About Welsh Road Church
We look forward to watching God’s hand at work among the congregation in Maple Glen and the surrounding communities. All for the Glory of God!
Welcome to Welsh Road Church!
We are excited that you have joined us here online and would love to have you visit with us on a Sunday morning. We recognize that visiting a new church for the first time can be overwhelming, so we’d like to make it easier for you. We’ll tell you a bit more about our church and answer some questions that you might ask. If we missed some of your questions, please contact us!
Welsh Road Church – Part of Something More
Welsh Road Church and Faith Bible Fellowship Church in Harleysville are one church in two locations. How did this come about?
At the end of 2021, the Bible Fellowship Church (BFC) denomination approached Faith Bible Fellowship Church of Harleysville with the proposition to take on the former Maple Glen Bible Fellowship Church and do a work of revitalization. After prayerfully considering this opportunity, the elders and congregation of Faith BFC accepted this responsibility and privilege.
As of July 1, 2022, Faith BFC of Harleysville became the elders and leadership for Maple Glen BFC. In Oct. 2022, Faith BFC called one of their Associate Pastors (AJ Miller) to serve as the pastor of this congregation.
Maple Glen BFC was renamed Welsh Road Church and remains under the leadership and authority of Faith BFC, so together they are one church in two locations.
Faith BFC has begun the task of revitalization within Welsh Road Church by creating a new mission, new vision, and a new direction for the health and growth of Welsh Road Church. Faith BFC of Harleysville is providing guidance and wisdom with the goal of having Welsh Road Church become a particular church of the Bible Fellowship Church denomination once again.
The mission of Welsh Road Church is to bring glory to God through our worship of Him, by equipping the saints for the work of ministry, and evangelizing the world.
Welsh Road Church will thrive in its strategic location by doing all things for the glory of God: preaching the treasures of Christ in a clear and applicable way, building up the body to do the work of the ministry, raising up leaders within the church, creating an engaging worship service, ministering to our community’s needs, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our Core Values
Lord’s Day Gathering: Worship is giving God the praise, adoration, glory, reverence, and honor He alone is worthy to receive. God’s people are to live a life of worship that recognizes who God is and what He has done. Therefore, we will gather regularly for corporate worship, and encourage God’s people to worship Him as a family and individuals. (John 4:23-24; Romans 12:1-2; BFC Article of Faith 18.3)
Preaching/Teaching of God’s Word: The Holy Scriptures are the inspired, infallible Word of God; the supreme and final authority of our faith and conduct. Therefore, the Word of God will be a foundational element to all of our ministry endeavors, and we will seek to be obedient to the Word of God both in our relationships with fellow believers and those outside the church. (2 Tim. 3:16-4:5; BFC Article of Faith 18.4)
Communicating with our Lord: We believe prayer is essential to a vital relationship with God. Prayer demonstrates our dependence upon God and not ourselves and is also a primary way we minister in love to each other. Therefore, we will incorporate prayer into each ministry of the church. (Phil. 4:6-7; Col. 4:2; Eph 6:18-21)
Community & Encouragement: The world will know that we are His disciples by how we love one another. Therefore we will encourage each attender to be involved in a small group, Bible study, or ministry that will enable them to share in the encouraging and strengthening of the body, actively promoting fellowship among our people. (John 13:34-35; BFC Article of Faith 21.1)
Sharing Christ with the community and the world: Jesus’ commission to the church was to go and make disciples of all nations. Therefore, we will ensure the Gospel is clearly taught and we will equip each believer to share the Gospel. We will also actively dedicate our time, talents and treasures to extend the work of the Gospel. (Matt. 28:18-20; BFC Article of Faith 21)
Development and Deployment: Christ, as the Head of the church, gives leaders to oversee His church. These “Under-Shepherds” care for, protect and guide His people. Therefore, the church leadership will lead in a way that stretches our body to grow in a manner worthy of our calling and equips men for biblical leadership in the church. We as the body will pray for, submit to, and encourage the leadership in their service. (Eph. 4:12; 2 Tim. 2:2; BFC Article of Faith 18.4)
Ministering to those in need: As those who have received mercy from the Lord, we are called to extend that same mercy to a world in need of God’s grace. (Luke 10:25-37)
PLAN A VISIT
While rooted first and foremost in Scripture, we are a member of the Bible Fellowship Church denomination and believe the central truths of the Bible have been faithfully summarized in the Statement of Faith found in the Faith and Order of the Bible Fellowship Church.
