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We are blessed to have a group of compassionate leaders; whose focus is on Christ.
GODLY LEADERSHIP AND SERVANTHOOD
Our church is comprised of a leadership board of elders, deacons, and deaconesses. We believe that true leadership entails a servant leadership mentality that was modeled perfectly by our Lord Jesus Christ who the Scriptures attest "came not to be served but to serve and give His life a ransom for many" (Mt. 20:28). Through this ideal example, we believe Biblical leadership affords us the privilege to follow in the steps of our Savior by putting the needs of those we serve above our own (Phil. 2:1-6).
PASTOR MARK DESILVA
I was privileged to be born and raised in a Christian home where I was introduced to Jesus Christ. At about the age of 8, I received Jesus as my personal savior after watching a Billy Graham crusade on television with my father. After my father's death, when I was 10, I struggled throughout my teen years to deal with this devastating loss. After me and my family drifted from the Lord, God pulled me back through the instrumental work of two youth workers. After rededicating my life to Jesus as both my Savior and Lord, I soon felt God's calling upon my life to pursue full-time ministry.
After graduating from Bible college I met my lovely wife and after we were married I worked in a Christian school with her while I also attended seminary In the Washington DC area. Just prior to this I had met a pastor who took me under his wings and played a significant role in my discipleship. His loving influence helped to launch me into the pastoral ministry.
I have now been in pastoral ministry for the last 18 years and have had the privilege to pastor a variety of churches. In each of these previous ministries, however, I experienced disappointment and became somewhat disillusioned by what the "church" had become. The politics, back biting and power struggles that had accompanied these works had left my wife and I tired, discouraged and questioning whether this was what God intended for His church and our life. After leaving an unhealthy ministry riddled with a history of problems, some folks approached me about the possibility of starting a new church ministry. After much prayer and some personal hesitancy I finally surrendered to God's leading in my life. We began LHBC in May of 2006 at the Wyoming Camp Ground. As a new ministry we met many challenges and personal struggles. We began this work in an unconventional manner as we had no "mother Church" or trained leaders who were familiar with the church planting process. But despite these limitations God has perfected His strength in our weaknesses. Although this ministry continues to face daunting challenges I have learned to keep our focus on the Lord Jesus Christ and His glory, not on myself or anything else. The theme verse we have adopted in Ps. 127:1, states this simple truth, "Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it."
Through many trials God has given me a vision for His church today. It is a vision which stresses both becoming conservative in doctrine but also compassionate in action. We must stand on the principles of God's Word without any apology or compromise but we must also have a heart for the hurting and hopeless people God places around us. This balance between truth and love is the key to living out and exalting the person of Jesus Christ.
On a more personal note, I have been happily married now for more than 25 years to my lovely wife, Jonna and have 4 wonderful children (Nina, Mark II, Aria, Isabella) who are all involved in our church. I enjoy rooting for my beloved Philadelphia Eagles, exercising and reading. I also occasionally enjoy photography and astronomy. My greatest passion however, is my love and ministry for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He has given me a burden for teaching and disciplining others and I am so thankful for His special calling upon my life. My spiritual gifts are that of teaching, exhorting and shepherding God's people. Moreover, I count it a great honor to be able to pastor my dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ here at LHBC. I believe that by His grace we have been able to establish something very special here and I would like to take this opportunity to invite each of you to join us for our Sunday services. I praise God for His abundant grace upon my life and I pray that you too may be able to come to know that fullness of life that comes through Him. May God bless each of you!
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