending time at the shore. Roy is currently retired. The joy of fellowshipping with brothers and sisters in Christ is Roy’s favorite aspect of ministering at Bethel. Currently, he works as the head of the deacon board, missionary committee and helps organize church fellowships.
Carmelo Matos was born and raised in Puerto Rico. In June 1969, he and his family moved to Philadelphia. Here he attended one of the local high school and college. In August 1977, Carmelo married his wife Roberta, who had led him to the Lord, after having a conversation about going to Confession in the local Catholic church. It was through this conversation that Carmelo came to know the Lord. They went on to have three children: Melissa, Sarah and Jonathan. He has been attending Bethel for thirty years. Carmelo enjoys woodworking, leather work, and spending time with his three granddaughters Sophia, Naomi, and Mercy Scudder. He currently works for the state Parole Board. The diversity and the closeness of a small church is Carmelo’s favorite aspect of ministering at Bethel. Currently, he is involved in the ministry at the Luzerne Treatment Center.
Jose Serrano Jr.
Jose Serrano Jr. was born and raised in Puerto Rico. At the age of eight, his family moved to Massachusetts. A year later, in 1991 his family moved to Juniata. When he was 14, after attending youth group at Bethel Chapel for two years, he came under conviction of sin. He went home that night and accepted Christ as his Savior. Jose went on to attend Central High School and later graduated from Bob Jones University. At Bob Jones University, Jose met his wife Heidi. In July 2004, they were married. Today they have three children (Rebekah, Hannah, and Isabel.) He enjoys playing the guitar, piano, singing, electronic gadgets, camping, and writing. He is currently involved with youth group, nursery, and serves as one of the worship leaders. He loves being used by God to grow, encourage others, and to be encouraged. He hopes to learn to be a better disciple maker.
Dennis Snipes grew up in Philadelphia. He has lived in Juniata since 1984. Dennis attended Frankford High School and Temple University. Dennis received the Lord during a Sunday school class, at Bethel Temple Church in Kensington, when he was sixteen years old. He’s been attending Bethel Chapel since 1979.
Dennis met his wife, Dottie, at Bethel Chapel. They were married in 1984. They have two children: Matt and Josh. He is interested in sports and reading. He is currently employed by The American Law Institute as a Customer Service Representative. His favorite aspect of ministering at Bethel is the worship and prayer time that happens on Sunday mornings. Dennis is involved with the usher and nursery ministries at Bethel.
Steve Voyenski was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA in the Juniata and Kensington neighborhoods. Steve attended Northeast High School. He has three children and two grandkids. Steve is married to Laura Voyenski. He enjoys bowling, eating out, and telling stories. After drifting away from Bethel Chapel, he returned and was immediately brought under conviction that he wasn’t saved. Although he attended church in the past, he knew that Christ’s sacrifice was all that God would accept as payment for his sins. He got down on his knees and the Lord showed him that he never really repented of sins. He accepted Christ and God changed his life. Steve has been attending Bethel since 1976. He currently works for the Phillies. He’s in charge of handling the church’s insurance, as well as other administrative tasks. He is also involved in discipling. Teaching is his favorite aspect of ministering at Bethel.