Access a complete copy of the Bible Fellowship Church Faith & Order here.
About the Bible
We believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God; the supreme and final authority of what to believe and how to live.
We believe God exists eternally in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are one God. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He became man, lived a sinless life, died on a cross to save sinners, rose again and ascended into heaven where he is seated at the right hand of the Father. One day He will return in power and glory to complete the establishment of His kingdom on earth.
We believe God loves all people and made the human race in His image to enjoy perfect fellowship with Him. Because of mankind’s sin, the relationship with God has been severed. All people have been corrupted by sin and are unable to enjoy a right relationship with God, apart from God’s grace.
We believe God’s grace is displayed in Jesus Christ, who shed his blood on the cross as the payment for mankind’s sin. There is no way, however sincere, to be saved other than through Jesus Christ. Those who repent and place their faith in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection are reconciled to God and imparted with new life.
About the Christian Life
We believe the Holy Spirit dwells within each Christian empowering them for lives of obedient service. As the Word of God is believed and obeyed, the Holy Spirit is working in the life of the Christian making them more like Christ.
About the Church
We believe the Church is composed of all those who, through faith, have received Jesus Christ. The purpose of the church is to worship God, edify believers and proclaim the gospel—God’s message of salvation—to the world.
Access a complete copy of the Bible Fellowship Church Faith & Order here.
“Here at Welsh Road Church, we will be built on the two pillars of prayer and the ministry of the Word which are powered by the Word of God and the Spirit of God, all to the glory of Jesus Christ.“
– AJ Miller
Pastor AJ Miller
Pastor of Welsh Road Church
I grew up in Ephrata, PA and at the young age of 8, felt God’s call and conviction of sin on my heart and turned my life over to Him. After moving to Maryland during high school, I began to drift from God and during my college years, backslid from God greatly. In Aug. 2011 I married Stephanie. She has been and continues to be a wonderful, loving and supportive wife. I praise God every day for giving me Stephanie.
By the grace of God, on September 20, 2013, God reoriented my life back to Him. Over the next 6 months, God began to work mightily and I kept having the thought, “You will be a pastor”. I knew God was tugging at my heart but I kept resisting. But once I entertained the thought of being a pastor, I started a young adult ministry. God blessed that ministry and I oversaw that ministry for almost 4 years. During that same time, I graduated from Lancaster Bible College with my Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies. After graduating, I took a pastor position at a church in Harrisburg, PA and was ordained to the gospel ministry in Oct. 2017. After 9 months in Harrisburg, God made it clear that I needed to move on from that church and then in January 2019, I started attending Westminster Theological Seminary working on my Masters of Divinity degree. I finished my degree in Dec. 2022.
In 2020, Stephanie and I welcomed our first child, Zachariah. And then again in 2022, we welcomed our second child, Isaac. After moving to Harleysville for seminary, the Lord led us to Faith BFC in Harleysville, PA, where I served as the youth pastor for 2 years. God has given me a passion for preaching and teaching the treasures of Christ. God has made 2 Timothy 4:1-5 my life passage. I feel called 1) to preach and teach the Word with power and conviction; 2) to fear God and not man; 3) to fulfill my ministry that God has called me to; 4) and to preach and teach that reproves, rebukes, and exhorts with complete patience. Stephanie and I look forward with great anticipation and excitement to what God is going to do in and through Welsh Road Church as I serve as the pastor.
Soli Deo Gloria
Elders & Deacons of Faith BFC and Welsh Road Church
RJ James, Rick Lutz, Tom Koch, Nate Orlowski, Dan Coyle, BK Roberts, Pastor Andy Crossgrove, Pastor Mike Walker, Pastor AJ Miller
Jarrod Buso, Glen LeSuer, Joe Detweiler, Kerry Lewis, Glen Gangewer