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Volunteer Lay Pastor Lance Moncrieffe baptizes Matthew Pondexter and Emilee Pearsal

Door-to-Door Invitation Results in Baptisms

Story by Tamyra Horst

A year ago, 12-year-old Emilee Pearsal and her friend, Khaleisha, along with their mothers, participated in Pennsylvania Conference's Faith for Family evangelism outreach program with their Chestnut Hill church family in Philadelphia. Knocking on doors and distributing flyers, they invited people to an upcoming Revelation seminar at the church.

Matthew Pondexter found the invitation Pearsal left on his door and attended the series. He fell in love with the church family and began attending their services. Soon, Pondexter was a regular at prayer meeting on Wednesdays and vespers on Fridays. On Thursday evenings, he attended baptismal classes, led by Lance Moncrieffe, Chestnut’s volunteer lay pastor. On Sabbath afternoons, Pearsal likewise began attending baptismal classes with other youth.

This past fall, Moncrieffe baptized Pondexter and Pearsal into the Chestnut family. Moncrieffe later baptized Khaleisha over the Christmas holiday.

“It’s exciting to hear how God has worked in Emilee and Matthew’s lives—and also in the lives of the more than 230 people who joined a Pennsylvania Conference church by September, just before fall meetings impacted others for the kingdom,” shares Tim Bailey, ministerial director. “Please join me in praying for the spring 2021 evangelistic events, as pastors and lay members across our conference share the gospel in their communities. God will again do amazing things this year!”

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