Happy Anniversary, Pastor Woody!

On July 1, 2010, Glenn “Woody” Dalton celebrated his thirtieth year as pastor of the Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church. Here, he preaches during General Conference 1994. Courtesy of the Brethren in Christ Historical Library and Archives.

Yesterday, Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church celebrated Pastor Glenn “Woody” Dalton’s thirtieth year of ministry with the congregation. That milestone makes Woody the only current pastor in the denomination to consecutively serve a single congregation for this amount of time. An impressive accomplishment indeed!

Happy anniversary, Pastor Woody!


About Devin Manzullo-Thomas

Father to Lucas. Husband to Katie. Prof and administrator at Messiah College. PhD student at Temple University. Member of Grantham BIC.
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2 Responses to Happy Anniversary, Pastor Woody!

  1. Harriet Bicksler says:

    Great picture!! (And probably one of only a few that has Woody in a tie–unless he’s officiating at a wedding…) Congratulations, Woody!

  2. Karen D. says:

    As part of the Harrisburg congregation, and one who was there 30 years ago when Pastor Woody came to us, I am thankful for the continuity of having one pastor for a long time. In the 1980’s, my family left to be church-planters in Japan. Six years later, it was reassuring to be warmly welcomed back home by our pastor and congregation.

    Over the years, there have been dozens of missionaries and hundreds of short-termers sent forth from “HBIC” and Pastor Woody is always encouraging and supportive.

    Since the year 2000, my husband and I have been missionaries in Goa (West India BIC). We go for 6 months each year. Everyone who knows Woody, KNOWS that he is not cross-cultural at all! But when people in the congregation offered to send him to visit us, he surprised everyone by flying over for a few weeks. We have never had a visitor who was less prepared or who experienced more sicknesses and wierd problems in Goa. But we appreciated his visit and counsel, and we think he is glad he went (now that it is over),

    Our congregation in Harrisburg has grown in size, transitioned a lot and even moved buildings, but throughout, our pastor shared his vision for an interracial church and helped us move through the necessary changes, taught us about Grace and held us fast to the important doctrines of the church.

    Sunday was a 30th Anniversary for Woody Dalton, and it was a celebration for all of us.

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